Second National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2010 - 2013

9. Workforce development

Page last updated: July 2010

A trained and competent clinical and public health workforce is fundamental to managing and responding to STIs and to supporting this strategy’s implementation. All five national strategies identify the difficulties of developing and maintaining such a workforce and combined efforts must address this issue. The problems of recruiting, retaining and training an undersupplied and ageing workforce have been identified.51

This strategy supports the promotion of training and support across all levels of the response and models of service delivery which incorporate multidisciplinary teams and general practitioners, nursing staff and Aboriginal Health Workers.

Priority actions in workforce development

  • Strengthening training programs, continuing education in STIs and supporting mechanisms for primary healthcare providers.
  • Strengthening the capacity of non-specialist service providers in health, education, justice and other related services to take on STI education and prevention and to respond to the needs of priority populations in respect to STI prevention and other needs.

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

Robert Batey
Bill Bowtell
Graham Brown
Jennifer Bryant
Kerry Chant
Andrew Grulich
Michael Kidd (Chair)
Sharon Lewin
Annie Madden
Helen McNeil
Robert Mitchell
Marian Pitts
Darren Russell
Cindy Shannon
Kim Stewart
Carla Treloar
Helen Watchirs
Mark Wenitong
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Sexually Transmissible Infections Expert Writing Reference Group

Chris Bourne
Erin Bowen
Kat Byron
Simon Donohoe
Jonathan Hallett
Steven Hill
Melissa Kang
Carol Lankuts
Sharon Larkin
Lewis Marshall
Marian Pitts (Deputy Chair)
Louise Pratt
Darren Russell (Chair)
Kim Stewart
Christian Vega
Russell Waddell
Rebecca Walker
Jenny Walsh

Writing team

Levinia Crooks
John Godwin
Jacqui Richmond
Jan Savage
Jack Wallace
James Ward

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51 McLean S & Savage J, ‘Australia’s Health Workforce: roles, supply, trends, recruitment and capacity to deliver HIV services’, background paper for the Models of Access and Clinical Service Delivery Project, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, Sydney, NSW, 2009b, <>.