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Sexually Transmitted Infections & Blood-Borne Viruses Handbook


The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) is a membership-based peak body with a leadership, advocacy and sector support role, and a commitment to Aboriginal* self-determination. AHCSA is the health voice for Aboriginal people across South Australia, representing the 11 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) and 1 Substance Misuse Service at a State and National level.

This Handbook has been developed by AHCSA to facilitate a standardised evidence-based approach to control programs for STIs and BBVs at the comprehensive primary health care level within ACCHSs in SA. The contents have been drawn from various resources aimed at clinicians and community which are listed in a separate section. The Handbook is not intended to replace other resources used by the sector, but rather as a quick reference guide primarily focussing on the standard STI check and screening of asymptomatic members of the community.

AHCSA would like to acknowledge the work of Dr David Scrimgeour who co-ordinated the previous editions of this handbook, and the following individuals for their valuable contribution to this update: Dr Alison Ward and Dr Mahesh Ratnayake from the Adelaide Sexual Health Centre; Jeff Stewart, Viral Hepatitis Nursing Support program, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Dr Salenna Elliott, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Unit, SAHMRI; Dr Nick Williams, Beth Hummerston and Isaac Hill from the Quality Systems Team at AHCSA; and members of the AHCSA Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Programs – Sarah Betts, Catherine Carroll and Michael Larkin. Finally AHCSA would like to thank Dr Razlyn Abdul Rahim and Dr David Johnson, as principal authors on the update and rewrite of this edition of the handbook.



Posted on July 23, 2019

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