Murray PHN is working with Health and Human Services and our Victorian PHN partners, on behalf of the Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training and Learning program, to create state-wide sexually transmitted infection pathways.
The pathways seek to address the Third National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2014-2017 and work towards reducing the transmission of, and morbidity and mortality caused by STIs, as well as the personal and social impacts. Specifically we aim to:
- Achieve and maintain high levels of HPV vaccination
- Reduce the incidence of STI
- Improve knowledge and safe behaviours associated with the transmission of STI
- Increase testing among priority populations
- Increase appropriate management and reduce associated morbidity
- Eliminate the negative impact of stigma, discrimination and legal and human rights issues on people's health.
The STI pathways that have been localised to our region and the state of Victoria, include:
- Sexual Health Checks
- Sexual Health Services
- Urgent or Routine Infectious Diseases Referral
- Herpes Simplex Virus
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) - will be localised in the near future.
Note that you must be registered and logged in to access the direct pathways links above. Health professionals in our region can get free access here.
Murray PHN's Clinical Editor Dr Una Kennedy has lead the STI pathway development, in conjunction with an infectious diseases specialist, sexual health nurses and numerous support groups including those who have an interest in representing the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander, Aids, LBGTI and refugee communities.
Una is a practicing GP who specialises in women's, sexual and reproductive health and has a post graduate degree through Family Planning Association of Australia. Una's undertook her placements at Family Planning Victoria, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and The Action Centre (young person's sexual health).
Una says that the STI pathways are an online resource aimed to be used by GPs, doctors in local hospital, nurses, pharmacists and allied health staff.
"The pathways are aimed at providing rapid access to concise, accurate, localised information. It's not a substitute for a text book but aims to be more of a memory aid to be used in the clinical setting or during consultation."