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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 7 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2295..


a busy construction industry which has resulted in delays in materials including door frames.

It is anticipated that the works will be completed mid May, with the exception of the fire sprinkler installation. A construction program is currently being developed for the fire sprinkler installation.

Health—chlamydia

(Question No 333)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 March 2005:

(1) How many cases of Chlamydia have been reported in the ACT in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005 year to date;

(2) What specific education programs are being conducted by ACT Health to assist medical practitioners and the sexual health and family planning centres to educate clients about Chlamydia.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The number of chlamydia cases reported in the ACT1 are (a) 474, (b) 525, (c) 624 and (d) 200.

(2) The specific education programs being conducted by ACT Health to assist medical practitioners and the sexual health and family planning centres to educate clients about chlamydia are as follows:

In November 2002 ACT Health launched the "Life, Love, Laughter; they are all infectious... so is Chlamydia"awareness campaign that consisted of a poster, a brochure, postcards, fact sheets and a website2. These materials were distributed to sexual health services, general health services, tertiary education institutions and General Practitioners. The poster was also displayed in toilets in various locations across the ACT such as shopping centers, pubs and nightclubs and public toilets.

In 2004 ACT Health organised some additional chlamydia awareness campaigns by:

placing advertisements in The Canberra Times Men's and Women's health features (June 2004);

placing advertisements in The Chronicle for three weeks (July 2004); and

running a shop-a-docket campaign for all Coles and Woolworths supermarket dockets in the ACT, Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra for six weeks (August - October 2004).

ACT Health funds Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT and the AIDS Action Council of the ACT (AACACT). These organisations offer chlamydia testing, run awareness programs and provide their clients with information about chlamydia and other Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs).

The Canberra Sexual Health Centre (CSHC), located at The Canberra Hospital, also conducts chlamydia testing and provides information to clients about chlamydia and other STIs. In 2003 CSHC staff undertook the Sexual Health and Lifestyle Research


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