For each priority area, CERSH works towards the following key objectives:
- Support workforce (health, education, youth, local council, pharmacy) capacity to promote ‘respectful, safe sexual relationships and reproductive choices’.
- Support clinical workforce and interagency capacity to focus on and deliver STI/BBV prevention, testing, management and care to priority populations.
- Build knowledge dissemination strategies using information and communications technology to ensure rural workers access to resources.
Leadership, research, evaluation and knowledge sharing
- Provide rural and regional sexual health leadership through participation in Statewide, National and International collaborations.
- Provide consultation and advice to other rural regions aspiring to replicate successful CERSH initiatives.
- Research to understand the systems, stakeholders and contexts that play a role in contributing to the sexual health of rural Victorians, with particular focus on priority groups.
- Evaluate / review sexual health promotion strategies in rural Victoria.
- Provide systems that promote efforts to collect and share data, knowledge and resources in order to maximise collective impact.
Affordable reproductive health
- Continue partnership work with a range of organisations and practitioners, (both local and statewide), to improve:
- access to contraception and medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) services,
- quality of support (empathy, privacy, discretion) for women in Hume and Loddon Mallee regions
- Collaborate with statewide services and Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to provide locally based training for health practitioners, health and community workers.
- Provide practical follow up support and advocacy to establish local MTOP service models.
- Support the rural workforce to promote community awareness of MTOP availability.
Transition to the new National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)
- Support transition for rural health practitioners, including ACCHOs, in the Hume and Loddon Mallee regions to the renewed NCSP.
- Address the reduced opportunity for sexual health consultation, STI testing and treatment with the change from two yearly to five yearly cervical screening.
- Support workforce capacity to promote the NCSP and the ongoing importance of STI prevention and regular sexual health checkups.