Northern Territory Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) services are governed by the NT wide Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG). This group provides high-level advice on the NT SHBBV program, priority setting, research directions and resource allocation.
The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) Unit, situated in the Centre for Disease Control, is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive SHBBV services to urban and remote communities throughout the Northern Territory which include:
- Free and Confidential Clinical Services (Clinic 34)
- Sexual Health Urban Team
- Remote Sexual Health Coordinators
- Sexuality Education Project
- Youth Health Policy
- Hepatitis C
- Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs)
- Research and Surveillance
- Policies and Guidelines
- Fact sheets
- Health Promotion and Campaigns
Clinic 34, located in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy are specialised sexual health services for the assessment and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and blood borne viruses (BBV), including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. All services are free and confidential. For further information and appointments, please contact us.
The SHBBV Unit provides urban and remote health services including community STI and BBV screening, men's and women's health workshops for health practitioners and ongoing support of STI management. Other activities include surveillance and follow-up of diagnosed infections, education initiatives, support and guidance for primary care providers and harm reduction initiatives including needle and syringe programs (NSP). Commonwealth and NT government funding is administered to non-governmental organisations for service delivery in BBV, STI and NSPs.
The Indigenous Adolescent Sexuality Education Project has come out of the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development. The project aims to improve access to sexual and reproductive health education for Indigenous adolescents across the NT and to create a more consistent and coordinated approach to delivery of this education. The project works within a community development framework to build the capacity of communities to deliver appropriate and culturally relevant sexuality education.
- Provide clinical updates in relation to STI/BBV for remote health services, undertake chart audits for quality assurance/teaching purposes and participate in community STI/BBV screens where requested
- In consultation with community members and the local clinic team, have input to community STI/BBV activity planning activities
- Organise and deliver gender specific sexual health workshops for the communities and contribute to health promotion/health education activities
- Provide telephone and on line information to remote health services about STI/BBV management on request
- Contribute to joint SHBBV activities with remote team workers across the entire NT.
The urban public health team, consists of Registered Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers.
Urban team work activities include:
- Education sessions for health professionals, clients, students, NGO staff, institutions and other service providers
- Preventative public health programs
- Community awareness raising
- Resources development and distribution
- Outreach clinical services
- Specialist support for Primary Health Care providers
The role of the Youth Health Policy officer is to develop strategies/models that can engage young people with sexual health services in the NT and promote testing and condom use through innovative and creative tools. Part of developing a framework is to build partnerships and network with NGOs, institutions and youth organisations in the NT. The role also aims to reorient health services to be more youth friendly in order to increase health seeking behaviour in young Territorians.