The survey was an outcome identified within the Research Excellence in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health (REACCH) collaboration between the Kirby Institute, University of NSW, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and five Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS): Younger staffs employed in the service were involved in the development and delivery of the project as a research capacity building component of the project.
Methodology A cross sectional survey, using a self-completed questionnaire was developed as part of the overall REACCH Project. The survey has been coordinated in a number of REACCH stakeholder ACCHOs, it was then reorientated toward the Victorian Aboriginal community by VAHS Staff in collaboration with members of the REACCH Study team.
Participants were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged 16–29 years. Potential participants were approached as they attended VAHS. The young peoples’ survey included fifty seven questions that were sectionalised on Demographic characteristics, General Health and Wellbeing, Knowledge of STIs/BBVs, Behaviour and Risks, and Health Service Utilisation.
Results 102 Young People participated in the survey. Overall there was good knowledge of STI/BBV with some gaps clearly identified. Eighty Seven young people identified as being of Aboriginal heritage, with two people being Torres Strait Islander, five people identified as both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and four participants identified as non-Indigenous.
Conclusion Overall there was excellent knowledge of STI/BBV and contraception and reported strategies for accessing health care and information. Specific gaps were identified that can inform future Health Promotion messages and clinical care. VAHS was considered to be an appropriate health service for a majority of these young people to discuss sexual and reproductive health care.
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