July 2016 Update

CERSH news and events

Building Ethical Relationships Together (BERT) Wodonga Community of Practice

When: Thursday14 July, 10am – 1pm

Where: Wodonga

What: Building skills to reflect on our practice

RSVP: Email kylies@unimelb.edu.au including dietary requests, by Tuesday 12 July.

Adolescent Sexual Health Update – Wallan

When: Wednesday 3 August, 6.15pm – 8.30pm

Where: Nexus GP Super Clinic, 7-11 High Street Wallan

What: Presented by Dr Siobhan Bourke. Dinner provided. No Cost. Learning objectives are: to recognise the key elements of adolescent sexual health practice; understand diagnosis, testing and treatment protocols of the most important STIs; increase knowledge about recent changes to cervical screening and HPV testing and the impact of the HPV vaccine; outline the process and protocols for partner notification; and identify health care pathways related to unplanned pregnancy in the local area. There will also be an overview of the recently developed CERSH sexual health online education modules for rural practitioners. A professional development partnership event between CERSH, Murray PHN & Eastern Melbourne PHN.  RACGP accredited training allocated 4 Category 2 points.

RSVP: by August 1st 2016 online here or by email: gvevents@murrayphn.org.au or fax: 03 5831 5398

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: Wednesday 24th August 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 to cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au by August 22nd and note any dietary requests or access issues.

Central Victorian Sexual Health Network Meeting – Bendigo

When: Thursday September 8, TIME TBC

Where: Bendigo, VENUE TBC

What: 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.

RSVP: Email to cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au by September 6 and note any dietary requests or access issues.

FORTHCOMING training and events

Monthly gathering for people living with HIV- Bendigo

When: Wednesday July 13th, 6pm – 8pm

Where: VACountry Community Hub, 34 Myers Street, Bendigo

Contactharry.mcanulty@vac.org.au or 0437004680

8th Spotlight on Chronic Hepatitis B Forum – Melbourne

When: Wednesday 27th July, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where: Department of Health and Human Services, Melbourne.

What: The Victorian Hepatitis B Alliance (VHBA) presents the 8th Spotlight on Chronic Hepatitis B Forum for community and health workers. This forum will explore ways to improve treatment, management and care of people living with chronic hepatitis B.

More info and register here.

2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference & Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference

When: 14th – 18th November 2016

Where: Adelaide

More info and register here.

RESOURCES and opportunities

Rainbow eQuality – an online LGBTI inclusive practice guide for health & human services

The Guide offers a set of LGBTI-inclusive principles, details the specific health needs of different populations within LGBTI communities and addresses the needs of LGBTI consumers in different types of services such as aged care, disability, homelessness and many more. For all those health professionals and organizations that want to improve the quality of care they provide their LGBTI clients. The Guide replaces Well Proud (2008/09) and is a Victorian Government resource.

Be Free from Hep C Resources

Hepatitis Victoria provides a range of education resources.

Positive Caring

Living Positive Victoria in partnership with Royal District Nursing have created 12 easy to read HIV fact sheets. Adapted from the Positive Caring Handbook, the fact sheets provide a one page summary of issues people may encounter while either living with HIV, caring for someone living with HIV or sharing information with others to reduce stigma for people living with HIV.


Understanding the low uptake of long-acting reversible contraception by young women in Australia: a qualitative study

Authors C. Garrett,  L Keogh, A Kavanagh, J Tomnay & J Hocking. Open access journal BMC Women’s