Announcing launch of new resource - Clinical practice manual

Source: Young Deadly Free,  1 August 2019

STI and BBV control in remote communities: clinical practice and resource manual

A key component of the Young Deadly Free project has been the development of resources to support doctors, nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and practitioners with their remote practice.

Our new resource the STI and BBV control in remote communities: Clinical practice and resource manual has been developed for new and more experienced remote clinicians in the areas of STI and BBV testing, care and management.

We consulted widely with remote clinicians in developing this resource. Many highlighted the following challenges:

  • difficulty navigating health systems and models of care
  • limited exposure to and knowledge with some of the STIs and BBVs endemic in many remote communities
  • accessing and navigating relevant STI and BBV clinical guidelines
  • limited cultural orientation, and or guidance on how to best engage young people in the clinic and community settings.

This feedback informed the development of this manual and guided us in identifying online induction resources, training modules and remote practice manuals from across Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

The manual also collates national, jurisdictional and regional STI and BBV clinical guidelines as well as highlighting national guidelines for addressing the current syphilis outbreak affecting much of remote Australia.

Using this resource

This manual is available only as an online resource on the Young Deadly Free website. Keeping the resource online is not only good for the environment but also enables us to regularly update it especially as guidelines, references, and epidemiological data are renewed. Or as feedback from you is received. We’ll keep you informed of updates via newsletter alerts.

It's important to note that the information contained within this manual does not substitute clinical advice or guidance and should not be relied on by health practitioners in providing clinical care.

Don't forget to check out all the other deadly resources on the Young Deadly Free

Thank you!

A huge thank you to the many doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners who generously provided feedback and advice in developing this manual. We also acknowledge the young people, Elders, community leaders – and whole communities – who graciously and enthusiastically offered their time to developing the Young Deadly Free health promotion resources catalogued in the manual.

View the full manual


Young Deadly Free on Triple J's The Hook Up

Source: Triple J, The Hook Up,  7 July 2019

Young Deadly Free's Amanda Sibosado was featured on Triple J's The Hook Up, talking about the project.

Tune in and have a listen to Amanda.

Or listen to the full show on Triple J.


HIV diagnoses in Australia hit 18-year low, but there is still a way go

Source: ABC News,  3 July 2019

Australia has solidified its reputation as a world leader in HIV prevention, recording its lowest number of new HIV cases in almost two decades.

However, challenges remain in reducing transmission among heterosexuals and the Indigenous population.

New figures released today by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales reveal 835 HIV diagnoses were made in 2018, the lowest number on record since 2001.

The figure represents a 23 per cent decline in cases nationally in the past five years, to a rate that is nearing a third of what it was at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1987.

"This reduction is very encouraging," said Professor Rebecca Guy, head of the Kirby Institute's Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Program.

"Although we've seen reductions in recent years in some Australian states, in 2018 we saw significant reductions at a national level."

She said widespread HIV testing and treatment, alongside the introduction of HIV preventative medicine Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, was behind the public health success.

Read the full story.


Funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health absent from federal budget

Source: NACCHO News,  3 April 2019

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is disappointed at the lack of funding allocated in the 2019-2020 federal budget for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector.

NACCHO welcomes the $15 million allocated for Indigenous suicide prevention and the $20 million for Indigenous specific initiatives for the implementation of the national strategies for blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. However, we know that this commitment is well below the need.

“The gap between the health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians will continue to persist unless there is a significant commitment to supporting the work of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations,” NACCHO CEO, Pat Turner said.

NACCHO has long called for an increase to the baseline funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to support the sustainable delivery of high quality, comprehensive primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Read the full story.


SBS Insight – Living with HIV

Source: SBS,  2 April 2019

How much do you trust the people you’re with to tell you the truth about their sexual health?
Jenny Brockie speaks to people with HIV, and they discuss what it’s like to date and love in 2019.

View the episode at:


Response to Syphilis Outbreak Steps up Again

SourceThe Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Media Hub, 26 March 2019

The Australian Government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central, northern and southern Australia.

The Morrison Government is again stepping up the fight against the syphilis outbreak affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central, northern and southern Australia.

In partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, our Government has begun rolling out Phase 3 of its enhanced response to the outbreak.

Phase 3 extends the Test and Treat model to11 new Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The response includes point of care test kits that enable immediate diagnosis and treatment of the disease, compared to a wait of up to two weeks for diagnosis using a traditional blood test.

Syphilis is preventable and treatable, but without treatment is deadly. We are making progress against this outbreak but it is shocking that it was allowed to become so entrenched in some First Nations communities.

The new phase will begin with training of staff and provision of kits at Mala’la Health Service in Maningrida, Western Arnhem Land, in the NT. This will be followed by roll out in the western, Eyre, far north and Adelaide regions of South Australia, and the Pilbara and Western Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

Read the full media release here.

STIs in remote Australia

Source: ABC Health Report, presented by Dr Norman Swan, 18 March 2019

A leading Aboriginal researcher is calling for action in remote Australia to deal with a preventable epidemic of sexually transmissible infections — including syphilis — in a population that's no more sexually active than non-Indigenous people of the same age.

