For many years contact tracing - or partner notification - has been a cornerstone in the management of patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and tuberculosis and is considered an essential component in the control of these infections.
Recent Australian research suggests that both health care providers and patients diagnosed with STIs would like more guidance and resources to assist them with partner notification. This latest edition of the Australasian Contact Tracing Manual aims to provide this practical support and guidance and to enhance the effectiveness of partner notification.
To improve useability, the 4th edition has been designed in searchable web-based format in addition to the well received hard copy handbook. This new edition has been substantially revised and updated and reflects the newer methods of communication utilised in contacting partners such as email, text messaging and the internet.
Whilst the publication is targeted at health care providers involved in the testing and management of people with STIs, viral hepatitis and HIV-related tuberculosis, it includes a range of patient handouts and resources to support the notification of partners.
Many organisations and individuals have contributed to the production of this new edition as well as previous revisions. We would like to extend our gratitude to the numerous writers, reviewers and members of the expert reference group who contributed generously to the production of this resource despite busy work loads.
Funding for this project was provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
Marcus Chen 2010