The resources on this website

This website is the national platform for hosting information, education and health promotion resources developed and collated to support the rollout of two interconnected projects:

These resources have been developed by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), in consultation with project participants and their communities.

To ensure relevance of resources provided on this website to local communities, community reference groups have been convened:

  • Community action groups including Aboriginal young people, clinicians, community stakeholders, trained youth peer educators and Aboriginal community members
  • People of influence who have strong connections with Aboriginal young people in the community, including parents, Elders, carers, teachers, school support workers, youth workers, sport and recreation officers, youth sport coaches, sexual health workers, and educators
  • Regional clinician working groups, including doctors, nurses and health workers in each region.

The development and trialling of the project’s Peer Education Program and other resources has also been guided by input from local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service project partners.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

  • Factsheets and animations outlining facts and myths on various STIs and BBVs, with information on how they are transmitted, the symptoms, treatment and what’s involved in testing
  • TV commercials and radio snippets developed for the Syphilis Campaign, Young, Deadly, Syphilis Free
  • Information on where to get tested for STIs and BBVs.

FOR PARENTS, ELDERS, TEACHERS

  • Factsheets on STIs and BBVs
  • Information on supporting and yarning with young people in remote communities who are dealing with issues regarding sex, sexuality and sexual health.

FOR CLINICIANS

  • Links to multi-jurisdictional clinical guidelines for STI and BBV testing of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities
  • Tools to support induction processes for clinicians working on remote areas, and on mentoring, professional development and networking
  • Information on best practice in encouraging young people in remote communities to test for STIs
  • Data on STI and BBV testing, retesting, co-infection and reinfection rates among young people in remote communities, and links to relevant peer reviewed research papers.