Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report – AIHW – 18 April 2013

Posted on April 19, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report – AIHW – 18 April 2013

“The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health funded six demonstration projects aimed at improving the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people over 3 years. An evaluation of the projects by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and identified that successful sexual health programs consulted a broad range of stakeholders; engaged and developed partnerships with the community, organisations and services; were culturally appropriate and flexible in their design, delivery and implementation; and had staff who were respected by the community.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-394-7; Cat. no. IHW 81; 69pp

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A framework for sexual health improvement in England – 15 March 2013

Posted on March 19, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: |

A framework for sexual health improvement in England – 15 March 2013

The report

 

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Can inter-sectoral collaboration improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health? – Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, University of NSW – 2012

Posted on October 23, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases | Tags: |

Can inter-sectoral collaboration improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health? – Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, University of NSW – 2012

Alexandra Girdwood, Shanti Raman, Rachel Nicholls
9780733431616 (pbk.)

Questions addressed in this discussion paper:

ƒ Does inter-sectoral collaboration (ISC) improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH)?
ƒ How is effectiveness of ISC measured?
ƒ Why is collaboration functioning an important part of measuring effectiveness?

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Healthy Women, Healthy Lives? Report from the first Inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK (APPG) – 10 July 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Obstetrics | Tags: , |

Healthy Women, Healthy Lives? Report from the first Inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK (APPG) – 10 July 2012

All-Party Parliamentary Group is chaired by Baroness Gould of Potternewtown in the House of Lords and administered by FPA

‘Shocking findings’ says first APPG Inquiry into contraceptive restrictions

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Nurse Practitioners and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. An Analysis of Supply and Demand – RAND – 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: , , |

Nurse Practitioners and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. An Analysis of Supply and Demand – RAND – 2012

by David I. Auerbach et al

“Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services is projected to grow between 10 and 20 percent from 2006 to 2020. This growth is driven largely by changes in the racial/ethnic make-up of the population of women of reproductive age and an increase in the number of people with insurance coverage because of new health care legislation.

Trends in supply and demand for SRH services, particularly for low-income individuals, suggest demand will outstrip supply in the next decade. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) with a women’s health focus are key providers of SRH care in Title X-funded clinics, which deliver a significant proportion of U.S. family planning and SRH services to low-income populations. This report looks at why numbers of women’s health NPs (WHNPs) have been declining, and are projected to continue to decline, despite significant growth in total numbers of NPs. Barriers to increasing the supply of NPs competent in SRH care — such as reduced funding for WHNP training, increased funding for primary care and geriatric NP training, and a shrinking proportion of WHNPs choosing to work in public health, clinics, and family planning — are identified.

From the standpoint that the evolution of the health care delivery system may serve as an opportunity to optimize the delivery of SRH services in the United States, a comprehensive set of options spanning education, federal and state regulations, and emerging models of care delivery are explored to reverse this trend of too few WHNPs, particularly for servicing Title X facilities and their patients.”

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Beyond consultation: a guide for health commissioners. How staff and service users can work together to improve health services – Panos London and Naz Project London – March 2012

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Beyond consultation: a guide for health commissioners. How staff and service users can work together to improve health services – Panos London and Naz Project London – March 2012

“This guide is one output from an engagement process designed and piloted by Panos London and Naz Project London. The project, Beyond Consultation, brought together African women, African men who have sex with men and staff from sexual health and HIV services in South East London. The three-year project aimed to improve the uptake of sexual health and HIV services by African migrants living in South London by enabling them to consider, discuss and address their concerns and priorities with staff from NHS services.”

… continues

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Simple Screening. A research report into the long term attitudes of UK young adults towards Chlamydia screening communications methods and locations. A report by MindMetre – March 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

Simple Screening. A research report into the long term attitudes of UK young adults towards Chlamydia screening communications methods and locations. A report by MindMetre – March 2012

“Executive summary
Chlamydia, also known as the ‘silent’ disease due to the lack of symptoms in over 50% of men and 70% of women1, has become the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK2. Young people under 25 are the most likely to get infected, with 65% of all new Chlamydia diagnoses in 2008 made to people between 16 and 24 years old3. The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP), now in its ninth year, has driven an almost 100% increase in testing levels for 15-24 year olds in England, which grew from 18,000 in 2003/04 to just under 1.8 million in 2010/11. However, in spite of these massive efforts, in 2010/11 the programme still fell ten per cent short of its target of screening 35% of 15 to 24 year olds4.

