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:
- the Remote STI and BBV Project — Young Deadly Free and
- The Syphilis Campaign — Young Deadly Syphilis Free.
These resources have been developed by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) project team, 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 Young Deadly Free Peer Education Program and project resources were also 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, radio snippets developed for the Syphilis Campaign, Young Deadly Syphilis Free
- Social media videos/community education videos to support and encourage young people in remote communities who are dealing with issues regarding sex, sexuality and sexual health.
- Information on where to get tested for STIs and BBVs.
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
- 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 including
- 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.
- STI and BBV control in remote communities: Clinical practice and resource manual
This manual was developed by SAHMRI as part of the Young Deadly Free project, to support clinicians in efforts to boost STI and BBV testing rates for young people living in and visiting remote communities. The manual provides tips on offering STI and BBV testing as part of routine consults with young people; collates the various STI and BBV clinical guidelines relevant to regional and remote communities; catalogues induction and training resources; and features Young Deadly Free health promotion resources for use in community education. The manual is designed as an induction and training kit, and for daily use by doctors, nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers.