Department of Health

Programs and services for sexual health, viral hepatitis and HIV.

The department works in partnership with a range of organisations to provide sexual health and viral hepatitis programs and services relating to:

  • prevention and health promotion
  • supporting and strengthening community action
  • screening and diagnosis
  • clinical management and support
  • surveillance and research
  • workforce training and development.

Victorian partners and services

In Victoria, a variety of services are delivered across the hospital, community health and primary care systems for people affected by or at risk of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

Testing, treatment, care and support services

Alfred HealthExternal Link

Melbourne Sexual Health CentreExternal Link - specialises in the testing, treatment and management of sexually transmissible infections

Multicultural Health and Support ServiceExternal Link - supports refugee and migrant communities in the area of sexually transmissible infections

North Richmond Community Health LimitedExternal Link - provides services for marginalised and diverse communities

ProntoExternal Link - Community-based Rapid HIV Testing Service

Royal District Nursing ServiceExternal Link - HIV and AIDS care and support services

Royal Melbourne HospitalExternal Link - Victorian Infectious Diseases Services

Sexual Health VictoriaExternal Link - sexual health care, education and advocacy organisation

St Vincent's HospitalExternal Link - hepatitis treatment, education and liver clinic services

Victorian HIV Treatment Program

The Victorian HIV Treatment Program (the Program) provides access for people living with HIV without Medicare to antiretroviral therapy (ART). The program is exclusive to ART medicines used for the purpose of HIV treatment of the specified individual for the duration of their stay in Australia and while they are ineligible for Medicare.

This program replaces compassionate access schemes previously operated by pharmaceutical companies.

Advice, advocacy, peer and community-based support services

Gateway HealthExternal Link - provides health services to people at the greatest risk of poor health outcomes

Rainbow Health VictoriaExternal Link - Rainbow Health Australia is a program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual (LGBTIQA+) health and wellbeing.

SwitchboardExternal Link - provides free, confidential and anonymous telephone counselling, referral and information services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities

Haemophilia FoundationExternal Link - provides services and support to those living with haemophilia and related disorders

Harm Reduction VictoriaExternal Link - drug user peer support organisation

Hepatitis VictoriaExternal Link - works for people living with or at risk of viral hepatitis

Ilbijerri Theatre CompanyExternal Link - productions that raise awareness of key issues facing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Resourcing health and Education (RhED) ServiceExternal Link - a specialist service for the sex industry and sex workers in Victoria

Living Positive VictoriaExternal Link - community based organisation representing people living with HIV in Victoria

Positive Women VictoriaExternal Link - information and support for women living with HIV in Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Health ServiceExternal Link - provides health services focusing on the specific needs and requirements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Victorian AIDS Council (Gay Men's Health Centre)External Link - services that support the health and wellbeing of the Victorian HIV positive and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)External Link - provides health services focusing on the specific needs and requirements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Sexual health information and resources

For assistance with sexual health information, handouts, promotional materials, contact the relevant service agency

Education, research and professional development services

Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and SocietyExternal Link (ARCSHS) (Latrobe University)

Burnet InstituteExternal Link

Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual HealthExternal Link (CERSH) (The University of Melbourne)

Education Resource CentreExternal Link @ The Alfred

Melbourne HealthExternal Link - Doherty Institute - Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory

HIV, Hepatitis and STIExternal Link - Education and Resource Centre

VHHITAL - Victorian Blood Borne Viruses Training and Certification Program for General PractitionersExternal Link

Regional services

To find services in your area, go to the relevant community health directory.

The following areas provide related programs and services:

National services and agencies

National services and agencies for sexual health and viral hepatitis also provide services and programs:

Reviewed 07 December 2023


Contact details

Blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections Department of Health

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