Increasing Access by Priority Populations to Australian Sexual Health Clinics

Ali, Hammad MPH*; Donovan, Basil MD*†; Fairley, Christopher K. PhD‡§; Chen, Marcus Y. PhD‡§; O’Connor, Catherine C. DrPH*¶∥; Grulich, Andrew E. PhD*; McNulty, Anna FAChSHM; Ryder, Nathan FAChSHM**; Hellard, Margaret E. PhD††; Guy, Rebecca J. PhD*; on behalf of the ACCESS Collaboration

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000015
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Abstract: Data from a network of 35 Australian sexual health clinics, in geographically diverse locations, showed that the number and proportion of patients from priority populations (ie, young people, men who have sex with men, indigenous people, and female sex workers) increased significantly between 2004 and 2011.

Australian sexual health clinics have seen an increasing number and proportion of patients from priority populations over the past 8 years.

From the *The Kirby Institute, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; †Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; ‡Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; §School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ¶RPA Sexual Health Service, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; ∥Central Clinical School, Sydney University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; **Clinic 34, Darwin, NT, Australia; and ††Centre for Population Health, Burnett Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

‡‡see Appendix A

The authors thank all sexual health clinics that provided data for Chlamydia Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance (see Appendix A).

Conflicts of interest and source of funding: No conflicts of interest. The ACCESS project is funded by the Health Departments of New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Correspondence: Hammad Ali, MPH, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia. E-mail: hali@kirby.usnw.edu.au.

Received for publication January 7, 2013, and accepted June 18, 2013.

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