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Information for sexual health practitioners

National guidelines

Relevant Queensland guidelines

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adolescent Sexual Health Guideline (2013) (PDF, 280kB) provides relevant insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and historical influences, to help guide practice in order to deliver culturally competent sexual healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents.

A North Queensland Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016-2021 (Action Plan) (PDF, 4.31MB) also targets:

  • Eliminating congenital syphilis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies in North Queensland by December 2017.
  • Controlling the syphilis outbreaks in the North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population by December 2020.
  • Progressively reducing the prevalence of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in North Queensland.

Sexual health program nurses

A sexual health program nurse practising under the Drug Therapy Protocol – Sexual Health Program Nurse (including Reproductive Health) (PDF, 64kB)  (DTP-SHPN) may only administer or supply the drugs listed in the DTP-SHPN in accordance with a Health Management Protocol (HMP) approved by the nurse’s employer.

Previously separate and annually reviewed HMPs for nurses administering medication under the DTP-SHPN were replaced by a project completed in 2010 to develop the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Management Guidelines (the guidelines).

Section 4 – Treatment and management and Section 5 – Reproductive health were endorsed as a Department of Health HMP until August 2015 and have been removed because their content was out of date from a clinical perspective. The other sections in the guidelines provide supporting information for the sexual health workforce and have been retained until the development of a Queensland sexual health strategy is completed.

From 1 July 2012 Hospital and Health Service (HHS) employers have been responsible for the governance of Sexual Health Program Nurse authorisations under the provisions of the DTP-SHPN. Local HMPs must be endorsed and dated by the HHS Chief Executive Officer and the content needs to meet the requirement of the DTP-SHPN.

Please note the listed version control dates.

S100 Prescribers

The Queensland Department of Health accredits community-based medical practitioners who wish to become prescribers of HIV and Hepatitis medications.  

Read more about accredited prescribers of s100 HIV and Hepatitis medications

Last updated: 23 September 2016