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dc.contributor.authorPhillips, TR
dc.contributor.authorFairley, CK
dc.contributor.authorDonovan, B
dc.contributor.authorOng, JJ
dc.contributor.authorMcNulty, A
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, L
dc.contributor.authorTempleton, DJ
dc.contributor.authorOwen, L
dc.contributor.authorWard, A
dc.contributor.authorGunathilake, M
dc.contributor.authorRussell, D
dc.contributor.authorLangton-Lockton, J
dc.contributor.authorBourne, C
dc.contributor.authorMartin, S
dc.contributor.authorChow, EPF
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-25T03:32:56Z
dc.date.available2021-10-25T03:32:56Z
dc.date.issued2021-09-02
dc.identifier.citationPhillips, T. R., Fairley, C. K., Donovan, B., Ong, J. J., McNulty, A., Marshall, L., Templeton, D. J., Owen, L., Ward, A., Gunathilake, M., Russell, D., Langton-Lockton, J., Bourne, C., Martin, S. & Chow, E. P. F. (2021). Sexual health service adaptations to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Australia: a nationwide online survey. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 45 (6), pp.622-627. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.13158.
dc.identifier.issn1326-0200
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/289630
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: Examine the changes in service delivery Australian public sexual health clinics made to remain open during lockdown. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey designed and delivered on Qualtrics was emailed to 21 directors of public sexual health clinics across Australia from July-August 2020 and asked about a variety of changes to service delivery. Descriptive statistics were calculated. RESULTS: Twenty clinics participated, all remained open and reported service changes, including suspension of walk-in services in eight clinics. Some clinics stopped offering asymptomatic screening for varying patient populations. Most clinics transitioned to a mix of telehealth and face-to-face consultations. Nineteen clinics reported delays in testing and 13 reported limitations in testing. Most clinics changed to phone consultations for HIV medication refills (n=15) and eleven clinics prescribed longer repeat prescriptions. Fourteen clinics had staff redeployed to assist the COVID-19 response. CONCLUSION: Public sexual health clinics pivoted service delivery to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in clinical settings, managed staffing reductions and delays in molecular testing, and maintained a focus on urgent and symptomatic STI presentations and those at higher risk of HIV/STI acquisition. Implications for public health: Further research is warranted to understand what impact reduced asymptomatic screening may have had on community STI transmission.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherWILEY
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
dc.titleSexual health service adaptations to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Australia: a nationwide online survey
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1753-6405.13158
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMedical Education
melbourne.affiliation.departmentObstetrics and Gynaecology
melbourne.affiliation.facultyMedicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
melbourne.source.titleAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
melbourne.source.volume45
melbourne.source.issue6
melbourne.source.pages622-627
dc.rights.licenseCC BY-NC-ND
melbourne.elementsid1592623
melbourne.contributor.authorOng, Jason
melbourne.contributor.authorSabin, Louise
melbourne.contributor.authorRussell, Darren
melbourne.contributor.authorChow, Eric
dc.identifier.eissn1753-6405
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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