Working with Indigenous Populations on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses: An Evidence Review from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada


July 2018 – April 2019.

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Shoshana Rosenberg (SiREN), Dr Roanna Lobo (SiREN), Dr Jonathan Hallett.

Brief overview

This scoping review will explore evidence relating to sexual health and blood-borne viruses amongst Aboriginal populations from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. The purpose of this project is to develop an evidence base in this field to inform the development of the WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2019-2022. It has been identified that there is currently a shortage of available and relevant information in this area.

The review will look at all components of the strategy including:

  • Prevention and education
  • Testing and diagnosis
  • Disease management and clinical care
  • Workforce development
  • Enabling environments
  • Research, evaluation and surveillance.

The review will include both peer reviewed literature and grey literature. In addition key informant interviews will be conducted with key stakeholders in research, government and non-government organisations (NGOs), both in WA and inter-state, to ensure all relevant grey literature is included in the study.


This research is supported by funding from the Western Australian Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program.

SiREN’s role

SiREN has been contracted to carry out this review.

Project outputs and impacts

This project will assemble and coordinate an advisory group consisting of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers and stakeholders, carry out the scoping review and develop knowledge translation materials. The knowledge translation materials will include: checklists for evidence-informed practice for clinicians, researchers and public health practitioners; knowledge summaries of key findings; an open access repository of relevant evidence on the SiREN website; and sharing findings with stakeholders and at relevant conferences and events.

The findings of this review will be used to inform the development of the WA Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategy 2019-2022 resulting in evidence-informed policy and practice and improved SHBBV outcomes for Aboriginal populations.

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Email SiREN or phone on 08 9266 7819.