In order to adequately measure the prevalence of Chlamydia in the population and increase the programme’s efficiency, the number of tests carried out needs to grow. This report highlights that in order to achieve proposed testing levels, awareness needs to be raised among the target age group through channels that they are truly receptive to. At present, despite the success of the NCSP, screening rates among 15 to 24 year olds remains too low. One obstacle may be the unwillingness of some young people to visit sexual health clinics because of embarrassment, or perceived stigma. This study investigates the attitudes of young people to Chlamydia testing, and reveals new insights into the channels most likely to encourage higher testing levels.”

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Improving Sexual Health Services in Scotland. Integration and innovation. National Overview – Health Improvement Scotland – 15 November 2011

Posted on December 13, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Improving Sexual Health Services in Scotland. Integration and innovation. National Overview – Health Improvement Scotland – 15 November 2011

ISBN 1-84404-603-6

Report

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Sex Education in Mississippi: Why ‘Just Wait’ Just Doesn’t Work – 27 January 2010

Posted on February 4, 2010. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Obstetrics | Tags: , |

Sex Education in Mississippi:  Why ‘Just Wait’ Just Doesn’t Work.  A Comprehensive State Report by Planned Parenthood in Mississippi and SIECUS – 27 January 2010

“Washington, DC – Planned Parenthood in Mississippi and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released Sex Education in Mississippi: Why ‘Just Wait’ Just Doesn’t Work, which outlines the status of sex education and failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Mississippi.  The report found that young people in Mississippi are currently experiencing some of the worst sexual health outcomes in the country, and are also subjected to ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and restrictive laws that limit the ability of teachers and school districts to implement comprehensive sexuality education.”

…continues on the website

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BASHH Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections – British Association for Sexual Health and HIV – 21 January 2010

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

BASHH Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections – British Association for Sexual Health and HIV – 21 January 2010

“New Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are now available to support the commissioning and provision of high quality care for STIs across all settings.

With increasing numbers of primary and community healthcare providers playing a role, alongside GUM clinics, in the management of STIs, these standards bring together for the first time the key elements of best practice that people seeking help in relation to STIs are entitled to expect, whichever service they choose to attend. They provide a framework for monitoring performance which covers the core principles of STI care, staff training, clinical assessment and management, diagnostics, information governance, links to other services, clinical governance and the engagement of patients and the public. The effective management of STIs, as specified in the standards, will improve health outcomes for individuals, protect the broader public health and contain costs to the NHS.

Your guide to the Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a leaflet for service users outlining what the standards mean for them, is also available in pdf form to be printed out locally and displayed in clinics and other relevant venues. (It should be printed on A3, double-sided, and folded to create an A4 leaflet.) There is a web-friendly version of the leaflet for display online.

The standards were produced by the Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MedFASH) for and with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH).

The Department of Health, PCT commissioners and a range of other organisations were actively involved in the development of the standards and the leaflet. The standards are formally endorsed by the leading relevant professional bodies: the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Health Protection Agency, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Society of Sexual Health Advisers and the Genito-Urinary Nurses Association.”

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Moving forward: progress and priorities – working together for high quality sexual health: Government response to the Independent Advisory Group’s review of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy – UK – 21 July 2009

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Moving forward: progress and priorities – working together for high quality sexual health: Government response to the Independent Advisory Group’s review of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy

Document type:      Government response
Author:  UK  Department of Health
Published date:      21 July 2009
Pages:      52

“The Government published its response to the Independent Advisory Group’s review of the 2001 Sexual Health and HIV Strategy on 21 July 2009. The response outlines the progress made in improving sexual health since 2001 and responds to each of the national level recommendations put forward by the IAG.”

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Royal College of Nursing launches new sexual health skills framework – 22 June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , |

Royal College of Nursing launches new sexual health skills framework [press release] Published: 22 June 2009

Read Safer health competences (PDF 2.9KB)

“The RCN has launched new guidance to help sexual and reproductive health nurses provide safe and effective practice.

Safer health competences outlines the skills that UK sexual and reproductive health nurses from primary, secondary and community care settings need to develop to provide safe, effective and accountable care to patients. The framework is designed as a template that can be modified to suit local needs. It is intended to help managers and individual practitioners to review their strengths and identify gaps in their skills and abilities to determine specific training and development needs.   …

Accredited by the RCN Accreditation Unit, the document will be valid until November 2011.”

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