Archive For: ATSIHIV News

Syphilis in northern communities

Syphilis in northern communities

As an infectious syphilis epidemic continues to ravage northern Australia – now threatening the lives of newborn babies – Indigenous sexual health specialist James Ward is leading a campaign to help remote communities. By Michele Tydd. While the federal government committed $8.8 million this year to fight an ongoing syphilis epidemic sweeping Australia’s top end, many ... Read More
 
NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Closing the gap

NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Closing the gap

Reconciling a policy mess: But research shows ACCHO’s significantly more effective at improving Indigenous health outcomes than the mainstream system. ” The present National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO )network provides a different working model for governments devolving decision-making power to the people directly affected. Research shows the network is significantly more effective at improving ... Read More
 
Drug deaths in Australia hit record high at 142 fatalities a month

Drug deaths in Australia hit record high at 142 fatalities a month

By Aisha Dow  28 August 2018 — 12:01am Australians are underestimating the danger of popular sleeping pills and sedatives “at their peril”, as a record 142 people die every month in accidental drug overdoses, a major new report warns. Annual drug deaths almost doubled in the decade to 2016, a period that claimed 13,471 lives through unintentional ... Read More
 
Registered nurses take action on HIV/AIDS by producing documentary

Registered nurses take action on HIV/AIDS by producing documentary

Source: Pamela Cowan, Regina Leader-Post Published on: April 26, 2018  ‘We know that there is an epidemic of HIV — probably one of the largest epidemics there’s been in Saskatchewan in quite some time.’ Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, says registered nurses want to use their voices to bring the HIV crisis ... Read More
 
ATSIHAW NEWSLETTER February 2018

ATSIHAW NEWSLETTER February 2018

PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP) –  A TABLET YOU TAKE TO PREVENT HIV On 9 February, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) announced PrEP will be subsidised by the Australian Government through the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS). This means that soon HIV-negative people at risk of HIV will be able to get prescriptions from the doctor for ... Read More
 
Syphilis out of control in the north

Syphilis out of control in the north

Source: National Indigenous Times – 7 February 2018 Wendy Caccetta: reporter@nit.com.au Northern Australia is in the middle of the worst outbreak of syphilis in three decades and it’s having tragic consequences, with the recent death of another baby whose mother was infected with the sexually transmitted bacterial infection. Even if extra medical support crews were ... Read More
 
2nd World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis – Anchorage Consensus Statement 2017

2nd World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis – Anchorage Consensus Statement 2017

2017 is the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Delegates at the 2nd World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis, held in Anchorage, Alaska from 8-9 August, seized the opportunity to develop a powerful consensus statement which calls on nation-states and governments to commit to eliminating viral hepatitis among Indigenous ... Read More
 
Dr G. Yunupingu’s legacy: it’s time to get rid of chronic hepatitis B in Indigenous Australia

Dr G. Yunupingu’s legacy: it’s time to get rid of chronic hepatitis B in Indigenous Australia

News of the tragic death of Dr G. Yunupingu last week in Darwin at only 46 years of age has again highlighted the unacceptable gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians. Yunupingu had been living with chronic hepatitis B since early in life, and experienced complications of this condition including liver ... Read More