The 2016 Deadly Sex Congress was held in Brisbane from 19-20 of October with 53 delegates working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health from across Queensland (pictured above) participating in two days of learning, sharing stories and networking.
This annual forum for Indigenous Sexual Health Workers from across Queensland aims to update their knowledge, build workforce capacity and share their stories, with topics including healthy relationships, BBV/STIs, contact tracing, and HIV treatment as prevention.
Presentations included a plenary lecture from A/Professor James Ward (Head of Infectious Diseases Research Program - Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute), nine community stories sessions presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health workers, a session on how to design and deliver deadly programs and interactive activities on the transmission of hepatitis.
The 2016 Deadly Sex Congress is strategically supported by the draft Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 and the North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmissible Infections Action Plan 2016-2021. Specifically, the Strategy and Action Plan identify providing coordinated education, training and continuing professional development opportunities; showcasing STI best practice and achievements; and promoting and supporting access to Deadly Sex Congress and networks.
Key takeaways + messages from Deadly Sex 2016
- HIV and STI diagnosis rates are rising in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
- More follow-up after a positive STI test is required
- Sexual Health screening should become a part of the 715 Adult Health Check
- Hepatitis C in now a curable disease
- The HIV PrEP trial is starting soon in Queensland
- Engagement with community is the key to successful programs
Follow-on Deadly Sex Updates in 2017
While the Deadly Sex Congress has a long history in Queensland, this is the first time ASHM has been involved in its organisation. Following the Congress, ASHM will also be hosting five Deadly Sex Networking Updates across Queensland in 2017 for conference attendees and those unable to make it. Interested party/ies wanting to attend these updates in 2017 can express their interest to Katelin Haynes, ASHM Senior Project Officer, on the contact below.
Above picture: Mr Neville Fazulla presenting to delegates on the lived experience of an Aboriginal man with HIV
More Deadly Sex at the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health + HIV&AIDS Conference
For delegates attending the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health + HIV&AIDS Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, A/Professor James Ward (Head of Infectious Diseases Research Program - Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) will be presenting a brief summary of this Deadly Sex Congress at the ASHM hub on Tuesday 17 November. See the ASHM Hub Program here
A/Professor James Ward also presented a paper titled International viral hepatitis responses for indigenous peoples at the 2016 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference.
Contact for more information
Katelin Haynes, Senior Project Officer
T: 0423 058 692