Overview

The current suite of HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Viral Hepatitis strategies and plan that guide Victoria’s response to blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections (BBV/STI) expires at the end of 2020.

These strategies have played a vital role in focusing actions to reduce rates of BBV/STI transmission in the community, increasing treatment access and uptake, ensuring people have the care they require and addressing stigma and discrimination associated with different viruses and risk practices.

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is developing the next Victorian BBV/STI response for 2021-2025.

We need your insights, advice and guidance on what are the key actions we need to implement in partnership to reduce the impact of BBV/STI and related stigma and discrimination on priority populations in Victoria.

In addition, recognising the government's commitment to improving the health, wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal Victorians, the department is developing Victoria’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander BBV/STI response.

The overview paper, available below, sets the scene for the consultation process, the policy and legislative environment and issues to consider due to the impact of COVID-19. The five consultation papers, one for each policy area (HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, STI and Aboriginal BBV/STI), outline drivers, achievements, opportunities and reform actions to consider when providing your feedback on what we need to do next.

Overview for the consultation process

Renewal of the Victorian HIV, sexually transmissible infections and viral hepatitis response for 2021–2025
Overview paper
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How can you participate

We are asking Victorians to have their say in the development of Victoria's next BBV/STI response for 2021-25 by:

  • responding to the questions on the HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, STI and Aboriginal Victorian pages
  • responding to the checkbox survey for the strategy/plan priority actions on the HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and STI pages
  • uploading a submission, which can be done on any page.

You are not required to do all of the activities above: choose those most relevant to you.

Privacy Collection Notice

Participation in this consultation is voluntary. The Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The Department collects and handles the information you provide in this consultation to inform the development of the HIV, Sexual Health and Viral Hepatitis response (2021-2025). The consultation does not ask you to provide any personally identifying information and you are asked not to include such information in your answers. When you make your submission, you can choose to provide your role/occupation and, if answering on behalf of an organisation, the name of that organisation (but you do not need to provide this information, your answer may be entirely anonymous).The Department may use these details to ensure the response is informed by a wide variety of views and experiences. Individual responses will not be published.

All submissions may be subject to Freedom of Information and other laws. For more information on the Department’s privacy collection practices, please refer to the Department’s privacy policy or visit our website on https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/publications/privacy-policy.

As this is an anonymous consultation you will not be able to view your responses once they have been submitted.

The Team conducting the consultation can be contacted by emailing BBVSTI.Information@dhhs.vic.gov.au or you may contact the Department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing privacy@dhhs.vic.gov.au.