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Victorian Department of Human Services
Victorian HIV/AIDS Strategy 2002-2004 and Addendum 2005-2009
Rural and Regional Health and Aged Care Services Division, Victorian Department of Human Services, 2006, 46 pp
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"The first Victorian HIV/AIDS Strategy (2002-2004) was formulated within the framework of the fourth National HIV/AIDS Strategy (1999-2000 to 2003-2004) and was endorsed as a whole of Victorian government document. It 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. The key outcomes of that strategy are discussed in 'An overview of the Victorian HIV/AIDS Strategy (2002-2004)', in the following pages. With the end of the term of the strategy on 31 December 2004, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood-borne and Sexually Transmissible Infections advised that the priority activities identified in the strategy remained current and that the document did not need to be rewritten. However, the committee identified a number of new and emerging issues to be addressed by government and the funded sector. As such, the Victorian HIV/AIDS Strategy 2002-2004 and Addendum 2005-2009 is comprised of the text of the Victorian HIV/AIDS Strategy (2002-2004) and the following additional priority issues Improve the recording of Indigenous status in blood-borne virus (BBV) and sexually transmissible infection (STI) notifications; refocus HIV/AIDS health promotion efforts to encourage testing and treatment for HIV and STIs; ensure the direct involvement of HIV positive people in HIV prevention and education strategies; focus on the needs of and issues faced by an ageing population of people living with HIV/AIDS; focus on the BBV/STI needs of Indigenous people in custodial settings; increase the capacity of culturally and linguistically diverse communities most affected by HIV/AIDS to contribute to policy and program development and implementation; improve HIV/AIDS monitoring, treatment, education and support for people in custodial settings; provide education and access to appropriate health services for Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse youth; and develop comprehensive service delivery pathways spanning urban, regional and rural areas. Implementation of the extended strategy will be documented and prioritised in the new implementation plan, which will be developed in consultation with the committee."

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