Central Victoria

Listed below are details of upcoming network events as well as summaries of past meetings and events.

Upcoming Network Meetings

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Time: 10am – 3pm

Where: LaTrobe University, Flora Hill Campus, Bendigo

Topic: Working with young people 16 years and under

Guest Presenter: Facilitated by Dr Siobhan Bourke, Sexual Health Physician & Senior Lecturer, CERSH, Department of Rural Health, The University of Melbourne. Siobhan will provide some of the foundation knowledge about working in the sexual health sector with young people. She will also discuss consent, legal issues, rights and responsibilities from the perspective of the worker and the young person.

Dr Bourke’s session will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from key organisations that work with young people – including Child Protection, HeadSpace, police and more to come.

After lunch there will be time for local updates, discussion, a review of the day’s learnings.

RSVP: By emailing cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au 

2016 Network Meetings

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Topic: Multicultural Populations: A practical look at the provision of inclusive services

Guest Presenters: Louise Holland, Bendigo Community Health Services & Harry McAnulty, Victorian AIDS Council; Kylie Stephens, CERSH; Noemi Cummings, Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services; Kaye Graves, Senior Manager Prevention and Population Health; Peter Strange, Nurse Practitioner (Men’s Health), Bendigo Community Health Services; Caitlin Lewis, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee; Dr Amita Tuteja, University of Melbourne; Dr Marietta Taylor, Senior Dentist, Community Dental Service, Bendigo Health

Summary: Discussed the current context for local services for the provision of inclusive practices in multicultural setting. Explored practical approaches, best practice and resources to providing culturally sensitive sexual health services to migrant and refugee populations.

Thursday 8 September 2016

Topic: Contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings: a practical workshop

Guest Presenters: Jenny Walsh, author of national resources, The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for years 7-10 and Catching on Early for years 1-6.

Summary: Jenny facilitated a practical workshop that supports contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings and adaptation for one-to-one clinical settings. Attendees also heard an update from the Loddon Mallee HIV/BBV program advisory group and a CERSH presentation on the #YOLOLiveWell campaign. There was also great discussion and information sharing amongst local workers and time spent addressing local challenges and initiatives.

Resources: More about Jenny and her work – www.justjennywalsh.com – Jenny has also provided the following links to key resources:

Primary education

Catching on early: sexuality education for Victorian primary schools


Building Resilience Social and Emotional Learning Materials

Secondary Education

The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for Years 7-10

Indigenous research and resources

Aboriginal specific teaching resources.

Smart and deadly: sexual health promotion for Aboriginal young people: a resource for rural health workers to support culturally inclusive practice [DVD] (2012)


The GOANNA study

Implementing sexuality education (or ‘how to get it happening in schools”)

Catching on Everywhere: Sexuality Education Program Development for Victorian Schools.

Parent resources

Raising Children Network

Talk Soon Talk Often – A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex  (PDF).

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Topic: The Local Picture: HIV and Hepatitis C updates and local health care pathways

Guest Presenters: The Victorian AIDS Council, Hepatitis Victoria, Bendigo Community Health Services, Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women.

Summary:  This meeting provided an overview of HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, transmission and updates on new treatments. The meeting also included an overview of the Loddon Mallee BBV STI program. As always the meeting provided an opportunity to link in with relevant state-wide services, discuss referral pathways, and network with other local service providers.