Australia's response to HIV has been characterised through the development of policy and priorities based on collaboration of community, clinical, research and government which is now known as the 'partnership approach'.
The partnership approach has led to a series of National HIV strategies, which can be found chronologically below.
In July 2014, The Australian Government Department of Health released the 7th National HIV Strategy which covers the period to 2014-2017.
The strategies were endorsed by all State and Territory Health Ministers and the Commonwealth Government.
For the first time, the HIV Strategy importantly contains numerical targets which relate to the identification and management of HIV.
The NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020 continues the NSW Government’s commitment to achieving the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in NSW by 2020
The NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020 continues the NSW Government’s commitment to achieving the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in NSW by 2020, building on the targets and activities that proved successful in implementing the NSW HIV Strategy 2012-2015. It is based on current evidence, and continues the focus by NSW on preventing HIV transmission, increasing HIV testing frequency in priority populations in accordance with risk, integrating HIV testing as part of routine care in priority settings and strengthening systems for rapid treatment initiation and adherence.
The Strategy’s goals are to virtually eliminate HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 and to sustain the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in people who inject drugs, sex workers and from mother-to-child.
The NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020 is available as a PDF download via the NSW Health website:
In line with the Seventh National HIV Strategy 2014–2017 (external site), the goals of the WA HIV Strategy 2015–2018 are:
The WA HIV Strategy 2015–2018 is based on a strong partnership approach and collective action between government, non-government, healthcare and research organisations.
Authored by the Department of Health and Ageing (Australian Government) and published in 2010, the National Blood Borne Virus and STI Strategy Implementation Plans have been developed to provide guidance in putting the National Blood Borne Virus and STI strategies into operation. The plans assign high-level responsibility for the priority areas identified in each strategy. To request a copy of the plans or the mid-term review, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seventh National HIV Strategy is effective for the years 2014 to 2017 and contains numerical targets.
The NSW Sexually Transmissible InfectionsStrategy 2006-2009 provides a framework for STI prevention, treatment, care and support, research and workforce development in NSW. This environmental scan was produced during the strategy’s development.
NSW HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Hepatitis C Strategies: Implementation Plan for Aboriginal People 2006-2009
The NSW HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Hepatitis C Strategies: Implementation Plan for Aboriginal People 2006-2009 supported health services to implement the NSW HIV/AIDS Strategy 2006-2009, the NSW Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2006-2009 and the NSW Hepatitis C Strategy 2006–2009. Aboriginal people are identified as priority populations in each Strategy. This implementation plan provided a tool for coordinating responses to all three strategies.
The NSW Sexually Transmissible InfectionsStrategy 2006-2009 provides a framework for STI prevention, treatment, care and support, research and workforce development in NSW.
ACT HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, STIs – A Strategic Framework 2007-2012 has been produced to guide the local response to the issues of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections. It confirms the ACT Government’s commitment to improving the overall wellbeing of our community by working towards reducing the incidence and impact of these conditions.
The Queensland HIV Strategy 2013-2015 focuses on testing, treatment uptake, reducing transmission, increasing awareness and addressing issues of stigma and discrimination.
The NSW HIV Strategy 2012-2015 forms a framework for HIV prevention, treatment, care, research and workforce development in NSW. The strategy sets targets, and calls on HIV stakeholders to prioritise so they are informed by the latest evidence, while staying true to the principles that have not underpinned the NSW response since the beginning.
The HIV Model of Care Implementation Plan 2010-2014 endorses a partnership approach to the overall management of HIV in Western Australia, working together to reduce the transmission of and morbidity and mortality caused by HIV.
Australia's 6th National HIV Strategy covers the period 2010-2013. Superseeded by the 7th National Strategy 2014-2017.
The HIV Action Plan 2009-2012 addresses emerging challenges for the HIV response in South Australia. It describes strategies and activities to reshape the prevention response to stem rises in new infections of HIV; improve the coordination of care for people with HIV; and connect people isolated from HIV education, prevention and care services to appropriate supports.
The Victorian HIV/AIDS Strategy 2002–2004 and Addendum 2005–2009 guided the public health and acute care responses and was the basis of the community and service providers' partnership in relation to HIV/AIDS during 2002–2004. At the end of the term of the strategy in 2004, the priority activities identified in the strategy remained current and the document did not need to be rewritten. However, a number of new and emerging issues to be addressed by government and the funded sector were identified and placed as an addendum.