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Economic evaluation of alternative testing regimes and settings to detect undiagnosed HIV in Australia

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Williams, O.D., Dean, J.A., Crothers, A. et al. Economic evaluation of alternative testing regimes and settings to detect undiagnosed HIV in Australia.  BMC Health Serv Res 21, 30 (2021) Background: The study aimed to estimate the comparative costs per positive diagnosis of previously undetected HIV in three testing regimes: conventional; parallel and point of care (POC) testing. The regimes are...

Opinion: Relationships & sex education now mandatory in English schools – Australia should do the same

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Jacqueline Hendriks,The Conversation, September 9, 2020 6.07am AEST Relationships and sex education became compulsory throughout schools in England at the beginning of September 2020. In primary schools the course will focus on relationships, while secondary schools will include topics such as managing intimate relationships, consent and online behaviour. Schools — including government...

Community Forum: Sex Work Decriminalisation (free online event)

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Thorne Harbour Health, July 2020 A review into the decriminalisation of sex work in Victoria is currently underway. Join us to learn about sex work decriminalisation from an expert panel including representatives of the Scarlet Alliance, Sex Industry Network, Vixen Collective, SWOP NT and Respect QLD. The event will feature presentations on the current regulatory framework in different Australian...

Medical Board releases new guidelines for practitioners and students on blood-borne viruses

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Medical Board of Australia, 23 Jun 2020 The Medical Board of Australia is encouraging practitioners and students to review the new Guidelines for registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses before they take effect on 6 July 2020. The Board’s guidelines are for practitioners and students who perform exposure-prone procedures and registered health practitioners...

It’s time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia – Professor Caroline de Costa

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The Conversation, April 1, 2019 6.13am AEDT Over the past thirteen years, many Australian women have used the drug mifepristone (RU486) to bring about a medical abortion. Rather than undergoing a surgical abortion in a clinic or hospital operating theatre, a medical abortion is induced by taking drugs prescribed by a doctor. But while mifepristone has been available in Australia since 2006, only...

The Ban on ‘Amyl’

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Thorne Harbour Health, 17 Jan 2019 Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently postponed its decision on whether or not to change the law around alkyl nitrites (the active ingredient in ‘amyl’ or ‘poppers’). Currently, the TGA is conducting public consultations into the proposed amendments that could see amyl recategorised as a ‘prohibited...

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