Syphilis Outbreaks

Syphilis Outbreaks

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:50): Supplementary: what level of financial resources have been allocated, given the outbreak has now hit the capital city of Adelaide, to ensure that nimbleness is effective and able to be implemented with particular regard to peer education and prevention, not just testing?

The Hon. S.G. WADE (Minister for Health and Wellbeing) (14:50): I certainly take the member's point that education, awareness and so forth are very important preventive health measures. The government certainly concurs with that strategy. Of course, they are medium to long-term strategies and the public health response, at this stage, will be particularly in relation to the treatment side of the equation. In terms of the costs, I will make inquiries of my department, and in particular seek an assurance that if resources are needed to escalate the response in relation to recent developments, I am made aware of that.

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