Sexual Health, HIV and Viral Hepatitis

Program Officer
Zoe Richards - ph 9304 8651 | z.richards@cesphn.com.au

 

Objective:  To focus on high priority groups sexual health and viral hepatitis to meet the needs of our local communities. This will be achieved through collaborations, pathways and partnerships with key stakeholders, commissioned initiatives and workforce education and training.

  

CESPHN recognises that sexual health is a key priority issue, having the highest rates of STIs in the state, with all STIs increasing across the region, with the exception of HIV. The areas within the CESPHN region with the highest STI notification rates tend to be in inner city areas where there is also a higher number of general practices skilled in sexual health, and a higher density of sexual health clinics, therefore a higher detection rate.

CESPHN is one of only two metropolitan PHNs with a prevalence of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) above the national average, in addition to having the third highest prevalence of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Australia.

For relevant clinical information, please view Sydney Health Pathways and South East Sydney Health Pathways.

 

Resources for health professionals

Complete list of NSW Sexual Health Services

STIs

HIV

  • National HIV Testing Policy – this policy brings together the principles, aims and arrangements for HIV testing in Australia in one place.
  • HIV Support Program – a service that provides support (including resources) to diagnosing doctors before the doctor gives an HIV diagnosis to a patient.
  • STI/HIV testing guidelines for men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Decision Making in PrEP – NSW - This 2-page Decision Making in PrEP: Prescribing Pathway for PrEP in NSW tool summarises the key eligibility and recommended assessment criteria for primary care providers in NSW who wish to prescribe PrEP, as well as outlining ongoing patient education and monitoring requirements.
  • ASHM PrEP Clinical Guidelines – updated in September 2019.
  • MI-EPIC NSWaims to assist overseas-born individuals who are Medicare-ineligible and are wanting to maximise their HIV prevention options by commencing PrEP.
Viral Hepatitis
Templates

Electronic versions of templates (Best Practice and Medical Director) for management plans, referrals and other documents can be found in our templates section. 

Documents need to be downloaded and imported into clinical software, please read the instructions. 

Information for health professionals to give to consumers

STIs

  • Playsafe NSW - an online resource for young people regarding everything you need to know to have a confident and healthy sex life. 
  • Patient Resources - STI fact sheets for patients developed by NSW STIPU. 
  • The Drama Downunder - anonymous partner notification service provided for people who have or recently had an STI so they can advise their sexual partner/s. 
  • Let Them Know - anonymous partner notification service developed by Melbourne Sexual Health Centre to help people who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, Sphillis and Trichomonas to tekk their sexual partners that they might also be at risk. 

HIV

  • Just diagnosed with HIV? - a printable resource to give to newly diagnosed patients. 
  • Benefits of HIV treatment - a printable resource to give to newly diagnosed patients. 
  • Positive Life NSW - a non-profit peer led community-based agency who works to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV and to provide information and targeted referrals. 
  • HIV Information Hotline - a hotline or general and/or non-urgent HIV information for anyone in NSW. Call (02) 9332 9700 or 1800 451 600 during 9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday (except on public holidays). 
  • NSW Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) Hotline - an information hotline that assist patients find out where they can access PEP. Call 1800 737 669 (24-hour free call within NSW). Please note: this hotline is specifically for PEP and not a general hotline for HIV/AIDS. 

Viral Hepatitis 

  • Hepatitis Infoline - offers free and confidential information, support and referrals across NSW. Call 1800 803 990 from 9am – 5pm on Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri, and from 1pm – 5pm on Thurs.
  • Live Hep C Free - a peer-led treatment program that brings Hep C information, testing and treatment to residential rehabilitation centres, meeting people where they are.
  • Hep Connect Hep NSW telephone support service that puts you in touch with someone who has been through hep C treatment. Hep Connect is for people living with hep C, their partners and carers and is for people who are thinking about starting hep C treatment or are going through it.
  • Hepatitis NSWnon-profit organisation that provides easy to read and valuable information about hepatitis, from testing to treatment.
  • Tx!MAGeasy to read viral hepatitis comic magazine that features stories from people affected by hepatitis C & hepatitis B, published online by Hep NSW.

Key contacts and support services (including peak bodies)
  • ACON - a NSW based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention and HIV support for people of diverse sexualities and genders.
  • The Albion Centre - healthcare facility specialising in HIV treatment, care and support for people living with HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. Care is given by a multidisciplinary team that includes specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, dieticians, social workers, researchers and health promotion officers.
  • Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) - peak organisations supporting the Australian, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Region health workforce in viral hepatitis and HIV management.
  • Australasian Sexual Health & HIV Nurses Association (ASHNA) - supporting professional development and nursing networks.
  • The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine – the peak body for physicians specialised in sexual health. 
  • Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) - group of organisations to improve national and local responses to sexual health issues, via a multidisciplinary support network for the sexual health workforce.
  • Bobby Goldsmith Foundation – non-profit organisation supporting people living with HIV to thrive.
  • Family Planning NSW – non-profit organisation providing reproductive and sexual health information and clinical services across NSW.
  • Gastroenterological Society of Australia
  • Hepatitis NSW - non-profit organisation supporting the community and health professionals in relation to hepatitis.
  • Kirby Institute UNSW - global research institute dedicated to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
  • NSW Health - Sexual Health Plus - webpage to all state strategies, reports, policies and guidelines.
  • NSW STI Programs (STIPU) - part of the Ministry of Health, providing state-wide leadership on STI health promotion and service development and delivery.
  • Positive Life NSW - a non-profit peer led community-based agency who works to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV and to provide information and targeted referrals. 
  • Pozhet – provides support, information and advice to heterosexuals at risk of HIV, heterosexuals living with HIV and health professions in NSW.
  • STIGMA (Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action Group) - aims to provide leadership and strategic direction to reduce and prevent STIsamongst gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM), including HIV positive men in the Sydney metropolitan area.
Quality Improvement Activities

The Population Health Sexual Health and Viral Hepatitis Program aims to support general practice to increase patient participation in STI, HIV and viral hepatitis screening.

Please contact Zoe Richards via z.richards@cesphn.com.au for more information.

Commissioned services
  • Integrated Community-based Hepatitis Assessment & Treatment (iCHAT) Program

    Aimed to build the capacity and provide support for primary health providers and other health service providers in the assessment and management of hepatitis C in the community for priority populations in SESLHD.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections in Gay Men Action (STIGMA) Group

    A public health partnership formed in 2000 to provide leadership and strategic direction to reduce and prevent sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among gay and other homosexually active men, including HIV positive men in the Sydney metropolitan area.  STIGMA is here to support GPs and practice nurses in meeting gay and homosexually active men health needs.

  • UNSW Kiosk 

    Facilitating access to STI testing for male UNSW students from a culturally and linguistically diversebackgrounds (CALD) through computer assistedself-interview (CASI) system, who may not otherwise attend health services, (particularly MSM).