WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and BBV Strategy – enabling environment

Reduce stigma and discrimination

Reducing racism, stigma and discrimination in community and healthcare settings is emphasised. Empowering priority populations is important to increase individual and community resilience.

This will be achieved by:

  • developing and evaluating a targeted social marketing campaign to address 'shame' and normalise STI and BBV testing among Aboriginal people
  • promoting greater recognition of injecting drug use as a health issue and social determinants related to this
  • encouraging service providers to complete cultural awareness/competency training
  • ensuring Aboriginal people are involved in service planning for STI and BBV services.

Remove barriers to equality

A primary focus of the strategy is to reduce institutional, regulatory and systems barriers to equality of care for Aboriginal people infected and affected by STIs and BBVs in the health care sector.

This will include continuing to advocate for Aboriginal people in custodial settings to have access to the same STI and BBV prevention and treatment options as are available to the general community.

Icon: Links to WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2015–2018 – prevention and education Icon: Links to WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2015–2018 – testing and diagnosis Icon: Links to WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2015–2018 – disease management and clinical care
Icon: Links to WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2015–2018 – workforce development Icon: Links to WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2015–2018 – enabling environment Icon: Links to WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2015–2018 – research, evaluation and surveillance
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