HIV/AIDS and Related Programs (HARP) Unit
The HIV/AIDS and Related Programs (HARP) Unit sits within the Directorate of
Planning, Population Health and Equity. The HARP Unit delivers and coordinates
population based HIV and sexual health promotion and hepatitis and harm
minimisation services to the local community in South Eastern Sydney Local
Health District (SESLHD) and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).
The HARP Unit plays a pivotal role in supporting care coordination and the integration of HIV and sexual health and viral hepatitis services and programs across the geographical areas of SESLHD, ISLHD and St Vincent’s Health Network (Darlinghurst). These services and programs, which provide the full spectrum of care encompassing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care, are delivered from multiple sites and settings such as in the community and on hospital campuses.
The Unit’s Informatics and Service Development Team provide health intelligence to identify and address emerging health needs, to report on services’ activity, performance and activity based funding requirements. The Unit also fosters partnerships with non-government, community based and other government organisations, GPs, Medicare Locals and other key agencies to improve health outcomes among priority populations and administers a number of statewide services.
The HARP services are leaders in the field of research & clinical excellence.
These services include:
• Nowra Sexual Health Clinic
• Port Kembla Sexual Health Clinic
• Prince of Wales HIV Ambulatory Care Service
• St George HIV Ambulatory Care Service
The statewide services that the HARP Unit auspice include:
• Blood Borne Virus Panel
• Public Health Risk Panel
The HARP Unit is a service provider in the key areas of