The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) - ACCESS

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ACCESS was funded from 2007 to 2010 by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Funding is currently being received from; ACT Health, NSW Ministry of Health, Northern Territory Government and Victorian Department of Health.

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About the Project


To maintain a comprehensive surveillance system that will help to evaluate the impact of interventions designed to control STIs and BBVs in Australia and will underpin Australia’s strategic response to STIs and BBVs.

Design & Method

The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) – “ACCESS” – is a surveillance system that compiles data collected in three clinical and one laboratory network. These networks are:

·         Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Network;

·         Primary Health Clinic Network (including General Practices and Family Planning Clinics);

·         Sexual Health Services Network; and

·         Laboratory Network;

Each of these networks collects information to describe patterns of STI and BBV testing and positivity in a range of priority populations, including:

·         Young heterosexuals;

·         Men who have sex with men;

·         People who inject drugs;

·         Culturally and linguistically diverse communities;

·         Indigenous people; and

·         Sex workers.


The STIs and BBVs that ACCESS collects information on include: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C (note: included diseases vary by jurisdiction).


Data are regularly collated from the clinical sites and laboratories and used to interpret passive surveillance trends and inform service provision planning. Numerous publications and reports have been prepared based on the ACCESS data.

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Professor and Program Head
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QIP and GRHANITE manager
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Margaret Hellard, Caroline Van Gemert, Mark Stoove, Isabel Bergeri, Jane Goller, Fabian Kong, Anna Bowring, Elizabeth Sullivan, Zhuoyang Li, Wayne Dimech, Marcus Chen, Christopher Fairley, Catherine O’Connor, Bridget Dickson, Lewis Marshall, Tony Merritt, Jane Hocking, Marie Pirotta, Phyllis Lau, Douglas Boyle, Helena Britt, Clare Heal, Tom Brett, Caroline Harvey, Robyn Wardle, Kathy McNamee, Lynne Jordan, Anne Stephens, Christine Read, Deborah Bateson, Deborah Wright, Mick Adams, Mark Saunders, Sophie Couzos, Jenny Hunt, Peter Waples-Crowe, David Scrimgeour, Sid Williams, Ana Herceg, Liz Moore, Michael Beckmann, Julie MacPhail, Marian Currie, Zena Robinson, Trent Miller, Megan Halliday, Paul Goldwater.

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