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Sexual health and relationships in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (GOANNA)
The project aim is to provide new evidence to inform health policy and practice in the areas of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viral infections (BBVs) in Australian Indigenous communities.
A total of around 3,000 young Indigenous people (aged 16-29 years) will be surveyed at cultural events across Australia between 2010 and 2013 as part of the project. Information will be gathered on the young people's:
- knowledge of STIs and BBVs
- risk behaviour in relation to STIs and BBVs
- health service access in relation to STIs and BBVs.
Project staff anticipate that the results of the project will form the basis of a resource that can be used to:
- raise the profile of Indigenous sexual health on health policy and Indigenous community agendas
- inform clinical and public health practice
- form a baseline from which to assess changes in the sexual health of young Indigenous people.
Abstract adapted from The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society
Mr Andrew Nakhla
The Kirby Institute
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Ward J, Bryant J, Wand H, Pitts M, Smith A, Delaney-Thiele D, Worth H, Kaldor J (2014)
Sexual health and relationships in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: results of the first Australian study of knowledge, risk practices and health service access for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the Goanna Survey.
Alice Springs: Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
This survey is the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia.
The survey involved collection of data comprising four areas:
- knowledge of STIs and BBVs
- risk behaviours, and
- use of and access to health services.
Just under 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-29 were surveyed in every Australian jurisdiction. The project was initiated in 2010, and data collection occurred during 2011-2013.
The survey was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with contributions from state and territory health departments, and was coordinated by peak Aboriginal health organisations in each jurisdiction.
Abstract adapted from Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
Ward J, Bryant J, Worth H, Kaldor J, Delaney-Thiele D, Pitts M, Kelaart D, Moore E, Cairnduff S, Williams S, Waples-Crowe P, Byron K, Bamblett A, Betts S, Coburn T (2013)
What's happening for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to health service access, risk behaviours and knowledge of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses: findings from the GOANNA study.
HIV Australia; 11(3): 4-6