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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).

This 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:

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.

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

Research applications open on Monday 2 March 2020 and close on Friday 17 April 2020.

  1. Research into cultural behavioural factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in North Queensland which influence risk and mitigation strategies in HIV transmission.
  2. Research into how stigma and discrimination and/or health literacy and/or cultural considerations impact the experiences of young people from a CALD background in engaging in sex-positive conversations in their communitites and with health service providers.
  3. Research into sustainable, innovative primary care workforce retention and succession and/or service delivery models of primary care, and/or integrated models involving primary care for the prevention, treatment and management of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections across Queensland's diverse geographic locations.
  4. Feasibility and/or acceptability research into periodic presumptive treatment of asymptomatic and symptomatic sexually transmissible infections as a prevention and treatment service among young sexually active people in communities where there may be poor access to healthcare or there is presumed to be high risk and with high probability of infection. Proposals should clearly identify and address any key issues with this model of care, such as potential service provider partnerships and risk mitigation strategies.

Reports

Queensland Sexual Health Strategy Progress Report 2016–2021 (PDF, 1,310KB) details the signficant 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, 3,597 KB) 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.

Communiques

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 October 2019