The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) is proud to announce the launch of its new eLearning module, Syphilis in Remote Australian Communities.

RAHC eLearning modules provide free, quality and easy-to-access education on health issues prevalent in the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health context. These modules are available to all Health Professionals (HPs) and anyone interested in remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. HPs considering a placement with RAHC are particularly encouraged to complete them. 

Since 2013, there have been 1515 cases of syphilis in the Northern Territory (NT). Due to the continued increase in cases, it has been classified as an epidemic. 

In collaboration with the Northern Territory Government and the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Unit, this module was designed to provide culturally appropriate education and support to HPs working in remote communities. As an eLearning course, this information is accessible to those in some of the most remote areas of Australia. Meaning, it is another step towards closing the gap in remote educational disadvantage.

This eLearning module discusses:

  • the cause of syphilis
  • the transmission of syphilis
  • the stages and symptoms of syphilis 
  • testing and treating syphilis
  • the syphilis register and how to use it
  • contact tracing.

The Syphilis in Remote Australian Communities module takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

RAHC would like to thank our course designers and reviewers for their valuable contribution to the module.

To access the module, please click here.