August 2016 Update

CERSH News and Events

Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria Sexual Health Network Meeting  The Local Picture: Overview of HIV and Hepatitis C and local health care pathways

When: Wed. 24 August 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Where: Department of Education and Training, 150 Bridge Street, East Benalla.

What: The meeting will be facilitated by local health practitioners Suzanne Wallis (GV Health), Chris Biesiekierski (GV Health), and Lauren Coelli (Gateway Health). Representatives from state-wide services will also attend and present. The format will incorporate scenario based presentations, information about new treatment options and the local service systems.

RSVP: Email by Mon. 22 August and note any dietary requests or access issues.

Wodonga Community of Practice Building Ethical Relationships Together (BERT)

When: Thurs. 25 August 2016, 10am -1pm

Where: Gateway Health, Wodonga

What: The workshop topic is ‘Care of Self as a Professional: Practical Strategies and Tools’. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP: Is essential. Please email by Tues. 23 August and note any dietary requirements or access issues.

Central Victorian Sexual Health Network Meeting

When: Thurs. 8 September 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Where: Business Building, Flora Hill Campus La Trobe University, Bendigo

What: Guest Presenter is Jenny Walsh, author of  the NEW national resource The Practical Guide To Love Sex and Relationships for Years 7-10, and Catching on Early Teaching and Learning activities for Years 1-6. Jenny will facilitate a practical workshop to support contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings and adaption for one-to-one clinical  settings. Time is also allocated for network participants to present local information about their programs and initiatives. Also on the agenda is the Loddon Mallee BBV/STI program update of the current directions. Presented by Louise Holland (Bendigo Community Health Services) and Harry McAnulty (Victorian AIDS Council).

RSVP: Email by Tues. 6 September and note any dietary requests or access issues.

CERSH Welcomes New Staff

A big welcome to our newest CERSH staff members!

Jenny O’Connor, Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officer, Wangaratta.

Bree Attwood, Communications and Administration Officer, Wangaratta.

Upcoming Training and Events


When: 14-18 November 2016

Where: Adelaide What: See the Program here

Registration: Register here – early bird closes 11 September

Support for people living with HIV

Albury/Wodonga Area – Support for people with HIV in the Wodonga/Albury area. Social and informative. For more info about the group and dates for upcoming events contact Robert at

Loddon Mallee Area – Living Positive Victoria in partnership with VACountry hold monthly meetings at the VACountry Community Hub in Bendigo. Next Meeting is Wednesday 17 August. For more info: Contact Vic Perri on 03 9863 8733

Resources and Opportunities

Transmission – Education Resource

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A new sexuality education resource that focuses on sexual wellbeing and preventing HIV and STI transmission. Created to support health educators delivering sexual health education in schools. The film and activities are designed to engage young people in discussions about their sexual wellbeing.

Sexual Health Educational Support Grants

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Sexual Health Society of Victoria (SHSOV) offers grants of up to $1500 to allow applicants to undertake a professional educational activity in the field of sexual health medicine or an allied discipline. They are open to anyone living and/or working in Victoria with a professional or other interest in a sexual health or a related field. Current round closes 31 August 2016. More information and to apply go here.

Sexual Health News

Victorian Government Releases Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Strategies

The Victorian Government has launched two strategies to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. The vision is to see people with hepatitis, clinicians, researchers, community and peer workers come together to achieve ambitious targets and end new transmissions and unnecessary deaths from Hep B and C. Download the strategies and other resources here.

Olympics sets new record

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The IOC has provided a record 450,000 condoms for the 10,500 athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. For the first time female condoms have also been supplied.

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