The Syphilis Point-of-Care Testing Program and the Flinders University International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait.
We respect all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - their customs and their beliefs. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, with particular acknowledgment to the Kaurna people, the Traditional Custodians of the Adelaide region, on which our offices are located.
The Syphilis Point-of-Care (POC) Testing Program was developed in response to the ongoing outbreak of infectious syphilis affecting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, predominately aged between 15 and 29 years.
The use of POC testing and a ‘test and treat’ model reduces time to treatment initiation and contact tracing, minimises individuals lost to follow-up and provides access to testing for those unwilling or unable to have venepuncture performed.
The Determine™ Syphilis TP test is currently the only syphilis POC test registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia and has been selected for use in this program. This test requires only a small drop of blood and provides a result in just 15 minutes.
Above: The 2021 Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Worker Sexual Health Workshop attendees at the Michael Long Learning Centre in Darwin, 18-19 February 2021.