The National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2005-2008: Revitalising Australia’s Response

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2005-2008 has identified five priority areas for action to be addressed over the life of the Strategy: development of a targeted prevention education and health promotion program for HIV; improving the health of people living with HIV/AIDS; developing an effective response to the changing care and support needs of people living with HIV/AIDS; a review of the National HIV Testing Policy; and the provision of a clearer direction for HIV/AIDS research.

Page last updated: 17 June 2005


The National HIV/AIDS Strategy sits within a communicable diseases framework alongside other complementary Strategies, most notably the National Hepatitis C Strategy 2005-2008, the National Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) Strategy 2005-2008, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Strategy 2005-2008. These four strategies have the common goal of preventing and reducing the transmission of infectious diseases and improving treatment, care and support for those affected.

The Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis (MACASHH) and its three subcommittees oversee the implementation process of the Strategies. Other groups, including State and Territory Governments and community based organisations are central to the successful implementation of the Strategies.

The goal of the fifth National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to reduce HIV transmission and to minimise the personal and social impacts of HIV/AIDS infection. Objectives of the Strategy include:

  • To reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS infections nationally, through health promotion, harm minimisation, education and improved awareness of transmission and trends in infection.
  • To improve the overall health and wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS in Australia through equitable access to treatments and improved continuum of care in health and human services.
  • To reduce HIV-related discrimination that impacts upon people living with HIV/AIDS and affected communities in Australia.
  • To develop and strengthen links with other related national initiatives.

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