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Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families



Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families

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Department Health and Families154 1. SHBBV 2009-10 data may not be complete. This issue is currently being addressed. Actual numbers for STIs are expected to be greater than reported. 2. Mosquito traps analysed are overnight mosquito trap collections set weekly from major towns in the Territory. Information is used to assess mosquito disease risks, evaluate mosquito control programs and for media alerts and warnings. 3. To be assessed as fully immunised, each child must have received the recommended number of vaccina > >> ! Zz K ! } K ! # 4. To be assessed as fully immunised, each child must have received the recommended number of vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and rubella and either vaccine for Zz K !} K !# 5. & & " @ & urban areas bordering the northern suburbs. Key Achievements Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses (SHBBV) There have been major achievements in sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) programs built upon work undertaken in recent years. The SHBBV unit has a major commitment to research and has forged strong links with the Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR) to undertake a number of research activities aimed at enabling sexual health service providers to design and deliver programs that are evidence based and locally relevant. A major project being conducted by the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research and involving a broad range of both the Department and community controlled health services will focus on implementing a comprehensive best practice approach in remote community health centres. This project has the dual aims of lowering the rates of sexually transmitted infections and developing a framework of quality and performance indicators to inform program delivery and evaluation. Rates of chlamydia infection have increased in the Northern Territory in recent years, as they ] #! falling over the last several years with trichomonas decreasing in 2009-10. The number of $ ! $ ! ! &> but has been showing an increasing trend since 2007 particularly in infections acquired overseas and via heterosexual contact. A six month HIV Travellers Campaign commenced on May 2010. This campaign aims to increase awareness in Territory residents of the increased risks of acquiring HIV through unsafe sex in high prevalence countries, in particular in South East Asia. ! #]& *;';Z 11 to increase screening in urban at risk populations and, in line with the 2010-13 national hepatitis C strategy, to increase the number of people receiving hepatitis C treatment. In partnership with the Department of Education and Training, the Unit has commenced a ! ! \ ! to Aboriginal youth. A Project Coordinator is undertaking an analysis of needs and current approaches, barriers/opportunities and models of service delivery. Seven adolescent Health & &"& ! &"&\ consultation being a cornerstone of the project.

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