Queensland Sexual Health Strategy
The Queensland Government has committed $5.27 million over four years to implement the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 (PDF, 2.4MB).
This Strategy has been developed by the Department of Health in collaboration and consultation with stakeholders including health consumers, other government departments and community organisations.
The Strategy will help 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 that the Strategy will address 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 comprising of:
- HIV Action Plan 2016–2021 (PDF, 2.0MB)
- Hepatitis B Action Plan 2016–2021 (PDF, 2.1MB)
- Hepatitis C Action Plan 2016–2021 (PDF, 2.0MB)
- North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016–2021 (PDF, 4.31MB).
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 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.
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).
Further information on the SHRF is available on the ASHM website.
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.
Round two – Research priorities
Operational and implementation research to address the challenges to engaging people in prevention activities (including testing), treatment and care, with a focus on the following priority populations:
- Heterosexual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (North Queensland).
- Men who have sex with men (South-Eastern Queensland) – qualitative behavioural research to identify health system touch points and opportunities for intervention and education.
Research into how health professionals who provide treatment or care to people with HIV/AIDS Neurological Decline can support better health outcomes, with a focus on practical strategies.
Cultural and behavioural influence on injecting drug users in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
3. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
- LGBTQI young people operational and implementation research which addresses the barriers to CALD LGBTQI young people accessing sexual and reproductive health services and information, and access to prevention activities (including testing), treatment and care.
- Qualitative research and further analysis of existing data.
- Country of birth-specific epidemiological data on STIs to inform sexual and reproductive health promotion/prevention programs among refugee and other CALD populations (including international students and short stay visitors).
- Effective service models to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of refugee and other CALD populations (including international students).
4. Transgender people, particularly transgender youth transitioning from adolescence to adulthood
- Operational and implementation research which identifies and addresses the issues relating to gaps in service access and delivery, and the identification of appropriate referral pathways.
- Practical strategies to improve health outcomes for transgender young people as they transition to adulthood.
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