Aboriginal sexual health and blood-borne viruses

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) disproportionately affect the Aboriginal population in Western Australia.

Information, resources and training related to STIs and BBVs are available for health providers working with Aboriginal clients.

Consumer resources

The following leaflets provide information for Aboriginal people about a range of issues and conditions:

Mental Health Commission

The Mental Health Commission (external site) offers a range of culturally secure resources for Aboriginal people.  These resources cover topics including:
  • ‘Injecting drug use – Never share’
  • ‘Understanding hepatitis C – what our people need to know’
  • ‘Taking care – a guide to managing hepatitis C’. 

Get the Facts

Get the Facts (external site) is a culturally inclusive website that gives young people in WA advice and accurate information on relationships and safer sex.

Promotional leaflets (PDF 1.68MB) are available to print or email an order to help raise awareness of this site.

Let them know

Let them know (external site) helps people who have been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium, syphilis and trichomonas to tell their sexual partners that they might also be at risk.

Let's Yarn

Let’s Yarn (external site) is a website for health providers, educators and parents with tips for how to talk to kids about relationships and sex.

Health provider resources

Sexual health orientation manual for endemic regions

This orientation manual focuses on issues related to sexual health and clinical practice in rural and remote areas of WA, including the Pilbara, Goldfields and Kimberley regions, where sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very common. These areas are called endemic regions because STI rates are so high in these areas, and clinical practice needs to take this into account. Email the Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program to obtain a copy of this manual.

WA Endemic Regions STI/HIV Control Supplement

The WA Endemic Regions STI/HIV Control Supplement (external site) to the Guidelines for Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections guides practitioners working in regions of WA where STIs are endemic, namely the Goldfields, Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

Different approaches to prevention, education, testing, treatment and management of STIs and HIV are often required in these areas. The supplement highlights both the similarities and the differences between the three endemic regions.

Healthy conversations: yarning about sexual health and blood-borne viruses with your Aboriginal clients

This video resource outlines ways to broach issues of sexual health and blood-borne viruses with Aboriginal clients in culturally appropriate ways.

Needle and syringe programs

Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) are a public health measure that aim to reduce the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C by providing sterile injecting equipment to injecting drug users.

Consumer information about needle and syringe programs (Healthy WA) is also available.

Campaign materials

Mary G campaign

The Mary G campaign (2014) promoted safe sex and STI testing among Aboriginal people. 

The poster (PDF 2MB) is available to print and display in clinic waiting rooms and appropriate community spaces.

Blood-borne Virus (BBV) campaign 

This campaign aims to raise awareness about prevention, treatment and testing options among Aboriginal people at risk of BBVs.

A poster (PDF 7MB) is available to print and display in clinic waiting rooms and appropriate community spaces.

Videos (external site) are also available to view and share with clients.

Training and courses

A range of training and education courses is available to help health workers effectively manage issues of sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in the community.

More information

Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program

8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 9388 4841
Fax: 9388 4877
Email: shbbvp.gvh@health.wa.gov.au

Grace Vaughan House
227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA 6008

Postal address:
Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
Department of Health WA
PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, Perth WA 6849