December 2016 Update

christmas-ball-iconThe CERSH team – Jane, Kylie, Alana, Siobhan, Nina, Giselle, Andrea, Amie, Jenny and Bree – wish you a happy and restful Christmas and New Year and thank you to all individuals, communities and organisations who have worked with us in 2016. We look forward to continuing the good work in 2017.

News from CERSH

Sexual Health Networks Update

The Goulburn Valley & Northeast and Central Victoria networks have held their last meetings for 2016.

The GV & NE Network meeting was held in Benalla on 30 November. The meeting theme was ‘What’s new in sexual health?’ Attendees heard updates from the recent national sexual health conference, as well as presenters from Rumbalara Aboriginal Health Promotion team, Diversity Group Shepparton and Way Out Wodonga and some great opportunities for local updates and networking.

The Central Victoria Network meeting was held in Bendigo on 6 December. The meeting focused on a practical look at providing inclusive services for multicultural populations. The meeting explored practical approaches, best practice and resources to providing culturally sensitive sexual health services to migrant and refugee populations.

For more information on the Sexual Health Networks across Victoria visit the CERSH website.


weneedyouhandsHelp Evaluate CERSH Events and Win!

Have you attended any 2016 network meetings or professional development events coordinated by CERSH? Your feedback would be appreciated. It will assist CERSH to evaluate the effectiveness and relevance of the events and shape the content and format for 2017.

All those who complete the 10 minute survey have the opportunity to go in the draw to win FREE registration to the SEXrurality Conference to be held in August 2017

Click here to complete the survey.

sexrurality-homepage2017 SEXrurality Conference

CERSH are in planning stages for the 2017 SEXrurality conference. The conference will be held in early August 2017 at a central Victorian location.

Keep an eye on the website as details will be released early in the new year. 


BERT Logo Banner - narrowBERT Wodonga Community of Practice Update

The final BERT (Building Ethical Relationships Together) Wodonga COP Workshop for 2016 was held last week. The workshop focused on reflection and evaluation of the workshops held throughout the year. It was a great opportunity to look back on the skills and knowledge learnt and to share how members have incorporated these skills in their work.

A big thank you to Professor Moira Carmody for facilitating the workshops in 2016 and to the Wodonga COP members for taking part in the project. The 2016 evaluation is underway and will be shared in due course.

Visit the CERSH website for more information on the BERT Wodonga Project and to watch short clips about each of the COP workshops held.

Sexual Health News and Resources

vacountry-png-squareBendigo Community PrEP Forum

VACountry and PrEPAccessNOW present a PrEP Community Forum. 

Wednesday 14 December
(drinks and nibbles provided)
Bendigo Trades Hall, 40 View Street 

Come along and get answers to the questions you have about PrEP. Not sure if PrEP is for you? This is your chance to get the facts.

The forum will include conversations led by a local community member from a panel of experts; Dr George Forgan-Smith (PrEP Prescriber), Timmy Lockwood (PrEP X Study) Paul Kidd (HIV Positive Activist) Phil Joffe (PrEP Activist) and a local PrEPster from country Victoria.

Click here for the Facebook event page.


sti-hiv-conf-logoConference Summary Report Now Available

Released on World AIDS Day the 2016 HIV/AIDS Conference Summary Report is now available.

Available in online magazine format here.


kirby-2HIV, Viral Hepatitis & STI Annual Surveillance Report

The Kirby Institute has released the 2016 Annual Surveillance Report on HIV, viral hepatitis and STI’s in Australia.

Access the data and key findings via the website or download the full report here.


fast-track-citiesVictorian HIV Dashboard – Fast Track Cities Initiative

The Victorian dashboard forms part of the Fast-Track Cities global web portal into which all city dashboards connect.

The dashboard will be a living tool for physicians, HIV clinics, the public health community and people living with HIV to help accelerate local HIV education, prevention and care to achieve 90-90-90 targets by 2020.

View the dashboard here and read the full press release here.


my-lifeMyLife+ App for HIV Care

Developed by ViiV Healthcare, in consultation with the HIV community, and in partnership with the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), MyLife+ helps people with HIV track their medications, blood results — including CD4 count and viral load — symptoms, and even moods.

MyLife+ replaces the iPlan booklet and clinicians, community and health promotion workers, in contact with people with HIV, are encouraged to promote it to their clients and community.

View the website here for more info and ways to download the app.


good-quality-of-lifeGood Quality of Life Campaign

Developed by NAPWHA this campaign is all about people with HIV sharing the things that contribute to their own good quality of life. Through short video clips positive peers talk about enjoying great moments and the things they do to make more of them. All of the stories focus on the importance of being on the right HIV treatment. A new video will be released every couple of weeks until March 2017.

View the website here and check out the inspiring stories already released. 

Opportunities for Health Professionals

shape-projectSexual Health and Ageing, Perspectives and Education (SHAPE) Project

The SHAPE Project has been designed by the School of Population and Global Health, along with the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. The project presents a unique opportunity for healthcare practitioners to participate in translational research to improve the lives and wellbeing of their older patients.

The project team are calling on healthcare professionals to take part in short, one-on-one interviews (via phone or in person).

For more information and contact details for the project visit the project website or download this flyer.


footer-logoExpressions of Interest for Rurally Based Delivery of a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Commencing in 2017, the Melbourne Medical School is proud to be launching its redeveloped Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research. Focused on developing the key skills required to begin or progress a clinical research career, the Graduate Certificate will focus on clinical research design and methodology, including quantitative and qualitative methods, evaluation of research literature, statistical analysis and ethics in clinical research. This is the first in a series of nested awards providing a pathway of study towards the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Clinical Research (launching in 2018).

The Graduate Certificate is taught at the Parkville campus; however, we are keen to know if there are a sufficient number of interested rurally based health professionals to warrant delivery in a rural location.

We are currently gathering expressions of interest and welcome your feedback, please follow this link to complete.

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