Incidence and predictors of annual chlamydia testing among 15-29 year olds attending Aboriginal primary health care services in New South Wales, Australia
Simon Graham, Rebecca J Guy, James S Ward, John Kaldor, Basil Donovan, Janet Knox, Debbie McCowen, Patricia Bullen, Julie Booker, Chris O'Brien, Kristine Garrett, Handan C Wand
BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: For the past two decades, chlamydia has been the most commonly notified infectious disease among young people (15-29 year olds) in Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom and rates have increased annually in these three countries. In Australia, rates of chlamydia are three times higher in Aboriginal compared with non-Aboriginal people. Australian sexually transmissible infection guidelines recommend annual chlamydia testing for 15-29 year old females and males. This analysis will examine the incidence and predictors of annual chlamydia testing in 15-29 year olds attending four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Australia. METHODS: Fr..View full abstract
Simon Graham, Julie Booker, Chris O'Brien, Kristine Garrett and James Ward are Aboriginal Australians and acknowledge the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make to this work. We would like to acknowledge all the staff at each ACCHS who provide culturally appropriate medical, allied health and education to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people. We would like to acknowledge the investigators of the STRIVE project a large sexual health QIP project implemented in remote Aboriginal communities. The GRHANITE (TM) data extraction tool was developed by Dr Douglas Boyle at the University of Melbourne. James Ward and Simon Graham were the principal investigators for the SHIMMER project. The SHIMMER project was funded by the New South Wales Ministry of Health. The Kirby Institute is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Australia. Simon Graham is supported by a McKenzie Post-doctoral fellowship and by the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne. Rebecca Guy, John Kaldor and Basil Donovan are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowships.