Queensland Sexual Health Framework
The Queensland Sexual Health Framework (Framework) commenced on 1 January 2022, following the conclusion of the time-limited Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 (Strategy). The Framework continues the work of the Strategy and aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of all Queenslanders.
Recognising the significant impact of social determinants on sexual and reproductive health, this holistic, whole-of-government Framework was developed by the Department of Health following consultation with stakeholders including health consumers, other government departments, and community organisations. It is underpinned by five Queensland Blood-Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections (BBV/STI) Action Plans which align with National BBV/STI Strategies
- Queensland HIV Action Plan 2019-2022 (PDF 596 kB)
- Queensland Hepatitis B (PDF 595 kB) and Hepatitis C Action (PDF 595 kB) Plans 2019-2022
- Queensland STI Action Plan 2019-2022 (PDF 596 kB)
- Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander BBVSTI Action Plan 2019-202 (PDF 608 kB)
This policy suite provides a scaffold for meeting the wide-ranging needs of Queensland’s diverse population with informed, flexible, and responsive sexual health services, equitable access, targeted health promotion and prevention activities, and increased community awareness and access to comprehensive education throughout life.
The National BBV/STI Strategies and the Queensland BBV/STI Action Plans will be reviewed and updated in 2022.
Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee
The Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee (Committee), established in 2017, provides advice to the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services on sexual and reproductive health-related matters aligned to the Framework and its associated action plans.
The Committee also
- provides advice on priorities and future challenges on sexual and reproductive health-related matters, including recommendations for investment in research activities under the Framework
- provides opportunities for clinicians, service providers, other government agencies, advocates, and researchers 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 state-wide, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health, BBV/STI policies and other clinical guidelines where appropriate
- identifies intersections with other government agencies to promote a whole-of-government approach to improving the sexual and reproductive health of all Queenslanders
- reports on progress towards actions in the Framework and associated action plans.
Emeritus Professor Cindy Shannon AM chairs the Committee, with each member contributing expertise representative of the diversity of priority populations and/or other stakeholder groups within the sexual and reproductive health sector in Queensland. The Committee was recently reappointed for a third term from 30 March 2022 to 29 March 2025.
Coordination of implementation and reporting on the Framework and secretariat services for the Committee are provided by the Engagement and Strategy team within Communicable Diseases Branch.
Phone: +61 7 3328 9077
Annual Stakeholder Engagement Forum
The Committee hosts a stakeholder engagement forum (Forum) each year to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to come together and discuss important issues within the sexual and reproductive health sector. Typically a day-long occurrence, these events explore an identified area of need, with a report and recommendations provided to the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services post-event (see Reports section).
The 2022 Forum will be held in October in Mt Isa and will focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health. Further details will be published here as we move closer to the event.
Sexual Health Research Fund
The Department of Health established the Sexual Health Research Fund (SHRF) in late 2018 to provide seed funding for translational research.
Grants of up to $100,000 (including GST) are available in each round for research that will support implementation of the Framework and improve the delivery of sexual health services in Queensland. A research subcommittee is responsible for setting research priorities, assessing, and recommending applications for funding.
Eleven projects have been awarded across three rounds to date.
Round Four of the SHRF opened on Monday 15 November 2021, and applications close on Friday 15 April 2022.
Administration of the SHRF is provided by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).
More information, including grant guidelines, application forms, and more detail about funded projects, can be found on the ASHM website.
Statewide Sexual Health Clinical Network
Clinical Excellence Queensland established the Queensland Sexual Health Clinical Network (SHCN) in 2019, under the auspices of the Strategy.
The purpose of the Sexual Health Clinical Network is to function as a specialist platform to share and provide expertise, advice and recommendations to Hospital and Health Services (HHS) and the Department of Health to support high quality, evidence based, safe, effective, and patient focused, equitable public sexual health services.
The network enables clinicians and other relevant stakeholders to connect with one another across Queensland to share ideas and models of care, and to work together to create solutions for shared challenges.
Statewide Clinical Networks are open to clinicians, consumers and managers with experience, interest, and passion in improving healthcare.
For all other enquiries, please contact the Network Co-Ordinator
Phone: +61 7 3328 9180
Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 and Progress Reports
Two Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 Progress Reports have been published as follow
Progress Report 2016–2019 (PDF 1309 kB) details the significant progress against the priority actions of the Strategy during its first three years, since the December 2016 launch.
Progress Report 2019-2021 (PDF 1908 kB) details the progress and achievements against the priority actions of the Strategy from 2019 until the time-limited Strategy’s conclusion in 2021.
The Facilitating Primary Care in the Prevention, Treatment and Management of Blood-Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections in Queensland Forum Report (PDF 2188 kB) details the second annual Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee Stakeholder Engagement Forum held in Brisbane on 9 October 2019.
The Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Forum Report (PDF 3597 kB) details 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.
The North Queensland HIV Roundtable Report (PDF 1803 kB) 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 in North Queensland.
Note: Forums were not held in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19 impacts.
- February 2021 (PDF 59 kB)
- November 2020 (PDF 71 kB)
- February 2020 (PDF 63 kB)
- November 2019 (PDF 89 kB)
- October 2019 Primary Care Forum (PDF 80 kB)
- August 2019 (PDF 450 kB)
- May 2019 (PDF 69 kB)
- February 2019 (PDF 67 kB)
- January 2019 North Queensland HIV Roundtable (PDF 73 kB)
- November 2018 (PDF 76 kB)
- June 2017—August 2018 (PDF 261 kB)