Sexual health in Indigenous communities

Christopher K Fairley and Jane S Hocking
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11448
Published online: 10 December 2012

Extreme rates of gonorrhoea in remote areas must be reduced

In this issue of the Journal, there are two important articles highlighting the disadvantages experienced by Indigenous Australians, and offering important practical suggestions for improving health care.1,2

  • School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

Christopher Fairley owns shares in an exchange-traded fund of the global health care sector.

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  • 14. Doxanakis A, Hayes RD, Chen MY, et al. Missing pelvic inflammatory disease? Substantial differences in the rate at which doctors diagnose PID. Sex Transm Infect 2008; 84: 518-23.


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