22 April 2016
An initiative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week (ATSIHAW), was the convening of a High Level Summit on Rising HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) and Viral Hepatitis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities ('The Summit'), held in Brisbane in December 2015.
The Summit was one of the most important meetings in Indigenous Health, BBV and STIs in more than 30 years, and was convened in recognition of the rising rates of HIV, endemic rates of STIs in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as disproportionate rates of viral hepatitis. The Summit brought together 90 high-level stakeholders to discuss key public health and clinical priorities within Indigenous communities, culminating in a set of recommendations. Find the Summit Report here
Please distribute this report widely as it contains important considerations for public health and clinical work in Australia if we are to make an impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the future.
The Summit was convened by SAHMRI, ASHM and HIV Foundation QLD, with funding support provided by the Department of Health Canberra. Please do not hesitate to contact SAHMRI, ASHM or HIV Foundation QLD if you would like to discuss the report or The Summit in more detail.