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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

The condom tree program

 

Overview

The condom tree program is a regional program that seeks to minimise the prevalence of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among Indigenous Western Australians. The program was first trialled in Fitzroy Crossing in 1998 and has since been implemented in other communities in Western Australia (WA) including Derby, Kununurra, Halls Creek, and Broome.

The program evolved out of concern for the high rate of STIs among Indigenous people in selected regions throughout WA. One strategy for addressing this issue was to increase access to condoms by overcoming factors such as cost, availability, and shame.

The condom trees are made out of PVC pipes that are painted by local community members. The condoms are placed inside the pipes and the pipes hang on tree branches located at popular gathering places.

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Contacts

Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service
640 Dora Street
Broome WA 6725
PO Box 1879
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 91921 338
Fax: (08) 91921 606
Email: bramsrecp@westnet.com.au

Evaluated publications

Shire of Broome (2006)

Condom tree report.

Broome, WA: Shire of Broome

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Last updated: 16 January 2013
 
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