April 2016 Update

CERSH news and events

Mallee Sexual Health Network Meeting- Overview of HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, transmission and treatments

Tuesday 3rd May, 11.00am – 3.30pm, Swan Hill Club, Swan Hill. No cost. An overview of HIV and Hepatitis C prevention, transmission and updates on new treatments will be presented by The Victorian AIDS Council, Hepatitis Victoria, Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women. Topics will include transmission risks, new treatments, and effective strategies for working with affected communities. The meeting also provides an opportunity to link in with relevant state-wide services, discuss referral pathways, and assess local capacities to maximise engagement and support for people affected by Hepatitis C and HIV. RSVP essential to tara.gilbee@unimelb.edu.au by 29th April and note any dietary requests or access issues.

Remaining network dates for 2016: Thursday 14th July; Wednesday 12th October

Central Victorian Sexual Health Networks meetings: Bendigo
Wednesday 15th June
Thursday 8th September
Tuesday 6th December

Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria Network Meeting – Adapting our sexual health and relationships education for different learning styles

Wednesday 18th May, 10.30am-3.30pm Department of Education and Training, 150 Bridge Street, East Benalla. Catherine Madill, Specialist Services, Complex Clients Unit, Department of Health and Human Services will facilitate a practical workshop around tailoring education to suit a range of cognitive levels including learning disabilities and cognitive impairments. Jenny Walsh author of  the NEW national resource The Practical Guide To Love Sex and Relationships http://www.lovesexrelationships.edu.au/  and Catching on Early Teaching and Learning activities for years 1-6 (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/social/physed/Pages/resources.aspx)  will facilitate a discussion and workshop about adapting strategies and resources for one-to-one clinical and education settings, and  with young people with a range of abilities and learning styles. Time is also allocated for network participants to share their knowledge and strategies in adapting sexual health and relationships education for different learning styles. Please contact Kylie Stephens kylies@uninmelb.edu.au to express your interest. RSVP to kylies@unimelb.edu.au by 16th April and note any dietary requests or access issues.

Remaining dates: Wednesday 18th May, Wednesday 24th August, Wednesday 16th November

CERSH Loddon Mallee Sexual Health Forum

On 2nd March 2016 CERSH hosted the Loddon Mallee Sexual Health Forum that brought together 58 stakeholders from across Victoria to share knowledge and updates about sexual health and health promotion in the Loddon Mallee region and across Victoria. The forum was facilitated by comedian Nelly Thomas.   Participants represented a diverse range of organisations and worked across the health, education and support services sectors.  State-wide sexual health services attended the forum to network with local health care workers and contribute to information displays.   State-wide services that attended the forum included: Rainbow Network; Living Positive Victoria, Straight Arrows, Victorian AIDs Council, Hepatitis Victoria, The Centre For Culture Ethnicity and Health and Family Planning Victoria.  The Forum report and all presentations will be available on the CERSH website in the coming weeks.

FORTHCOMING training and events

HIV Free Generation Street Art Project

18th-19th April at Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS). For young Aboriginal people aged 13-18 years to design and create an original mural. Contact Norman ph. 02 60401200. Facilitated by a professional street artist.

Family Planning Victoria Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)

Dates: 18 – 22 April 2016 Cost: $1,313.00.  This course focuses on the role and practice of a sexual and reproductive health nurse, contraception, sexual and reproductive health issues, sexuality and cultural diversity, disability, sexual assault and family violence.  http://www.fpv.org.au/assets/Uploads/PDF-Downloads/Education/151110-NurseCompPapcourses2016A44ppFAweb.pdf

Bendigo Queer Film Festival panel discussion.

Saturday 23 April  – 6.30pm – the Star Cinema, Bendigo.
VACountry in partnership with Living Positive Victoria will explore the changing landscape of HIV and Prevention. The guest panel will discuss how HIV prevention, treatment and support have changed over the last three decades of the HIV epidemic in Australia.  After the panel discussion VAC will officially launch the VACountry program. http://www.bendigoqueerfilmfestival.com.au

Improving Sexual Health Outcomes for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in their Journey to Adulthood.

2:00pm – 3:00pm, Wednesday 27 April 2016
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS).  In this seminar, Associate Professor James Ward will draw on several research projects which clearly tell us where the gaps are in service provision, research and from community levels in the area of STIs and BBVs, while also highlighting where the strengths lay for future research work in the areas of STI and BBVs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/arcshs-seminar-james-ward

Identifying and Managing Sexual Boundaries in Home Care Services

2nd May, 12.30 – 4.30pm, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Melbourne. Cost: $658.
Workshop participants will focus on strategies for responding when a sexual boundary is crossed by an older client accessing home care services. The session will explore the responsibilities of staff at all levels, strategies for working with families and clients and strategies to ensure staff safety and wellbeing. Participants will be provided with a Resource Kit for use in their service. Facilitated by Dr Catherine Barrett  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/dr-catherine-barrett-10600369781

Regional  Diversity in Action – Bendigo

10th May 10am -4.00pm Pall Mall, Bendigo. This day is part of a series of professional forums being held across regional Victoria that aim to introduce participants to key concepts that support the provision of inclusive youth services for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse (SSAIGD) clients. The training is appropriate for anyone who works with young people. Management staff are also encouraged to attend. Sessions will include; LGBTI 101, working within schools, working with trans* and gender diverse young people, SSAGD young people and alcohol and other drug use, as well as activities to develop sustainable community responses to supporting the wellbeing of our SSAIGD youth.

