March 2016 update

CERSH news and events

Wodonga Community of Practice

The first Community of Practice (CoP) workshop was held on February 19. We are very fortunate to have Dr Moira Carmody facilitating each workshop for the year. We look forward to growing our knowledge and sharing learnings to improve our practice. CoP members discussed ideas regarding how they may be able to utilise Moira’s ‘Sex and Ethics Framework’ in their practice. We look forward to hearing about any examples of how this progressed at our next workshop.

April workshop: Thursday 14th of April, 10am – 1pm, Gateway Health, Wodonga

Workshop theme: “Working across different values in your work with young people”

RSVP to Sarah Roberts, including dietary requests, by Monday 11th of April. For the CoP to be a collaborative and rich learning/sharing experience, we encourage you to attend as many workshops as possible.

DATES for Sexual Health Network Meetings

Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria
Wednesday 18th May
Wednesday 24th August
Wednesday 16th November
The venue for all meetings is Department of Education and Training, 150 Bridge Street, East Benalla.

Mallee Sexual Health Network meetings:
Tuesday 3rd May
Thursday 14th July
Wednesday 12th October

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

Sex Ed by Porn? Surely We Can Do Better

A series of workshops coordinated by CERSH and facilitated by Maree Crabbe

15th March, MADEC Community College , Mildura
16th March, La Trobe Rural Health School, Clinical Teaching Building Bendigo
17th March, Community Hub, Maryborough 

All workshops, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm Lunch Provided NO COST Bookings Essential. Please let us know about any dietary requirements. Email The training will assist participants to develop their understanding of pornography and its influence, and the frameworks and confidence to address the issues with young people.  For more information visit: . Click here to see a short clip featuring the facilitator of the training, Maree Crabbe

FORTHCOMING training and events

Community Information Session – Bendigo

Wednesday 16th March – 7.00-8.30pm. The Community Hub, 34 Myers Street Bendigo. Drinks and light refreshments provided. Join representatives from the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC), Country Awareness Network (CAN) and Bendigo Community Health (BCH) to discuss how the organisations will be working to support LGBTI communities and people affected by HIV and viral hepatitis in the Loddon Mallee region. RSVP:

HIV in Primary Care – Prerequisite Course for HIV s100 Prescriber Training

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Networking Health Victoria, Level 4, 458 Swanston Street, CarltonThis workshop is designed to introduce those working in general practice to the basic principles of HIV care, including: testing at risk patients and making a new HIV diagnosis, through to co-managing a newly diagnosed patient with a HIV Specialist, and the multi-faceted issues HIV positive people may experience that may relate to clinical care provided in the primary care setting.  Further information is available here

New Hepatitis C Treatments: The Road Ahead

21st March, ARCSHS, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Free interactive forum will provide a detailed overview of the new direct acting antivirals (DAAs), as well as the latest on accessing the treatments and models of care. email

Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Related Diseases
Margins & belonging: marginalised people building community
31 March – 1 April 2016.  Stigmatised sexual and drug practices, and their associated infections and illnesses, produce specific forms of marginalisation for affected individuals and groups. But people in affected groups also forge a sense of belonging and community membership in a range of ways within broader society and within their affected communities. For more information about conference themes and key dates.

Bendigo Queer Film Festival event and 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. Check out the BQFF website on how to book tickets and find further information:

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. Dates: April course: 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th. July course: 11th 12th, 18th & 19th
Where:  ARCSHS 215 Franklin St, Melbourne
Cost: $790, including lunches, morning and afternoon teas
Further information is available here, or email

National Hepatitis Health Promotion Conference

19 – 20 May 2016, Rydges Melbourne. Conference theme: Navigating the Future – Opportunities through Engagement. Registrations and abstracts now open .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

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.

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

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

2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference – Save the date

Monday 14 November – Wednesday 16 November 2016, Adelaide


The Alphabet Crew –Albury Wodonga region

The Alphabet Crew is back again!  This is a closed social group for same-sex attracted, intersex, trans* and gender diverse young people, their friends and allies aged between 12 and 18.  Contact Ben from Retro Youth cafe on 0409 906 474 or if you’d like to get involved or have any questions.

New AFAO Campaign – Get PEP 

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has released a new nation-wide campaign called Get PEP. The campaign aims to increase knowledge and awareness of PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) amongst gay and bisexual men. ( PEP is POST Exposure and PrEP is PRE Exposure)

New Program for people with HIV in the greater border region of Northern Victoria and Southern NSW

Border Peer to Peer is a safe and confidential space is for all people with HIV and meets monthly in the Albury/Wodonga area. It’s a social support group with 1 on 1 support being offered as well.  Supported by Living Positive Victoria, Positive Life NSW, PozHet NSW, ACON, Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Albury Wodonga Health. For more information email

RESOURCES and opportunities  

Traffic Lights App

The Traffic Lights® App, based on the Traffic Lights® framework, is used and trusted by schools and childcare centres across Australia when monitoring and managing sexual behaviours. The App describes healthy sexual behaviours (green), concerning behaviours (orange) and harmful behaviours (red) for children aged 0-17. It also explains possible reasons for specific behaviours, suggested responses and provides case studies.  For more information head

New resource for women living with HIV

Renamed Living Well: Women with HIV, this comprehensive resource for women offers wide ranging information about living with HIV, disclosing HIV status, having sex, taking treatment, caring for your body, having children, keeping well and getting support.  For more information and to view the resource

ASHM BBVSTI clinical video presentations

BBV & STI clinical video presentations are available to watch and download on ASHM’s Vimeo channel. It includes training sessions and webinars, conference presentations and presentations. Visit and search for ‘ASHM’.

Special edition of HIV Australia: The call to action on HIV from ATSI communities 

Fire in the belly: The call to action on HIV from ATSI communities celebrates the history and the future of the community-led response to HIV among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Hepatitis C Direct Acting Anti-Viral (DAA’s) Treatment Information and Resources