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AH&MRC develops new sexual health program for Aboriginal people

November 2nd, 2020

Categories: Blog

The AH&MRC’s Public Health and Intelligence Unit has a new sexual health project led by Kezia Blackledge & Marina Wise.  Together with the AH&MRC’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the Public Health duo will develop a culturally appropriate sexual health training program for Aboriginal Health Workers employed by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organsiations. (ACCHOs). This training course will allow the Aboriginal Health Workers to upskill in sexual health and provide information on Men’s Sexual Health, Woman’s Sexual Health & Pathology of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and BBV’s (Blood Born Viruses). The team will offer the training to Members region by region early next year.

As part of the new Sexual Health project, the team will develop a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Training Toolkit on sexual health for Member Services. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health’s Sexually Transmissible Infections Program Unit and consulting with Member Services during site visits, the AH&MRC will ensure the Toolkit and delivery mode goes beyond Members’ expectations. The CQI Training Toolkit for sexual health will be delivered together with the sexual health training. As one membership region receives sexual health training through the RTO, another region will have the opportunity to participate in CQI Training on sexual health.

The final aspect of the sexual health project will look at developing and sourcing culturally safe resources for Member Services to promote STI testing and treatment in their local Community. The vision is for these educational resources to be used at events to promote and encourage STI testing and sexual health to Community and practice health prevention.

To find out more on AH&MRC’s sexual health project and training program please contact AH&MRC’s Public Health Officers via email, Kezia Blackledge kblackledge@ahmrc.org.au or Marine Wise mwise@ahmrc.org.au.

Authors – AH&MRC Public Health and Intelligence Team