High level summit on rising HIV, sexually transmissible infections (STI) and viral hepatitis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The High Level Summit on Rising HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) and Viral Hepatitis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (‘The Summit’) was an initiative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week. The Summit represents one of the most important meetings in Indigenous Health, blood borne viruses (BBV) and STIs in more than 30 years.

The High Level Summit on Rising HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) and Viral Hepatitis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (‘The Summit’) was an initiative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week. The Summit represents one of the most important meetings in Indigenous Health, blood borne viruses (BBV) and STIs in more than 30 years.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are considered to be vulnerable to BBV and STIs, and examples from overseas have shown the devastating impact of outbreaks within Indigenous communities. The Summit was conducted in response to the rising rates of HIV, and the ongoing, unacceptable rates of STIs and viral hepatitis amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Hon Fiona Nash, Minster for Rural Health, acknowledged the rising rates of STIs and BBV within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and highlighted the Australian Government’s commitment to improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Senator Nash acknowledged the work of various organisations to date, and outlined the importance of the Summit as a platform to share ideas and promote collaborations between different organisations and government representatives.

The Hon Cameron Dick, Queensland Minister for Health Services, officially opened the Summit. Mr Dick highlighted the ongoing syphilis outbreak, which started in Northern Queensland and has since spread across northern Australia. Senator Dick highlighted the disproportionate burden of STIs and BBV affecting Indigenous communities and outlined the work that the Queensland Government is doing to work towards addressing these issues. 

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Read the Final Report from The Summit.

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