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Sexual health: urban Indigenous young people project



This project was initiated to address the significantly higher rate of chlamydia notifications among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those under the age of 26, when compared with other Australians.

Through a partnership between Queensland Health and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, the project will seek to develop and implement public health strategies for primary health care settings to assist with the early identification and control of chlamydia among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The project also aims to increase chlamydia testing rates and coverage in this population through the implementation of routine and appropriately targeted chlamydia testing in urban general practices.

An expected outcome of this project is the development and evaluation of sustainable innovative systems within general practice for increasing access to diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people within an urban setting.

The Queensland University of Technology, Chlamydia Research Centre is funding this project.


Joseph Debattista
Sexual Health, HIV & Hepatitis Coordinator (Metro North Hospital & Health Service)
Ph: 0404 136 457

Condy Canuto
Research Officer (IUIH)
Ph: 0431 633 520


Last updated: 30 November 2012
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