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Queensland Sexual Health Strategy

The Queensland Government committed $5.27 million over four years to implement the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 (PDF, 4.4MB).

The Queensland Sexual Health Strategy (the Strategy) was developed by the Department of Health in collaboration and consultation with stakeholders including health consumers, other government departments and community organisations.

The Strategy helps improve the sexual and reproductive health of all Queenslanders by addressing a broad range of sexual and reproductive health issues including health promotion, prevention, clinical service provision and community education.

Additional challenges addressed under the Strategy include population growth, rising rates of sexually transmissible infections, increasing numbers of people living with HIV and sexual health-related risk behaviours.

The Strategy provides an overarching framework for the following action plans:

UPDATE: This current time-limited Strategy is due to conclude at the end of 2021. Following a light touch refresh, the Strategy will become an enduring Framework from 2022.

Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee

The Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee was established in 2017 to provide advice to the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services on sexual and reproductive health-related matters aligned to the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016–2021 and its associated action plans.

The committee also

  • provides advice on priorities and future challenges on sexual and reproductive health-related matters, including investment priorities under the Strategy and research activities
  • provides opportunities for clinicians, service providers and advocates to communicate and share in the information of strategic importance to the delivery of effective sexual and reproductive health services in Queensland
  • provides input into statewide, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne-virus policies and other clinical guidelines where appropriate
  • reports on progress towards actions in the Strategy and associated action plans.

There are 11 core members of the committee (PDF, 80kB )representing specific target populations or other stakeholder groups in the sexual and reproductive health sectors in Queensland.

UPDATE: The term of the current Committee is due to conclude at the end of 2021. A new three-year term has been confirmed from 2022.

Sexual Health Research Fund

The Department of Health has committed $1,065,000 over three financial years to the Sexual Health Research Fund (SHRF) to provide seed funding for translational research. Grants of up to $100,000 (including GST) are available for research that will improve the delivery of sexual health services and support implementation of the Strategy.

Comprised of a subset of Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee members, a research subcommittee has been appointed to set  research priorities each year and assess and recommend applications for funding.

Administration of the SHRF is provided by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).

UPDATE: A fourth round of the Sexual Health Research Fund has been confirmed for FY2021-22. Check back here or on the ASHM website for further details as they become available.

Round one – Successful applications

Research title: Management of syphilis in pregnant women and their newborn infants in Queensland 2014–2018 assessment and recommendations to optimise management and outcomes.

Research title: Increasing capacity and capability of GPs to provide Hepatitis B testing and follow-up management for Chinese and Vietnamese community members.

Research title: Investigating Sexual Health Trajectories of Gender Variant/Sexually Diverse Young people to Inform and Enhance Clinical Pathways and Care.

Round two – Successful applications

Research title: Precision public health for enhanced syphilis management in Queensland.

Research title: Enhancing pathways, workforce and capacity for HAND (HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders) assessment for people living with HIV (PLHIV) throughout Qld-including regional.

Research title: GoLoCypro: Titrating lowest effective dose of cyproterone acetate for treatment of transgender and gender diverse people who request feminising hormones.

Research title: Reducing disparities for Australian culturally and linguistically diverse overseas-born people in relation to sexual health and blood-borne viruses: Queensland sub-study.

Round three – Successful applications

Research title: Sexual and reproductive health literacy of young culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders.

Research title: Enhancing harm reduction services (BBV and STI) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who inject drugs through improved engagement.

Research title: Exploring the relationships between HIV literacy and networks of newly arrived Asian-born gay, bisexual and MSM.

Research title: Co-design of a healthy literacy framework (CALD): Supporting sexual health providers to meet the needs of CALD young people.

Events

The Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee’s Annual Stakeholder Engagement Forum:

2021

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Workshop will be held at the Red Earth Hotel in Mt Isa on Thursday 7 October 2021. This will be a small, focussed event for service providers within the North West Hospital and Health Service region.
  • The North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Forum will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Townsville on Friday 15 October 2021. This larger event will welcome participation from service providers, policy makers, consumers, and other stakeholders involved in caring for the sexual health of First Nations people in the northern regions of our State.

For further information please contact the Sexual Health Strategy team on 3328 9077 or by emailing sexualhealthstrategy@health.qld.gov.au

The Sexual Health Strategy 2016–2021 proudly partnered with Clinical Excellence Queensland to establish the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Network; a statewide network of sexual health professionals who will share and provide expertise, advice and recommendations to Hospital and Health Services (HHS) and the Department of Health to support high quality, safe, effective and equitable public sexual health services.

  • The Sexual Health Service Delivery - negotiating health systems to move forward - 10 December 2021, 1.00–3.00pm. Virtual forum (via Teams). More detail to come.

For further information please contact the Clinical Excellence Queensland Healthcare Improvement Unit on 3328 9140 or by emailing sexualhealthnetwork@health.qld.gov.au or visit  https://qheps.health.qld.gov.au/caru/networks/sexual-health (intranet only, website coming soon).

Reports

Queensland Sexual Health Strategy Progress Report 2016–2021 (PDF, 1,310KB) details the significant progress against the priority actions of the Strategy since the December 2016 launch.

North Queensland HIV Roundtable Report (PDF, 1.76MB) documents the information gathered from key stakeholders in October 2017 to promote the prevention and integrated management of HIV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Forum Report (PDF, 3,597KB) provides a detailed account of the inaugural Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee Stakeholder Engagement Forum held in Brisbane on 10 October 2018, with a focus on youth sexual and reproductive health.

Facilitating primary care in the prevention, treatment and management of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections in Queensland forum Report (PDF, 2,188KB) provides a detailed account of the second annual Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee Stakeholder Engagement Forum held in Brisbane on 9 October 2019.

Communiques

February 2021(PDF 59 kB)

November 2020 (PDF, 72KB)

February 2020 (PDF, 64KB)

November 2019 (PDF, 90KB)

October 2019 Primary Care Forum (PDF, 81KB)

August 2019 (PDF, 450KB)

May 2019 (PDF, 70KB)

February 2019 (PDF, 67KB)

January 2019 North Queensland HIV Roundtable (PDF, 73KB)

November 2018 (PDF, 76KB)

June 2017—August 2018 (PDF, 69kB)

Last updated: 28 June 2021