February 2016
Sexual and Reproductive Health Newsletter

Welcome to the new year from WHG!

We are looking forward to another busy year working to improve the sexual and reproductive health information and services available for women in the Grampians region, and supporting our local health service providers and professionals in this space.  
This edition of the newsletter has many events and opportunities for training in the Grampians region and more broadly.
Please contact the team at WHG if you would like your event included in our newsletters.

Termination of Pregnancy and Contraception Information Sessions


2016 Grampians

In 2016 Family Planning Victoria, in partnership with local service providers, will offer a range of professional development activities at no cost to primary healthcare providers in the Grampians Health Region.

To register, please complete this form and email, fax 03 9257 0111 or post to CEU Coordinator - Family Planning Victoria, PO Box 1377, Box Hill 3128. For further information, please call (03) 9257 0129


Information regarding nurse scholarships from FPV focusing effort

In 2016 Family Planning Victoria is pleased to be offering a single round of education opportunities for health professionals working within Local Government Areas where the populations are most at need of reproductive and sexual health care. In the Grampians region we will be offering education sessions and clinical training and scholarships.
FPV and Western Victoria Primary Health Network are seeking applications for the following scholarships
  • Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) (April 18-22 2016)
  • Cervical Screening (Pap Test) and Introduction to Sexual Health (Nursing) course (either 29 Feb-3 March 2016 or 6-9 June 2016, with subsequent clinical placements in the following 6 months)
  • HIV and hepatitis C test advisor course (May 9-10 2016, with 20 hours online learning and assessment prior) for health and allied professionals. 2 scholarships available for this course.
Applications for scholarships that cover the cost of the course can be made by sending a letter addressing the below criteria, along with your CV, to
The following criteria will be considered in awarding scholarships. Please note – applicants are not required to meet all criteria
  • Rural/remote work
  • Working in Aboriginal Health Services
  • Working with CALD/refugee communities
  • High adolescent pregnancy rates
  • Areas that have high STI/BBV rates
  • Working with diverse communities
  • Work at least 2 days per week in clinical setting within relevant postcode area
  • Supervise others eg: GP supervisor, nurse preceptor
  • Willingness to educate others in their area/clinic
  • Work with young people
  • Strong interest in reproductive and sexual health
  • For nurses, evidence of professional development undertaken in related areas

FPV Doctor's Scholarship 

Congratulations to local GP  Dr. Amy Litras from Ballarat Sexual Health Clinic, Ballarat Community Health Centre, who was awarded Family Planning Victoria’s 2016 Doctors scholarship for the FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health for Doctors. 


Education & Training Program for February to June 2016

Education and Resource Centre (ERC) are pleased to release the Education & Training Program for February to June 2016

Please see below for upcoming sessions:

Sex Ed by P.r.n? Surely We Can Do Better

A series of workshops facilitated by Maree Crabbe
Hosted by Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health

Why you should attend:The training will assist participants to develop their understanding of pornography and its influence, and the frameworks and confidence to address the issues with young people.
Over the past decade or so, pornography has become both more mainstream and more hardcore. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to p.r.n. Consumption – particularly for young men – has become normalised.  And the ways young people understand and experience gender and sex are being influenced by what they – or their partners or peers – observe in p.r.n, with serious implications for their capacity to negotiate free and full consent, for mutual respect, for sexual health, and for gender equality. 

For more information visit:

This workshop will also support teachers and others to be prepared to implement the respectful relationship revamp announced recently by the Victorian Government. Year 10 students will get detailed lessons on sexualisation and sexual imagery under a broader push by the Victorian Government to teach young people about respectful relationships. The new unit will be introduced into the classroom in 2016. An article from The Age can be found here.

Who should attend?The training is suitable for teachers, youth workers, nurses, psychologists and others involved in education, health promotion, violence prevention, support or counselling with young people, or in policy development in related areas.

