For some years, the Western Australian Department of Health has experienced growing concern about the level of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in our community.
In response the Department initiated a process of consultation with health professionals, community and Aboriginal leaders to improve the management of STIs for all Western Australians.
As part of the process, guidelines for the management of STIs were first published in 1997.
The Guidelines for Managing Sexual Transmitted Infections WA (external site) have been developed in consultation with clinical experts and are regularly updated online.
The guidelines contain the most up-to-date evidence-based practice recommendations and are complemented by a range of patient and health professional resources.
WA endemic regions STI/HIV control supplement
The WA Endemic Regions STI/HIV Control Supplement (PDF 1.2MB) to the above guidelines is designed to assist practitioners working in WA regions where STIs are endemic – the Goldfields, Kimberley and Pilbara.
These regions require a customised approach to prevention, education, testing, treatment and management of STIs and HIV.
The supplement highlights both the similarities and the differences between the 3 endemic regions.
Please note: that the supplement also refers to the relevant sections of the guidelines.
Chronic hepatitis B and C primary care pathway
Across Australia, only a small proportion of people living with chronic hepatitis B or C are currently accessing treatment. Treatment with antiviral medication can significantly reduce the risk of complications such as cirrhosis and liver failure. The Western Australian Department of Health (WA Health) has developed a clinical pathway to assist GPs and primary health care providers in the assessment and management of patients with hepatitis B or hepatitis C in the community.
This clinical pathway has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, contains up to date evidence-based practice recommendations as well as links to a range of patient and health professional resources.
View the Chronic hepatitis B and C primary care pathway (PDF 1.56MB).
Sexual health and blood-borne virus program
- Grace Vaughan House
227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA 6008
- Sexual health and blood-borne virus program
Department of Health WA
PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, Perth, WA 6849