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November 30, 2017

QUEENSLAND UNISHARP 1ML SYRINGE LAUNCH

Last year we blogged a story from the Anex Bulletin about the introduction of the Korean made 1ml Terumo syringes that have been causing problems for people who inject. Needle and Syringe Programs around the country began receiving complaints about the new syringes including blunt or weak needles and difficult-to-use plungers.  You can read about it here.


In response to this issue a new range of 1ml syringes have been released in Australia and the Queensland launch for the new Unisharp 1ml Syringe happened this week. Andrew Preston, Managing Director of Exchange Supplies has presented a one hour webinar for Insight Queensland explaining the history of the Unisharp coloured syringes and provides all the information needed for workers supporting clients who are injecting drug users.

You can watch it here.

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September 18, 2015

RESPECT INC: SUPPORT FOR QUEENSLAND SEX WORKERS

Respect Inc is non-profit community based organisation made up of past and present sex workers, who are focused on enhancing the rights and wellbeing of sex workers in Queensland.  They have offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville, and they have a specific program for young people and sex work.  Respect Inc offer cheap sex work supplies such as condoms and lube, drop in spaces, peer support, community education, outreach and in-person workshops.

For more information or to get in touch click here.

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April 17, 2015

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: SMALL GRANTS AVAILABLE

Hepatitis Queensland has announced a small grants program designed to support agencies in recognising World Hepatitis Day, which is being held on the 28th of July 2015.  The theme is "Time to act" and Hepatitis Queensland are offering free "World Hepatitis Day" resources and promotion packs, as well as small grants of either $3000, $500 or $150 to allow local organisations to run events in their communities.


For more information or to apply for a small grant go to the Hepatitis Queensland website.

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September 26, 2014

THE GOANNA SURVEY: INDIGENOUS SEXUAL HEALTH

The first national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples' sexual health has just been published.  "The Goanna Survey" looked at knowledge, risk practices and health service access of just under 3000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 16 - 29 from all over Australia (51% from urban areas, 36% from rural areas and 9% from remote areas).   Overall the study found knowledge of sexual health was relatively high, improving as participants got older.  Conversely, rates of condom use were highest in the youngest age groups: 69% reported using condoms in their most recent sexual contact in the under 20 year old age group, falling to 38% of those aged 25 - 29.  33% of males and 22% of females reported being drunk or high at their last sexual encounter with highest rates of intoxicated sexual activity occurring in the youngest age groups.

Download "The Goanna Survey" here.

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September 5, 2014

KNOW4SURE.ORG.AU

Children by Choice, the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation that provides unbiased information on unplanned pregnancy options, has launched a new website designed for young people: know4sure.org.au.  The website includes information on common myths about contraception, pregnancy and abortion, tips on being a supportive friend, information on pregnancy testing options, and options for young pregnant women.  This site uses easy to understand language, and includes links to get support in real life, if required.

Go to know4sure.org.au

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July 18, 2014

2013 ANNUAL SURVEILLANCE REPORT OF HIV, VIRAL HEPATITIS AND STIS

The Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales has published their annual report that tracks the rates of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs.  A number of concerning figures are contained in this report, with Queensland showing significant increases in the rates of gay men having unsafe sex with casual partners.  No other state in Australia recorded such significant increases in unsafe sex, with Queensland now having the highest rates of unprotected intercourse amongst gay men in the country.  This has led to increased diagnoses of HIV, with rates likely to continue to rise into the future if this trend carries on.

Go to "2013 Annual Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs"

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May 16, 2014

NATIONAL SURVEY OF AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY STUDENTS AND SEXUAL HEALTH 2013

LA Trobe University has published their 5th "National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health". The study involved over 2000 students in year 10, 11 and 12 from public as well as independent schools in all states and territories of Australia. The study looked at knowledge of sexual health issues, sexual behaviours, beliefs and perceptions, fertility, alcohol and other drug use, internet and social media use, as well as young people's views on sexuality and relationship education.

Download "National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013" (488KB PDF)

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November 22, 2013

QUEENSLAND WORLD AIDS DAY: DECEMBER 1ST

World AIDS Day is approaching and events are planned right across Queensland.  The theme for this year is "Getting to Zero. Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths". The aim of the day is to increase awareness of HIV in the community and to ensure that people living with HIV / AIDS can live free from discrimination and stigma.  For more information on events happening in your local community go to the Queensland World AIDS Day website.

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March 22, 2013

SEX, DRUGS AND ILLNESS: WHY YOUNG PEOPLE NEED MEDICAL CONFIDENTIALITY

A recent article has appeared on The Conversation website titled "Sex, drugs and illness: why teens need medical confidentiality", by Rony Duncan, Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  The article talks about the perspectives of parents -  some parents believe that the best way to help their children become independent was to step back, letting them see doctors on their own.  Other parents felt that the best way to support their children becoming independent was to keep track of everything going on in their child's lives including their health care.

Read "Sex, drugs and illness: why teens need medical confidentiality"

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February 22, 2013

ASSOCIATION BETWEEN ALCOHOL USE AND RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOURS

A recent article has been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health titled "Excessive alcohol use and its association with risky sexual behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Victorian secondary school students".  The article looks at a sample of year 11 students from government and independent schools in Victoria and considers alcohol use and engagement in a number of different sexual behaviours and risk situations.  The study found a statistically significant association between excessive alclhol use and risky sexual behaviour, even after controlling for demographic, school and family factors.

Read the full report here.

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