Sexual health services are key to this program. Engaging sexual health services should begin as early as possible in the planning stages. The National Strategy on sexually transmissible infections notes Aboriginal people as a key priority population and sexual health services as key partners in addressing the needs of this population.
Sexual health services may be organised differently to Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP) and will need time to prepare for a different way of working which will include ‘drop in’ rather than scheduled appointments on Deadly Liver Mob program days, and groups of clients attending together.
Developing partnerships between relevant services (NSP, sexual health, liver clinic, Aboriginal health etc.) should occur very early in the program planning phase.