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ACCESS: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Sexually Transmissible Infections and Blood Borne Viruses

ACCESS is a national sentinel surveillance network of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs), which started in 2008. ACCESS was initially focused exclusively on chlamydia, but in 2013 expanded to encompass other STIs and BBVs.

In 2016, ACCESS received funding from the Australian Department of Health to improve coverage and capacity for monitoring testing, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV, Hepatitis B and C and STIs in every state and territory. Our success in this endeavour relies on meaningful collaborations with participating sites.

ACCESS collates de-identified data from more than 100 sexual health clinics, general practices, hospitals, community health services and pathology laboratories across Australia. Data are automatically extracted from participating services using an innovative health software called GRHANITE, which means that after the initial setup very little maintenance is required from participating sites. No details that could identify an individual patient are ever extracted and all extracts are encrypted using industry-leading integrity and data security technology. Patient confidentiality and data security are our highest priorities. Data collected via ACCESS are used to monitor STIs and BBVs across Australia and also for individual research projects, clinical audits, and jurisdictional surveillance.

We are also committed to giving back to our community of partners, by providing participating sites with regular data reports to help improve systems and processes and to enable their own research endeavours.

2007, with funding to 2026

For more information, publications, reports, and data visualisations, visit the ACCESS Project Website.

How is the system useful for sentinel sites?
ACCESS provides site specific reports that describe how many individuals were tested, the characteristics of these individuals and the proportion who test positive. This information has enhanced the capacity of sites to observe local STI and BBV trends in priority populations.

How is the system useful for state/territory health departments?
ACCESS contributes to national and state specific site reports by describing how many individuals were tested, the characteristics of these individuals and the proportion who test positive. This information has enhanced the jurisdictions' ability to interpret surveillance trends of BBVs and STIs. 

Jason Asselin

Jason Asselin

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  • ACCESS receives core funding from the Australian Department of Health with the aim to monitor Australia’s progress in the control of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. In addition, the governments of New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory provide funding for state level outcomes. Funding for particular outcomes is also provided by the Blood Borne Virus & STI Research, Intervention and Strategic Evaluation Program (BRISE), an NHMRC Project Grant (APP1082336), a NHMRC Partnership Grant (GNT1092852), and the Prevention Research Support Program, funded by the New South Wales Ministry of Health.

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  • ACCESS is led by sexual health clinicians and researchers at Burnet Institute, the Kirby Institute, and the National Reference Laboratory, with support from more than 120 participating sites across the country and the GRHANITE team at the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre.