Syphilis jumps to WA: doctors say ‘complacent’ safe sex attitudes to blame

ABC News, 17/03/2018

Some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Western Australia, with Aboriginal communities in the north hit particularly hard by a syphilis outbreak.

Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid said Aboriginal people in the north had been failed.

“It’s really sad that we’ve actually had and outbreak of syphilis that started in north Queensland that’s gone right across the north of Australia, through the Northern Territory and into the Kimberley through our Aboriginal populations,” Dr Khorshid said.

“In this day and age, in a medical system that’s had a cure for that condition for many decades, the fact we are still seeing an outbreak of such an easily treated infectious disease really says a lot about our failure as a community to deal with the health issues in our Aboriginal communities.”

 

 

What is really going on with STIs in Indigenous kids?

The Age, 10 March 2018

Detailed new statistics on sexually transmitted infections among Indigenous children in the Northern Territory reveal the number of cases is declining and there is little evidence to link STI rates to child abuse.

 

Queensland strangulation law after one year: almost 800 charged

The Age, May 7, 2017

Almost 800 people have been charged with strangulation offences in Queensland in the past year, following a domestic violence crackdown.

Strangulation was added as a standalone offence to Queensland’s Criminal Code one year ago, because it is known to be an indicator of escalating domestic violence.

News from Brisbane: HIV notifications fallen, rapid STI testing starting

  • HIV notifications drop by 30 per cent in Metro North and South

Brisbane Times, Oct 31 2016

New HIV notifications have dropped 30 per cent in the first six months of this year in the Metro North and South areas, compared to the previous five-year average.

The results, detailed in the latest HIV Foundation Queensland annual report, show the state records among the best results in the nation.

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  • Revolutionary STI diagnostic technology to be evaluated in Brisbane

HIV Foundation Queensland,  01 Nov 2016

Rapid 90 minute testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea will soon be implemented by the RAPID peer-led HIV and syphilis testing program.

The innovative testing technology, known as GeneXpert™, has shown to improve regional sexual health services in remote Australian communities and will now be adopted to support urban community programs.

Adoption of rapid STI testing will enable full STI screening for men who have sex with men, and other target populations at risk with results delivered within hours of taking the tests. By being able to rapidly diagnose a wider range STIs the pilot program carries the potential for transforming the delivery of sexual health services within the Brisbane community.

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Sexual age of consent standardised to age 16 by Queensland government

The Age,

The legal age for consensual anal sex in Queensland has been lowered to 16 years, in line with other consensual sexual activity, and the word “sodomy” removed from the Criminal Code.

The Queensland Parliament voted to remove the longstanding source of discrimination in Queensland’s Criminal Code on Thursday night.

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Queensland abortion laws in spotlight

ABC Radio,  Monday, August 1, 2016 18:40:00

A group of Brisbane obstetricians and gynaecologists is calling for the right to opt out of performing abortions, if a bill decriminalising the practice gets through the Queensland Parliament.  The group has made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws to take abortion out of Queensland’s criminal code.  The inquiry is currently underway in Brisbane.

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