Induction and Training

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.

If you have trouble accessing the above flipbook, please view the pdf.

The Young Deadly Free Project

SiREN, in collaboration with SAHMRI, produced two posters summarising selected Young Deadly Free evaluation findings for the youth peer education program and the uptake of the project’s health promotion resources. They can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.

Cultural Safety for Health Professionals

In collaboration with the First Peoples Health Unit at Griffith University, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has developed a new Cultural Safety for Health Professionals portal. The portal aims to support the teaching of health professionals to critically reflect on the concept of cultural safety and to deliver safe, accessible and responsive healthcare that is free from racism.

No Shame: Yarn About It

A training video that tells the story of Liz and Dan, sexual health workers in the ‘Harmony Bay’ clinic in Queensland and how they support the sexual health of their clients Tracey and Marcus. The video includes interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health workers. This video helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health workers to break the ice and get clients yarning about sexual health and support young people to feel safe about coming to a clinic. The resource was produced by Family Planning Queensland 2012, with funding from Queensland Health.

Having the Hard Yarn in Napranum

Video developed by health workers to assist in having the hard yarn with pregnant mums and partners about STIs. Also covers smoking in pregnancy, alcohol and domestic violence. Stars members of Napranum community.

Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) online training modules

Free eLearning program to equip clinicians for working with remote communities

RAHC’s Introduction to Remote Health Practice Program online training was developed for Northern Territory practitioners but clinicians from anywhere in Australia can register for the training, free of charge. The eLearning modules provide an overview of health issues prevalent in the remote health context, with a suite of orientation and learning materials to better equip health professionals for working with remote Aboriginal communities. Each module has been developed to meet various colleges’ and professional bodies’ Continuing Professional Development criteria. See information about the program and how to register.

ECU STI Online Training program

Free online training program approved for professional development points

Developed by the Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia, this program aims to increase clinicians’ knowledge and skills in managing STIs. It’s free of charge, and anyone can register. Modules 1 and 2 are approved for professional development points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing. See more information about the course.

ASHM workforce development programs

Syphilis Outbreak Training Website

This website provides professional development for health practitioners working in areas affected by the syphilis outbreak including doctors, nurses, midwives, Aboriginal Health Practitioners and Aboriginal Health Workers. It includes content on epidemiology, outbreak responses, clinical stages, testing and management, contact tracing, interpreting results, and notification. The module provides a competency assessment and can be accessed on the ASHM Online Learning Portal STI/BBVs in the course catalogue. (You can register for a free login if you are new to ASHM Online Learning)

Workforce development programs and resources

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral hepatitis and Sexual health Medicine (ASHM) runs courses including:

  • Training in Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C for Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services (usually delivered as an in-service) – Australia wide
  • Training in Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers – Australia wide
  • Deadly Sex Congress – sexual health professional development conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers – Queensland only

See available courses. ASHM can also do training by request – just send an email to

Nuts and Bolts of Sexual Health

Course (in Perth) designed for workers in the youth sector, including Aboriginal health workers, AIEOs, SEWB workers and other mental health workers, AOD workers, peer educators and health promotion workers. Designed to develop the core knowledge, attitudes and skills required to have conversations with young people about respectful relationships and sexual health issues, and providing information and support. See more information about the course.