Listen to the broadcast here.

Professor James Ward will address the National Rural Health Conference 2019 (24-27 Marchon the topic of addressing sexually transmitted infections in remote Australia. 


Professor James Ward

Associate Professor, Flinders University; Head of Infectious Diseases Research, Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute


Dr Norman Swan


James Bullen



Young Deadly Free February 2019 Newsletter

Young Deadly Free Health Promotion Collection

Have you seen the new Young Deadly Free health promotion videos or the new look Young Deadly Free posters?  Don't wait any longer, they are all on our website:

All of our posters can be downloaded for printing locally. Our posters are great to put up in any Aboriginal organisation in your community, so feel free to share them around within your community and among your family and friends.

Our videos are also available for downloading also but if you have trouble downloading these let us know and we can send them to you on a packed USB. The videos range in length from 15 seconds to 10 minutes. There are videos to show community members as either conversation starters or for education sessions, or for training staff - particularly for induction and orientation.

Within our video collection we have different series of videos.

“Young Deadly and Free” from STIs and BBVs is important for our communities.

“Young Deadly and Free” is  a collection of 6 videos featuring our mob! They have some great information, feature great people, with some good humour for our communities. Click on the link   to watch all of the Young Deadly and Free from STI's and BBV's video clips.

Talkin True Series

The “Talkin’ True” series contains everyday community people helping to get the word out about the importance of STI testing, using condoms and talking about STIs and BBVs. Click on the link below to see the full collection of Talkin True:

Speak up. Listen. Support Series

We are always learning and, there is always someone that can help us when we have a tricky situation or question. Sexual health is something we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about and seek help for. So don’t be shame; Speak up, Listen and Support each other today! If you want to watch more videos like this just click on the link below:

Everyone can do their bit…

These videos showcase how some people are doing their part to help. They might even give you some ideas about how you can help too. See all of the "Everyone can do their bit" videos by clicking on the link:

Our young people are taking responsibility by...

These videos showcase how some people are doing their part to help. Hopefully they give you some ideas about how you can help too. Watch more videos like this by clicking on the link below:

Our adults support our young people by...

These videos showcase how some people are doing their part to help. You might even get some ideas about how you can help too. Click on the link to see the full collection.


Click on the link to see the full range of Young Deadly Free posters:


Our infographics are easy to read and we have included a wide range of subjects. We aim to get our key messages out to young people and others in a fresh, engaging way. Click on the link to see all of our Young Deadly Free Infographics:

These infographics and many more can be downloaded and printed locally for use in the community - in community health education sessions, in school sex education, and in other settings such as prisons.


Young Deadly Free fact-sheets are available, covering each of the STI's and blood borne viruses affecting young people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. All of our fact-sheets are available in two formats – a longer form and a shorter form outlining “the basics”. The fact-sheets are designed to be easily accessible for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and can be used by clinicians, elders. parents and others in the community working with young people. You can find all of our fact-sheets here:

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Young Deadly Free December 2018 Newsletter

New Young Deadly Free Resources?

The Young Deadly Free team have had a really busy year engaging with community and developing some really deadly culturally specific resources for our mob.

Our video resources are divided into the following categories:

  • Being “Young Deadly and Free” from STIs and BBVs is important for our communities.
  • Talkin’ True
  • Speak up. Listen. Support.
  • Everyone can do their bit… and
  • Our adults support our young people by .....

Click on the links below to see the full collection.

New Posters:

New Television Commercials: Listen up and Risky

From our mob, for our mob video messages:

A reminder to please share our resources especially if you are working with young people to raise awareness of the campaign and of syphilis.

Increasing Testing in your Community

Have you considered running a testing campaign in your community targeting young people.  Outreach family days, youth clinics and opportunistic testing have all had previous success in improving testing outcomes among young people.

Don't forget all of our resources are available for your use, this includes our new television commercials, our videos, new animations on syphilis, posters and our info-graphics.

All resources are free and can be downloaded from our website under the Resource tab:

Infectious syphilis outbreak Surveillance Report

This surveillance report summarises the outbreak epidemiological data as of 30 September 2018

2018-2022 National Strategy

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2018–2022:

Social Media

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The Young Deadly Free project would like to thank our many social media followers. Please continue to share our page with your networks. Remember to like and share our page with your friends, family and community.

Young Deadly Free Staff would like to wish you all a Safe & Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in 2019

Follow Young Deadly Free on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on new resources as they're launched

Tackling HIV to live Young, Deadly, Free

Source: SAHMRI, 27 November 2018

A new multiplatform media campaign called Young, Deadly, Free aims to capitalise on a recent reduction in HIV diagnoses among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The campaign is the brainchild of Associate Professor James Ward and is part of a federally-funded $3.4 million project being administered through the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

“Our most recent figures showed an annual reduction of 30 per cent in new HIV diagnoses among First Nations people, but overall the stats remain unacceptably high,” Associate Professor Ward said.

The prevalence of HIV among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is 1.6 times that of the non-Indigenous Australian-born population.

Read the full story.