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Key references

References for the key publications about sexual health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This evaluation reports on the efficacy of six projects in improving the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Specifically the projects sought to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people accessing testing and treatment services for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and bloodborne viruses (BBVs), reduce risk behaviours, and contribute to best practice. Over a three year period, six-monthly data (quantitative and qualitative) was collected on a range of indicators, which were used to assess the effectiveness of the projects. The evaluation findings report on three areas: governance and management; risk reduction; and services. The evaluation also identified the key features of a successful sexual health project, and of equal importance, acknowledges the lessons learned.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Bloodborne viral and sexually transmitted infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: annual surveillance report 2013.

Sydney: University of New South Wales

The Kirby Institute (2013)

HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual surveillance report 2013.

Sydney: University of New South Wales

2012

Strobel NA, Ward J (2012)

Education programs for Indigenous Australians about sexually transmitted infections and bloodborne viruses.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report investigates the efficacy of sexual health education in improving knowledge about sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses among young Indigenous Australians, and whether this leads to attitude and behaviour changes. Categorising education programs in terms of community-based, combined clinical and behavioural, and school-based, the report describes a range of initiatives that have been developed to raise awareness about sexual health among young Indigenous people, and influence behaviour. The report also explores the barriers and facilitators to the successful implementation and maintenance of sexual health programs, such as having an appropriately trained and well-resourced workforce, and ensuring young people have access to health hardware (e.g., condoms).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2010

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Second national sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 - 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Third national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 – 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy was released in March 2010. It is one of a set of five national strategies aimed at reducing the transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) and their morbidity, mortality and personal and social impacts.

The strategy highlights ongoing challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities relating to STIs and BBVs. These include:

  • sustained and unacceptably high rates of bacterial STIs in many remote communities
  • the rate of acquisition of HIV and viral hepatitis through injecting drug use
  • ongoing incidence of HIV infections among men who have sex with men
  • lack of access for many communities to culturally appropriate primary health care services.

The new priority action areas identified in the strategy are:

  • annual, routine and systematic testing, treatment and follow-up for bacterial STIs of sexually active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • increased access to treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who test positive to bacterial STIs;
  • increased primary prevention activities that seek to reduce the number of new cases of HIV and viral hepatitis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who inject drugs
  • competent and accredited workforces consistent across all jurisdictions to address the scope of work outlined in the strategy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

Skov S, Murray R, Latif A (2008)

Sexually transmitted infections.

In: Couzos S, Murray R, eds. Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach. 3 ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 622-673

Thompson SC, Greville HS, Param R (2008)

Beyond policy and planning and into practice: getting sexual health on the agenda in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

Australia and New Zealand Health Policy; 5: 3

Retrieved 19 May 2008 from http://www.anzhealthpolicy.com/content/5/1/3

2002

Coffin J, ed. (2002)

Ngalypa muwarr: Stories from Aboriginal health workers involved in sexual health work.

Perth: Department of Health

 
Last updated: 10 October 2014
 
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