National Syphilis Action Plan

Published online: 
26 June 2019
National Syphilis Action Plan.


Syphilis has been increasing in New Zealand every year since 2012. We are now also seeing cases of congenital syphilis in New Zealand - a condition that was very rare previously. The Ministry has developed a national syphilis action plan (the action plan) to guide a systematic and coordinated health sector response to stop the increase in syphilis.

The action plan was developed in consultation with the wider sexual health community and takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the increase in syphilis, focussing on both prevention and treatment. Four priority areas have been identified:

  • prevention and health promotion
  • testing and management
  • antenatal care
  • surveillance and monitoring.

Each priority area has a number of actions to be delivered at either a national or regional level within a short-, medium- or long-term timeframe.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    26 June 2019
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-856876-8 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2019. National Syphilis Action Plan: An action plan to stop the syphilis epidemic in New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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