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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health and blood borne virus strategy 2005-2008

by Department of Health and Ageing

Report
Year 2005
City Canberra
Institution Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Abstract

Evidence shows that high rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are due in large part to lack of access to basic primary health care services for appropriate treatment, care and support. This strategy builds upon the work of the National Indigenous Australians’ Sexual Health Strategy (NIASHS) 1996-97 to 2003-04 and complements national mainstream strategies in related areas. It highlights the additional priorities and special issues that are unique to the prevention and treatment needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Its intention is to provide a comprehensive approach to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and blood borne viruses (BBV) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The strategy identifies four priority areas that require concerted action by Indigenous-specific and mainstream health services. They are:

  • sexually transmissible infections;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the cross border region of Australia and
    Papua New Guinea;
  • access to needle and syringe programs; and
  • increased capacity in the health and community workforce to address all aspects of Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS, STIs and BBV.

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