Journal article

Sexual health service adaptations to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Australia: a nationwide online survey

Tiffany R Phillips, Christopher K Fairley, Basil Donovan, Jason J Ong, Anna McNulty, Lewis Marshall, David J Templeton, Louise Owen, Alison Ward, Manoji Gunathilake, Darren Russell, Julian Langton-Lockton, Christopher Bourne, Sarah Martin, Eric PF Chow

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Examine the changes in service delivery Australian public sexual health clinics made to remain open during lockdown. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey designed and delivered on Qualtrics was emailed to 21 directors of public sexual health clinics across Australia from July-August 2020 and asked about a variety of changes to service delivery. Descriptive statistics were calculated. RESULTS: Twenty clinics participated, all remained open and reported service changes, including suspension of walk-in services in eight clinics. Some clinics stopped offering asymptomatic screening for varying patient populations. Most clinics transitioned to a mix of telehealth and face-to-face consulta..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant


Awarded by Australian NHMRC Leadership Investigator Grants


Awarded by Australian NHMRC Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Emerging Leadership Investigator


Awarded by Australian NHMRC Leadership Investigator


Funding Acknowledgements

E.P.F.C is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant (GNT1172873). C.K.F is supported by an Australian NHMRC Leadership Investigator Grants (GNT1172900). JJO is supported by an Australian NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (GNT1104781).