CERSH is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria through a service agreement with The University of Melbourne, to work across the Hume and Loddon Mallee regions.
The vision of the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) is that all rural Victorians have access to quality sexual health care, information and support that is tailored to their individual needs.
The purpose of the Centre is to design, implement and evaluate programs that provide practical solutions for the improvement of sexual health in both the Hume and Loddon Mallee regions.
In achieving this, the work program of the Centre and the evaluation of our activities, is based on the following priority areas:
- Rural Workforce
- Leadership, research, evaluation and knowledge sharing
- Affordable reproductive health
- Transition to the new National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)
The goals that CERSH is working towards, in line with other funded agencies in Victoria, are:
- Reduced incidence and prevalence of Sexually Transmissible Infections/ Blood Borne Viruses (STI/BBV)
- Increase in early detection and treatment of STI/BBV
- Increased best-practice sexual and reproductive health services
- Increased access to affordable contraception and termination of pregnancy services
- High levels of participation in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)
The CERSH team work from offices in Parkville, Shepparton, Bendigo and Wangaratta.