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Response to Syphilis Outbreak Steps up Again

Response to Syphilis Outbreak Steps up Again

Source: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Media Hub, 26 March 2019 The Australian Government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central, northern and southern Australia. The Morrison Government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait ... Read More
 
STIs in remote Australia

STIs in remote Australia

Source: ABC Health Report, presented by Dr Norman Swan, 18 March 2019 A leading Aboriginal researcher is calling for action in remote Australia to deal with a preventable epidemic of sexually transmissible infections — including syphilis — in a population that’s no more sexually active than non-Indigenous people of the same age. Listen to the broadcast here. Professor ... Read More
 
Major study to plug gaps in Indigenous health data

Major study to plug gaps in Indigenous health data

Source: National Indigenous Times, 30 October 2018 The biggest ever study of health and wellbeing among Indigenous adults will be launched Thursday. Among the data to be collected by researchers is the impact of historical policy decisions such as the Stolen Generations and exposure to racism, as well as how culture is linked to wellbeing. ... Read More
 
Government spends $8.8 million to curb syphilis outbreak

Government spends $8.8 million to curb syphilis outbreak

Source: National Indigenous Times, Wendy Caccetta, 17 October 2018 Three more regions are to get on-the-spot syphilis tests in the ongoing fight against the potentially deadly outbreak in northern Australia. The quick tests are now available in East Arnhem Land and Katherine in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley in Western Australia. They became available in ... Read More
 
Syphilis in northern communities

Syphilis in northern communities

Source: The Saturday Paper, Michele Tydd, 8-14 September 2018 As an infectious syphilis epidemic continues to ravage northern Australia – now threatening the lives of newborn babies – Indigenous sexual health specialist James Ward is leading a campaign to help remote communities. While the federal government committed $8.8 million this year to fight an ongoing syphilis ... Read More
 
Government launches critical new weapon in fight against syphilis

Government launches critical new weapon in fight against syphilis

Source: National Indigenous Times, Wendy Caccetta, 8 August 2018 The Federal Government has begun rolling out what it says is a critical new weapon in the fight against the deadly syphilis outbreak which has gripped northern Australia. Federal Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said from today on-the-spot syphilis tests would be available in three high ... Read More
 
Closing the gap for STIs

Closing the gap for STIs

Source: NHMRC, 25 May 2018 Disproportionate rates of STI diagnosis (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, infectious syphilis and hepatitis B) occur among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in remote and very remote communities. Lead investigator of the Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses, James is working with communities to improve ... Read More
 
Syphilis outbreak evolving

Syphilis outbreak evolving

The syphilis outbreak occurring in remote areas of Australia continues to evolve. Data released by the Multijurisdictional Outbreak Group  shows that since the outbreak was declared in January 2011 over 1850 cases of infectious syphilis have been reported among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in affected regions of Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia ... Read More