Sector Release
22 March 2018

The Deadly Sex Congress, an annual forum for Indigenous Sexual Health Workers from across Queensland to update their knowledge, build workforce capacity and share their stories was run at the Holiday Inn, Cairns from the 20 – 22 March 2018 for 70 attendees. First held in 2003, the Congress has alternated locations between Cairns and the Gold Coast/Brisbane area. It is organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Workers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Workers through an Organising Committee Structure coordinated by ASHM.

Topics in the 2018 Congress included updates on the treatment, management and prevention of blood-borne viruses, a focus on syphilis, health promotion and social media, cervical cancer screening, community project stories and special sessions on Men’s and Women’s business. An additional, one off third day was added to the 2018 Congress, and was held as a project proposal planning workshop. This third day was only possible thanks to generous funding under the North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016-2021.

The 2018 Deadly Sex Congress is strategically supported by the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 and the North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016-2021. Specifically, the Strategy and Action Plan identify providing coordinated education, training and continuing professional development opportunities; showcasing STI best practice and achievements; and promoting and supporting access to Deadly Sex Congress and networks.

 

Participant Quotes

“Everything you hear form these presenters gives you extra tools to take away to utilise in your service. It is then up to us to make the changes.”

“I am more open minded about things clinical and non-clinical. Don’t be ashamed about who I am and my role to help my people.”

“Hearing presentations from Professor Gracelyn (Smallwood) inspires me to work towards making changes.”

“Keeps me motivated to helping the community move forward with hope.”

“I have learnt a lot and will know how to talk to patients about these STIs. I will know how to be calm and break it down for them.”

“Excellent presenters with good knowledge & information to assist with engaging in community health education and awareness.”

“The community stories are so valuable. It is an empowering way to learn by sharing in other’s successes and challenges.”

“Stay deadly and keep it real.”

 

For more information on Deadly Sex

For any general queries, contact:

Dr Katelin Haynes, Queensland Program Manager

E  katelin.haynes@ashm.org.au  |  T  0423 058 692​