Resources

 

Health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities

Throughout 2016-17, ASHM is working with a number of agencies working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities to prioritise the development and distribution of a range of culturally appropriate web-based educational resources and toolkits that aim to support these communities accessing testing, diagnosis, treatment and management of BBV and STI.

 

Project Background

This resource development project is part of a Commonwealth-funded initiative comprising the Department of Health's Blood-borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Prevention and Education Programme.  It is one of six activities in the programme:

    • Activity 1

      Resources for gay men and men who have sex with men – Community education and

      health literacy addressing BBV and STI with a focus on HIV.

    • Activity 2

      Resources for sex workers – Community education and health literacy addressing BBV and

      STI, with a focus on STI.

    • Activity 3

      Resources for young people aged 30 years and below – Culturally appropriate community

      education and health literacy addressing BBV and STI, with a focus on STI.

    • Activity 4

      Health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and

      Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities – Community education and health literacy

      addressing BBV and STI.

    • Activity 5

      Addressing systemic barriers and stigma and discrimination to increase access to the

      health system by people at risk of or living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

    • Activity 6

      Deliver culturally appropriate community education to increase health literacy and

      knowledge on BBV and STI prevention (including prevention of re/co-infection), testing and

      treatment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in remote and very remote

      communities. This Activity aims to deliver measurable increases to testing and treatment

      rates for BBV and STI by linking the priority population with ACCHS participating in this

      Activity.

 

Process + Phasing

The activity comprises four phases:

    • Resource audit and community consultation and prioritisation process
    • Resource development based on community consultation and identified population and disease priorities
    • Resource distribution and promotion under a defined plan
    • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting

 

Governance

Integral to the project is a consultative and collaborative approach, whereby two Advisory Committees (one guiding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources; one guiding CALD resources) with community representation will provide ongoing guidance and provide critical input into resource prioritisation.

A smaller Steering Committee, with representatives from the two Advisory Committees plus technical experts, will have formally delegated authority to select resources to be developed and agencies to be sub-contracted, based on the Advisory Committees’ recommendations.

Sub-contracted agencies will develop online education toolkits based on the identified priorities. Under a promotion and distribution plan developed by the Committees, ASHM and the contracted agencies, the toolkits will be promoted among the target community/ies, utilising collaborating agencies’ existing effective networks and community reach, and specific evidence-based promotional strategies. M&E and reporting will occur across all activity phases to measure project impact/outcomes and provide ongoing implementation feedback.

 

For more information

Contact Karen Seager

Senior Project Officer, National Policy and Education Division

Email:  karen.seager@ashm.org.au

 

 

High Level Summit on Rising HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) and Viral Hepatitis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

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. 

Download the Summit Report

 

 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet ​Resources

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander health status​​

This flagship publication providing evidence-based data to reduce harmful AOD use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, has proved valuable for a wide range of health professionals, policy makers and others working in this health sector in providing informat​ion about: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations; the context of Indigenous health; various measures of population health status; selected health conditions; and health risk and protective factors. It is available online and as a PDF download

 

Review of Illicit Drug Use Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has released a comprehensive review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people which is freely available on the Knowledge Centre web resource. It is available online and also as a PDF download​.​​

 

 

Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people​

The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of key information on volatile substance use (VSU) for people involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia, and draws on a number of substantial reports and other key documents.​ It is available online.

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Surveillance Report: Infectious and congenital syphilis notifications associated with and ongoing outbreak in northern Australia

Infectious and Congenital Syphilis Notifications.JPGThe short report, Infectious and congenital syphilis notifications associated with and ongoing outbreak in northern Australia, has been published  in the Communicable Diseases Intelligence, Volume 40 Number 1

The Multijurisdictional Syphilis Outbreak Working Group (MJSO) was formed by the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) in April 2015, in response to an ongoing outbreak of syphilis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living largely in remote and rural areas of northern Australia. Increased notifications associated with the outbreak in northern Australia were first reported in January 2011 in northwest Queensland, followed by the Northern Territory (NT) in July 2013, and the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) in June 2014.

The MJSO Communique March Meeting summarises the outbreak epidemiological data as of 29 February 2016, and the activities of the MJSO from 1 October 2015 -­ 29 February 2016.

 

 

Resources for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

ASHM has developed a range of practical resources to assist with the management of viral hepatitis in  Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS).​

 

Communicare User Manual Viral Hepatitis  

 

This manual was developed in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), and provides a comprehensive guide for best practice screening, testing and management of viral hepatitis. This manual provides step by step details for implementation of best practice within Communicare, and aims to standardise viral hepatitis management across ACCHSs nationally. 

The manual can be downloaded here.​ This version requires Acrobat 8.0 or higher (you can download Acrobat free of charge here). This could be an option for ACCHSs with limited internet capacity (NB: screen shots will not be of the same clarity as the high-resolution file).
 

Communicare Administrator Manual Viral Hepatitis

This manual was developed in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), to enable health services using the Clinical Information System – Communicare, to make the changes necessary to be able to implement the Communicare User Manual: Viral Hepatitis. This manual provides a step-by-step to guide for Communicare Administrators to follow.

The manual can be downloaded here.​ This version requires Acrobat 8.0 or higher (you can download Acrobat free of charge here). This could be an option for ACCHSs with limited internet capacity (NB: screen shots will not be of the same clarity as the high-resolution file).

 

Hepatitis C Team Care Plan ACCHS

This team care plan outlines a multidisciplinary approach to managing patients with Hepatitis C. It can be used to guide HCV patient management in an ACCHSs setting and may be uploaded to patient management systems such as Communicare.

HCV in ACCHS Model of Care

This model of care was developed by Dr Penny Abbott of the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney. The model details the roles of staff and support services in the patient journey of diagnosis and management of chronic hepatitis C in an ACCHS.

Clinical Pathways Agreement

This template can be used by ACCHS and hepatitis C treatment services to provide a framework for patient management arrangements including preferred methods of communication and the responsibilities of each service. The template may remain broad or be utilised to detail specific projects such as an outreach clinic or case management meetings. The role and responsibilities listed are examples which can be adapted based on the patient management protocols within each service.

Localised HCV Decision-Making Tool

This tool is a quick reference guide to assist in testing and diagnosis for hepatitis C. This resource outlines the roles and responsibilities for the ACCHS and specialist services. ASHM can adapt the referral processes and treatment service details for your local area.

Please contact us for details.

 

STI & BBV Testing Tool for GPs in NSW ACCHS

This 2-sided A4-sized quick reference guide provides information on when to consider STI and blood borne virus testing, as well as information on contact tracing. It was developed and published in May 2016 by the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) and the NSW STI Programs Unit (NSW STIPU). 

 

AH&MRC STI Resource Order Form

The Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) have a limited supply of FREE sexual health resources for member services to promote and encourage STI testing, HIV awareness and access to free condoms for services that work with young Aboriginal people.

 

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