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Consultation on Implementation Plans for the Combined National BBV and STI Strategies

On 22 January 2019, SCoA made a submission to the Consultation on Implementation Plans for the Combined National Blood Borne Virus  (BBV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategies.

The five strategies were publicly released on 29 November 2018 and set the direction for Australia’s continuing response to BBV and STI from 2018 to 2022. They include:

  • Third National Hepatitis B Strategy
  • Fifth National Hepatitis C Strategy
  • Eighth National HIV Strategy
  • Fourth National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy
  • Fifth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander BBV and STI Strategy

SCoA has made several general endorsements and recommendations regarding elements of the Implementation Plans that directly impact our members and their clients. SCoA views the Implementation Plans as providing a clear and useful tool for our members working to achieve the NSSOS, particularly in the area of ‘Health and Wellbeing’.

In particular, SCoA stressed the significance of the following across all Implementation Plans:

  • Implementing targeted, age and culturally appropriate prevention education initiatives for CALD communities. These should be done in language if possible, or with translation if this is not possible.
  • Engaging settlement service providers with education initiatives.
  • Increasing the capacity of culturally appropriate health services, including multicultural and multilingual health professionals and educators

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To read the submission, click the link below.