The ACCESS project is a national health surveillance network of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs), which started in 2008. ACCESS was initially focused exclusively on chlamydia, but in 2013 expanded to encompass other STIs and BBVs as well. In 2016, ACCESS received funding from Australian Department of Health to improve coverage and capacity for monitoring HIV, Hepatitides B and C and STIs in every state and territory.
ACCESS collates de-identified data from over one hundred sexual health clinics, general practice clinics, hospitals, community health services and pathology laboratories across Australia. Data are automatically extracted from participating services using innovative health software, which means that after the initial setup very little maintenance is required from participating sites. Please see our participation information page or contact the recruitment coordinator for more details on getting involved with ACCESS.
No details that could identify an individual patient are ever extracted via ACCESS. In fact, ACCESS data are cleaned of identifying details like name and date of birth prior to transmission and all extracts are encrypted using industry-leading technology. Patient confidentiality and data security are our highest priorities. For more information, please see our FAQs.
Data collected via ACCESS are used to monitor BBVs and STIs across Australia and also for individual research projects, clinical audits and jurisdictional surveillance. If you are interested in publications that have made use of data from ACCESS, please see the Publications & Presentations page.