In July 2014, The Australian Government, Department of Health released the 3rd National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy and the 4th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood-borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy, which apply from 2014-2017.
The National Strategies were endorsed by all State and Territory Health Ministers and the Commonwealth Government.
All of the National Strategies emphasise a partnership-based approach, which aligns with the ASHM Strategic Plan.
For the first time, the National Strategies contains targets, providing a framework for accountability and a method for assessing implementation.
The targets for the 3rd National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2014-2017 include:
- Achieve human papillomavirus (HPV) adolescent vaccination coverage of 70%.
- Increase testing coverage in priority populations.
- Reduce the incidence of chlamydia.
- Reduce the incidence of gonorrhoea.
- Reduce the incidence of infectious syphilis and eliminate congenital syphilis.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander BBV & STI Strategy
The targets for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander BBV & STI Strategy include:
- Eliminate congenital syphilis.
- Reduce the incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and infectious syphilis, accounting for testing levels, in people less than 30 years of age.
- Increase the use of sterile injecting equipment for every injecting episode.
- Increase the number of people with HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B receiving antiviral treatment.