In 2009 the Queensland Health Clinical Practice Improvement Centre was engaged to facilitate a project to develop Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Management Guidelines and work continued until 2010, when a final draft was submitted to the Clinicians Meeting for endorsement. These new guidelines incorporated and replaced the previously separate and annually reviewed Health Management Protocol for Nurses administering medication under the Drug Therapy Protocol - Sexual Health Program Nurse (including Reproductive Health). A Sexual Health Management Guidelines Editorial Committee was formed to coordinate the production and ongoing quality review and improvement of the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Management Guidelines every two years. Membership of the Sexual Health Management Guidelines Editorial Committee comprised the following: Sexual Health Specialist - Urban, Sexual Health Specialist - Regional, Nursing Officer - Urban, Nursing Officer – Regional, State Nurse Educator, Team Leader - Sexual Health Communicable Diseases Unit; with provisions to invite additional specialists to provide particular expertise and assistance.
From August 2010 the Health Management Protocols applicable to Queensland Health services were based according to location of practice and included Section 4 and 5 of the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Management Guidelines and the Primary Clinical Care Manual for health professionals working in rural and remote facilities. Some sections of the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Management Guidelines were updated by the Editorial Committee in 2012 and other sections providing supporting workforce information were extended.
From 1 July 2012, in the public sector, Hospital and Health Service employers are responsible for the governance of Sexual Health Program Nurse authorisations at a local level. The transition to Hospital and Health Services also require new arrangements in relation to the Drug Therapy Protocol - Sexual Health Program Nurse (including Reproductive Health) and Health Management Protocol. To facilitate this and allow the Hospital and Health Services to develop a locally responsive Health Management Protocol, approval of Section 4 and 5 of the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Management Guidelines as a current Health Management Protocol has been extended until August 2015.
For updated information on changes to the authorisation processes for sexual health nurse authorisations, please visit the Queensland Health Medicines and Poisons webpage.
Drug Therapy Protocol – Sexual Health Program Nurse (including Reproductive Health) - currently being updated
The document has been split into section for quick downloading. Please note the listed version control dates.
Section 1 - History and assessment (2010, extended 2012) (PDF 266kb)
Section 2 - Screening priority groups (2010, extended 2012, 2013) (PDF, 173kb)
Section 3 - Syndromic Presentations (2010, extended 2012) (PDF 437kb)
Section 4 - Treatment and Management (2010, updated 2012, extended 2013) (PDF, 670kb)
Section 5 - Reproductive Health (2010, extended 2012 and 2013) (PDF 345kb)
Section 6 – Emergency presentations (2010, extended 2012) (PDF 209kb)
Section 7 - Procedures (2010, extended 2012) (PDF 255kb)
Section 8 - Nursing Officer Information (230kb PDF) (2010, updated 2012, extended 2013)
Updated Drug Therapy Protocol: Sexual and reproductive health program
Section 9 - Appendices (2010, extended 2012) (PDF 333kb)