WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and BBV Strategy – disease management and clinical care

Improve care and treatment

A range of tools and activities will be implemented to improve care and treatment of STIs and BBVs in Aboriginal people.

Initiatives will include:

  • promoting the importance of contact tracing to health providers, Aboriginal people and the community
  • supporting the trial of point-of-care testing machines for chlamydia and gonorrhoea across WA and assess impact on access to treatment
  • supporting changes to the relevant legislation to enable appropriate treatment to be provided when a doctor is not available
  • promoting knowledge of current treatment guidelines for all STIs including gonorrhoea, particularly with respect to the need for antimicrobial surveillance.

Increase treatment rates

Increasing the treatment rates of Aboriginal people with BBVs is a key focus of the strategy.

This can be effected by:

  • ensuring the affected community is informed about treatment options
  • increasing access to treatment through community-based treatment services in metropolitan and regional areas
  • developing culturally appropriate pathways of care for Aboriginal clients with BBVs
  • supporting and encouraging Department of Corrective Services and community health staff to maintain continuity of health care for Aboriginal people with BBV during transitions between correctional facilities and the community.
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