Community meeting for people living with HIV – Bendigo

Wednesday 11 May, 6:30-8:30pm, Community Hub, 34 Myers street, Bendigo . Living Positive Victoria and VACountry want to hear ideas for social and peer support services for people living with HIV in the Loddon Mallee area. The meeting will explore what peer and social support the community would like to see in the region. harry.mcanulty@vac.org.au 0437004680. Contact Harry for posters to promote the meeting in your workplace or community.

National Hepatitis Health Promotion Conference

19 – 20 May 2016, Rydges Melbourne. The conference will explore the future health promotion response to viral hepatitis in Australia and look at how the sector workforce can maximise engagement and support people affected by viral hepatitis http://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/health-promotion-conference-2016/

Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health and Wellbeing Conference: connections, creativity, care.

Friday, 27th May, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. TheJasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
VAC and ACON are proud to bring you this one day national conference focusing on the health and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

ARCSHS Course in Pre and Post Test Discussion
This revised 4 day accreditation program is designed to equip participants with appropriate knowledge and skills to engage in pre- and post- HIV and hepatitis C antibody test discussion, and prevention education, in a range of settings. July course: 11th 12th, 18th & 19th, ARCSHS 215 Franklin St, Melbourne. $790, including lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Further information is available here, or email BBV-Program@latrobe.edu.au

 The second Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference – Save the Date

13th and 14th October 2016, Department of Rural Health, The University of Melbourne, Shepparton

2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference

14th – 16th November 2016, Adelaide. Invitation for Abstracts now open.  Abstracts must be submitted by 29 May 2016. http://www.shconference.com.au/ehome/sh2016/397046/?&

Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference,

16th – 18th November 2016, Adelaide. Abstracts must be submitted by 29 May 2016.


Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows to merge

After years of working together, Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows are pleased to announce the merging of the two organisations which will have a greater capacity to support all people living with HIV in Victoria.  The Strengthening Positive Voices (SPV) working group will be engaging in public consultation over the next few months to gather feedback as it finalises the legal requirements of the merge. This information will be shared on both organisation’s websites and open to public consultation. Members and the public are encouraged to watch for updates for public consultation forums on the Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows’ website and social media accounts.  For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions visit  livingpositivevictoria.org.au or straightarrows.org.au

New Hepatitis C treatments

Around 3800 prescriptions have been written for the new Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) hepatitis C treatments since they were added to the PBS on March 1st.  To put this in context, this means that more people will have started treatment in March 2016 than in the whole of 2015, or indeed any previous year. The Hepatitis Victoria website provides useful information for GPs who are working with patients seeking hepatitis C treatment, and also provides insight for health and community workers about the steps involved in accessing treatment. A wallchart for GPs summarising the new clinical guidelines for treating hepatitis C virus infection with a checklist for pre-treatment assessment of people with hepatitis C virus infection may be viewed and downloaded here.  The full guidelines are available here.

RESOURCES and opportunities

Australian STI Management Guidelines: For Use in Primary Care – Annual Critical Review Now Complete

The Guidelines are an online resource designed to provide Primary Care Practitioners with concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment for sexually transmissible infections. The website is conveniently indexed by STI or condition; by syndrome; and by population group and/or situation.  The Guidelines were developed by the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance, which is a committee of ASHM, and are supported by RACGP, AChSHM, ASID, APNA, FPAA, AIDA and ACNP to ensure they reflect best practice and are appropriate for use in primary care.  For more information, visit the website.

SHARE Sexual Health and Relationships Education resources for use with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

http://share.ceh.org.au/Designed for teachers, community groups, youth workers, and anyone working with young people.  A series of education modules  to prompt discussions about sexual health, healthy relationships, sexuality, gender and laws relating to these themes in a guided setting. Each module consists of: a scenario-based comic; a facilitator’s guide; and related fact sheets and services. Developed by Multicultural Health and Support Services (MHSS) http://www.ceh.org.au/our-programs/our_programs_mhss

Harm Reduction Victoria’s new Hep C Treatment Posters 

Harm Reduction Victoria has released the first four posters in their Hep C Treatment- ‘things have changed’ series in conjunction with the launch of the new #treatme facebook page. The Treatme page is made by Hep C positive people for Hep C positive people who may (or may not) be contemplating undergoing the NEW hep c treatments. Read more & check out the #treatme posters here.

RESEARCH and publications

Invitation to participate- Towards a collaborative model of care for medication abortion provision in regional and rural Victoria

The aim of the study by PhD candidate Caroline de Moel, Deakin University,  is to develop a nurse-led collaborative model of care for the provision of medication abortion in regional/rural Victoria. The online questionnaire for nurses and GPs  takes aprox 15 minutes to complete. https://deakinhealth.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dcFT0jMSwkEndop or http://cdemoel.wix.com/survey

Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll survey

Burnet Institute are seeking participants for the Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll survey, an annual online survey about drugs, sexual health, alcohol and other behaviours among young Victorians.  Participants must be aged 15-29 years. By completing the survey participants can go into the draw to win a $250 voucher. If relevant, please share the survey – particularly among young people who are aged 15-19 years. The survey can be accessed here: http://survey.burnet.edu.au/index.php?sid=55628