WA STI Strategy – testing and diagnosis

Build on successful activities

Activities will be reviewed to improve testing rates and coverage in priority populations and age groups.

This will be actioned through:

  • increasing opportunistic testing in target groups through education and quality improvement programs within primary health care settings
  • supporting the extended scope of practice for registered nurses and Aboriginal health workers to enable increased testing in remote areas and outreach settings
  • educating priority populations about the importance of STI testing and how to access STI testing services
  • supporting NGOs to provide community education to encourage increased STI testing
  • encouraging health professionals to integrate STI testing into regular and existing service delivery at appropriate routine visits
  • using social marketing and social media to promote regular STI testing for priority populations
  • supporting and providing peer education strategies through NGO funded programs.

Explore feasibility, accessibility and cost effectiveness

The range of existing and emerging testing methods for STIs such as rapid testing will be explored for feasibility, accessibility and cost effectiveness.

This will be actioned through exploring the:

  • translation of innovative STI testing methods into community settings supporting community based clinical services which offer cost effective STI testing to priority populations
  • feasibility of testing/screening programs in high prevalence areas, in rural and remote areas and within communities at risk.
Icon: Links to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategy 2015–2018 – prevention and education Icon: Links to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategy 2015–2018 – testing and diagnosis Icon: Links to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategy 2015–2018 – disease management and clinical care
Icon: Links to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategy 2015–2018 – workforce development Icon: Links to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategy 2015–2018 – enabling environment Icon: Links to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Strategy 2015–2018 – research, evaluation and surveillance
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