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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 Families 155 High quality sexual health services as well as clinical care for HIV and hepatitis B and C continue to be provided via Clinic 34 services in the Northern Territory. Client numbers have ! &! & programs. In response, an additional nursing position has been created in Clinic 34 Darwin. An accreditation process for the Darwin Clinic 34 has commenced using the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP). {!& input and guidance of the Northern Territory Health Promotion Advisory Group. The Northern Territory Sexual Health Advisory Group provides direction and oversight for sexual health services in the Territory. It has a wide representation from both Government Z ! # & three year framework is currently underway. Immunisation The Immunisation section provides technical and logistic support for the delivery of immunisations by Government and non-government primary care providers throughout the Territory. Immunisation rates for Territory children are essentially the same as national rates at all ages. This is achieved despite the challenges of having relatively fewer General Practitioners than elsewhere and that over 30% of the population lives in remote communities. Key Achievements Table 23: Northern Territory immunisation rates (From Australian Childhood Immunisation Register calculated at 30 June 2010) There was a nationwide epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough) in 2008 which also affected the Northern Territory and continued into 2009. In order to protect infants from pertussis, the Department offers free adult diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (dTpa) vaccine to all new parents and other household carers of infants. The Immunisation section is very active in providing immunisation training and support for health care workers. Since 1 January 2010, successful completion of the About Giving Vaccine course has become a compulsory requirement for nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers immunising without direct medical supervision. Medical Entomology Following the recent successful elimination of the exotic dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti from Groote Eylandt, there has been no new establishment of any dengue mosquitoes in the Northern Territory. The Territory remains one of the very few tropical regions of the world that is free from dengue mosquitoes. During 2009-10 there were four separate incidents 12-<15 months 24-<27 months 60-<63 months NT (total) 89.90% 92.60% 82.80% Australia (total) 91.60% 90.60% 84.50% NT Aboriginal 87.40% 92.80% 86.50% Australia Aboriginal 84.60% 90.50% 80.00% NT non Aboriginal 91.70% 92.30% 80.00% Australia non Aboriginal 92.00% 92.10% 84.70%