WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and BBV Strategy – workforce development

Training, education and support programs

Under this strategy, sector partners will work together to ensure delivery of responsive and coordinated training, continued education and professional support programs. These programs will be extended to include regional and remote areas and new workforce entrants.

This will be achieved by:

  • ensuring that the health workforce has access to resources and training to increase skills and confidence around opportunistic testing
  • supporting the development of a range of training delivery options, including face-to-face, online and video conferencing
  • supporting sexual health education training for pre-service teachers.

Provide adequate training and support

Ensuring that STI and BBV testing and treatment providers have adequate training and support to deliver appropriate services is vital.

Specifically this will be achieved by:

  • increasing promotion of relevant resources to all health providers, such as the Silverbook, STI Testing and Management Quick Guides, and Sexual Health Orientation Manual for Endemic Regions and resources developed by non-government organisations
  • improving skills and confidence in obtaining informed consent and providing test results
  • improving skills and systems to maintain client confidentiality
  • developing culturally competent workforces.

Aboriginal workforce training

Building the skills of the Aboriginal workforce to help drive health promotion, testing and treatment pathways in local communities is also important.

This will be specifically effected by:

  • encouraging students completing Certificates or Diplomas in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care to complete relevant sexual health and BBV elective units, with a particular emphasis on encouraging more Aboriginal men to work in the sector
  • ensuring the Aboriginal workforce has knowledge of and access to resources and training developed by sector partners
  • supporting dedicated Aboriginal sexual health promotion positions.
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