About Maree Crabbe:Maree Crabbe coordinates the community education project Reality & Risk: P.r.n, young people and sexuality. She is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary film Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, and author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – in the community sector for over 20 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity and prevention of sexually transmissible infections. Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media.
16th March 2016
La Trobe Clinical Teaching Building

17th March 2016
Community Hub

All workshops
9.30 am - 3.30 pm
Lunch Provided
Bookings Essential

Please let us know about 
any dietary or access requirements 

The Loddon Mallee Sexual Health Forum
The Forum will be an interactive day facilitated by comedian Nelly Thomas and will provide an opportunity to learn about emerging themes in sexual health and showcase examples of best –practice in sexual health from the across the region.  The day will also provide a forum to workshop, discuss and develop shared goals for sexual health recognising the multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches required to fully address sexual health issues.  
Participants are also invited to express interest in presenting a brief presentation or poster about your work in the Loddon Mallee region please contact CERSH by email or by phone 54447071.
The Loddon Mallee Sexual Health Forum is a free, catered full day event.


Wednesday 2nd March 2016


La Trobe Rural Health School
Clinical Teaching Building,
109 Arnold St, Bendigo 3550


RSVP by Monday 22nd February 2016 please specify any catering and access requirements



National Condom Day February 14

National Condom Day is on February 14, Valentine’s Day, an ideal opportunity to promote healthy and safe relationships, and remind people about the risks of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. National Condom Day is a timely reminder for people to always use condoms during sexual activity to protect themselves and their partner/s. Results from the National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health (2013) suggest that people are more likely to use condoms if they are available during a sexual encounter; but there are still many occasions where people are engaging in sexual risk taking behaviour. The aim of National Condom Day is to get more people comfortable with buying, carrying, talking about and hopefully using condoms during sexual activity.


The Sexy Times

It can be tricky sometimes to get young people to talk about their sexual health, sexuality and relationships. This can be even more difficult for some young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds as taboo and stigma can get in the way of open discussion. 

The Youth Ambassador program (run by The Multicultural Health and Support Service) aims to bring young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds together to educate them on these issues as well as provide a creative outlet for expression.
This year, the Youth Ambassador program ran the ‘Zine’ project.  
The aim of the project was for young people to collaboratively create a zine that reflected issues which were important to them. This included messages around positive body image, fighting gender-based violence, and prevention of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections… and much more.
The zine that emerged from this creative process was named The Sexy Times. The creation of the zine was self-directed and edited by the young people, and produced specifically for young people.  
‘Young people’s voices are so rich and full of fresh perspectives. It was great to see this come out in the zine’ said Hope Mathumbu, coordinator of the Youth Ambassadors program.
The Sexy Times was launched to the community on Friday 4 December at North Richmond Community Health. Four contributors sat on a discussion panel where they recalled the process of creating the zine.
The Sexy Times will be distributed among youth networks to spread these health promotion messages to young people.
Download The Sexy Times here

The contents of the Zine are very thorough and not only provides great information in an accessible way but includes some very interesting art!
The contents of the Zine are as follows:

Sexy (Poem)
Sexual Identities
6 Tips for Navigating Intercultural Relationships
this is what coming out looks like
The genderbread person
First times
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Blood-Borne Viruses
HIV transmission
Sex, young people & the law
Fighting gender-based violence
How to support a friend
Body image personal narrative
Sexual health services in Melbourne
LGBTIQ health & medical services
Regional sexual health clinics
Domestic violence support & information
Get tested!
Multicultural Health Services

For more information about our Youth Ambassador's Program or to learn more about The Sexy Times please contact Hope Mathumbu on 


New edition of Contraception: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook 

Co-authored by medical experts from Australian family planning organisations, this handbook 
provides current, evidence based, best practice recommendations for contraceptive delivery in Australia.
Sexual Health &Family Planning Australia $60.00 + $8 postage

YEAH Peer Education Hub Tools

The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to refocus and realign goals.
YEAH's firm goal is to provide the knowledge, tools and support to empower young people to take control of their sexual
As sexual health professionals and educators, you are integral to achieving that goal.
To kick-start a new year of sexual health education YEAH have shared some of their favorite peer education tools.

1. Porn World Versus Real World
2. Gender Box Activity
3. Consent Traffic Light

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 6th February 2016

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons - , and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

Although primarily concentrated in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, FGM is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America. FGM continues to persist amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
For more information see the UN website


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