Syphilis

The infectious syphilis outbreak was identified in the Kimberley region in mid-2014 and a related cluster was identified in mid-2018 in the Pilbara region. The Goldfields joined the syphilis outbreak in mid-2019. Cross-border and cross-region population movement increases the risk of spread to adjacent regions. Of concern is the risk of congenital syphilis.

WA Syphilis outbreak response https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/U_Z/WA-Syphilis-outbreak-response
WA Syphilis Outbreak Response Action Plan https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/-/media/Files/Corporate/general-documents/Sexual-Health/PDF/SORG/SORG-Action-plan.pdf

Sexual Health Resources

ashm https://www.ashm.org.au/
Sexual Health Quarters https://shq.org.au/
WA Aids Council https://waaids.com/
Jean Hailes Foundation https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/sex-sexual-health

Education Modules

ashm https://www.ashm.org.au/training/ashm-online-learning/
Sexual Health Quarters https://shq.org.au/education/courses/
Jean Hailes Foundation https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-professionals/elearning-modules

Regional Sexual Health Coordinator

The role of the regional coordinators are to provide support to sexual health programs, guidance and expertise to health professionals working in the field. Specific tasks for the role include:

  • organising and/or facilitating orientation to the sexual health program for new staff working in the region
  • designing and implementing sexual health promotion strategies
  • Coordinating and/or providing education on sexual health and sexually transmissible infections to health service providers

Contact details for regional coordinators

Goldfields Public Health Unit
Tel: (08) 9080 8200
Email: WACHSGoldfieldsCommunicableDiseaseControl@health.wa.gov.au