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SiREN is the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network. SiREN is a partnership between researchers, service providers and policymakers working to strengthen evidence-informed policy and practice in Western Australia.
SiREN aims to:
- Strengthen the research, evaluation and health promotion skills of people working to promote sexual health or prevent or manage blood-borne viruses.
- Promote and facilitate opportunities for collaboration between sexual health and blood-borne virus service providers, policymakers and researchers; and
- Foster links with national sexual health and blood-borne virus research centres and contribute to appropriate national research agendas in order to raise the profile of SHBBV concerns affecting WA.
SiREN is supported by the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) within the Department of Health, Western Australia.
The SiREN project was established in 2012 and is overseen by a tiered governance structure to increase the potential for research and evaluation, knowledge dissemination, participation and cross- sector collaboration. The governance structure comprises the following groups:
- Management Team – strategic/operational role
- Project Steering Group – strategic role
- Interest Group – specialist role
- SiREN Network – service user role