WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and BBV Strategy – testing and diagnosis

Explore the feasibility, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of testing methods

The range of existing and emerging testing methods will be examined for feasibility and cost-effectiveness, including rapid testing in non-laboratory settings.

Specifically, this includes:

  • supporting the trial of point-of-care testing machines for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in appropriate sites across WA
  • investigating and supporting options for testing in non-traditional settings, such as through community outreach
  • investigating the feasibility of point-of-care testing for syphilis in appropriate sites across WA.

Increase testing in the primary health care setting

Activities to increase provider-initiated STI and BBV testing in primary health care will include:

  • supporting the extended scope of practice for registered nurses and Aboriginal health workers and associated changes to the regulatory environment to enable increased testing in remote areas and outreach settings
  • developing and/or supporting training and resources that assist doctors, nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers to embed STI and BBV screening in their practice through opportunistic testing and adult health checks.

Improve accessibility of testing for young people

Activities to improve testing rates in Aboriginal people will include: 

  • developing and evaluating a targeted social marketing campaign to address 'shame' and normalise testing among Aboriginal people
  • supporting and encouraging primary health providers to ensure services are youth-friendly.

Improve testing rates and coverage

The strategy aims to build on successful activities to improve testing rates in Aboriginal people by:

  • increasing Aboriginal people’s awareness of online testing through the Could I Have It website
  • continuing to support regional sexual health teams, including the role of regional sexual health coordinator
  • supporting the establishment of dedicated sexual health clinics where appropriate.

Maintain and strengthen links between STI and HIV testing

A key component of the strategy is to educate health professionals that HIV testing is an integral part of any STI assessment.

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