Enhanced Syphilis Response
NACCHO and the Department of Health are working together to coordinate an $8.8 million response to address the syphilis outbreak in Northern Australia. This will address the disproportionately high rates of syphilis and other Blood-Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) in regional and remote Indigenous communities. NACCHO has appointed an Enhanced Response Coordinator to build community awareness and work with the following Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHS) Wuchopperen Health Service, Danila Dilba Health Service and Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services (TAIHS).NACCHO and Flinders University have commenced work on the program, rolling out a series of workshops and training Point of Care (PoC) testing that is being supported by a $8.8 million grant from the Federal Department of Health. NACCHO is also delivering education, testing kits and organising pharmaceutical supplies across Northern Australia. For more information please contact the NACCHO Enhanced Syphilis Response National Coordinator, call 02 6246 9324 or visit the Department of Health's Infectious syphilis outbreak page.