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Project (SHLiRP) that involved testing ACT college students for STIs (including chlamydia) and blood borne viruses and providing sexual health education. SHLiRP was a successful pilot project that was well received by the college students. CSHC hopes that this project may become a fully funded program suitable for annual repetition in all ACT colleges.

Another ACT project that commenced in June 2002, through a formal partnership between CSHC, the AACACT and the ACT Division of General Practice is the PACT Project (Partnership Approach to Comprehensive Testing). Initially known as STRIP (Sexual health, Testing, Referral, and Information Project), the project involved testing homosexually active men for blood borne viruses and STIs (including chlamydia) and providing sexual health education in non-clinical outreach settings such as sex-on-premises venues. The model has proved highly successful and, through the PACT Project, is now offered in a range of outreach settings, targeting sex workers and young people at risk. A major contributing factor to the success of the project is the involvement of a sexual health nurse practitioner. The PACT project was presented in 2003 at the 15th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine.

In 2003 Professor Frank Bowden, the Director of CSHC and Professor of Medicine at the ANU Medical School, together with other researchers from the ANU commenced a three year research project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council to compare the feasibility and cost effectiveness of two different testing regimes for chlamydia in women aged 16-39 in the general practice setting.

1 Notification data provided by ACT Health’s Communicable Disease Control unit

2 ACT Health chlamydia website -

Sport scholarships
(Question No 345)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 5 April 2005:

(1) In relation to the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS), did the 2003-04 budget papers list that the target for ACTAS athletes on scholarships for 2003-04 was 275 but the actual result in the 2003-04 annual report was 256, a variance of 7 per cent; if so, was there any shortfall in funding in the 2003-04 funding year which did not permit the target of scholarships to be met; if so, what was the shortfall;

(2) Is the target in the 2004-05 budget papers for the number of ACTAS scholarships to be offered in the current financial year 265;

(3) If so, how many athletes are currently on scholarship;

(4) Will the Government meet the target of 265 for the current financial year; if not, why not;

(5) If the target of 265 is not reached, is there enough money to offer the scholarships to achieve the target;

(6) Is the Government currently working on offering those scholarships or have they been pushed to the side;

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