November 2016 Update

Upcoming Events

Professional Training Forum (Wallan)
When: Wednesday 9 November, 2016
Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
Where: Nexus GP Super Clinic, Wallan
What: The Role of GP Practices in Facilitating Early Pregnancy Termination
RSVP: Register here

BERT Community of Practice: November Workshop (Wodonga)
When: Thursday 10 November, 2016
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm (lunch provided)
Where: Gateway Health, Wodonga
What: Facilitated by Dr Moira Carmody, agenda TBC
RSVP: Is essential by Tuesday 8 Nov. to

Goulburn Valley and Northeast Victoria SHN Meeting (Benalla)
When: Wednesday 30 November, 2016
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Department of Education and Training, Benalla
What: What’s new in sexual health? A local and national update.
RSVP: by Monday 28 November at 

Central Victoria SHN Meeting (Bendigo)
When: Tuesday 6 December, 2016
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Where: LaTrobe University, Room TBC
What: Multicultural Populations: A Practical Look at the Provision of Inclusive Services
RSVP: Register interest by emailing 

News from CERSH

CERSH Online Learning Modules

CERSH has developed online education modules for rural health practitioners. There are currently 8 modules focusing on different aspects of rural sexual health care with topics including: cornerstones in rural sexual health care, avoiding assumptions in rural sexual health care, pharmaceutical access and contact tracing in a small community.

Members of the RACGP will earn 40 Category 1 points (ALM) for completing six of the modules or two Category 2 points per hour for each individual module completed. All other practitioners will be sent certificates for an hour of education per module or if completing a group of 6 modules will receive a certificate for 8 hours education.

We hope the variety allows rural health practitioners to focus their learning to suit their own particular needs and interests.

The modules will be officially launched at the National Sexual health Conference in Adelaide next week, however CERSH is keen to gain feedback from rural health practitioners to assist in the further improvement of the modules.

We are looking for ten people to complete at least one module and provide feedback to CERSH by Friday the 18th November.

Can you help? Email to register interest. You will receive a free registration to the 2017 SEXrurality conference for your help.

Southern Mallee Sexual Health Network

Last month the Southern Mallee Sexual Health Network had their final meeting for 2016. CERSH arranged for Jenny Walsh to visit Swan Hill and facilitate her workshop on Contemporary Sexuality Education.

Jenny has now delivered the workshop to all three networks which is great for rural Victorian workers. We look forward to delivering more training and information sessions in the Southern Mallee region next year. To give feedback or suggestions for future topics and training please contact the CERSH team.

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

A Great Win for Rural Sexual Health 

A Message from Director of CERSH, Associate Professor Jane Tomnay

On behalf of the CERSH team I would like to offer ‘a big congratulations’ to Suzanne Wallis on her recent permanent, full time appointment at Goulburn Valley Health (GVH) as the Rural Sexual Health Nurse Practitioner. The fact that this appointment has been created as an ongoing, full time position is a direct reflection of the expertise, hard work, dedication and commitment Suzanne has provided to the position in these first five years.

Also, I would like to acknowledge the management team at GVH (in particular Leigh Rhode) who supported the creation of this position in partnership with CERSH in 2010 and have worked hard to ensure this vital service is continued.

Suzanne has done an amazing job establishing partnerships, the position and the scope of the service since moving to NE Victoria and her passion for sexual health, as well as her commitment to the holistic care of each and every client, will continue into the future. Well done Suzanne!

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October Community of Practice Workshop 

The focus of the October CoP was the ethics of sexting and consent, and building skills in working with young people. Participants took part in a skill based activity that explored the law and sexual consent and how young people use social media and phones in sexual contexts. We considered how the Sex & Ethics Framework can assist young people to negotiate the ethical use of phones and social media.

Go here for more information on the Community of Practice.

Profiling Sexuality and Respectful Relationships Education for Wodonga Health and PE Educators

CERSH recently sponsored Professor Moira Carmody and Jenny Walsh to attend a Health and PE educators conference in Wodonga as part of our commitment to supporting local initiatives and multi-sectoral responses to improve sexual health, address gendered violence, and foster respectful relationships and ethical sexual citizens.

Professor Moira Carmody presented the key note address and provided a context for the roll out of respectful relationship education in Victorian schools. Moira also outlined the history of gender based violence prevention and why it is so important that schools and communities engage and develop cultures of respect and safety. Jenny Walsh facilitated  two workshops about meeting the needs of modern children and fitting in with Respectful Relationship Education and practical teaching ideas at secondary level.

BERT Community of Practice in Wodonga was highlighted at the conference and a number of members were on hand to provide an overview of the support services they can provide to school staff.

View this clip of highlights and key messages from Moira and Jenny’s conference sessions.

Sexual Health Resources and Opportunities

papscreenlogoPapScreen Victoria Nurse Scholarships

PapScreen Victoria is offering financial assistance for Victorian Registered Nurses (Division 1) to become cervical screening providers. Scholarships of up to $1000 are on offer.

  • Deadline for applications is Friday 18 November 2016
  • Successful applicants are required to commence an endorsed cervical screening provider training course in 2017

Head to Papscreen for more information, including guidelines and an application form.

2016 Sunraysia Regional Viral Hepatitis Forum

This FREE event will feature leading practitioners in viral hepatitis diagnosis, treatment and care providing the latest information on all aspects of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

When: Thursday 17 November, 2016
Where: MADEC Community College, Mildura
Register: Online here
Download a flyer here

vic-govRespectful Relationships Education Funding

The Victorian Government are inviting online Expressions of Interest for schools to participate in the Respectful Relationships initiative. There are two streams of funding available:

Leading School funding: $10,000 in grant funding per year and support to implement a whole school approach. Lead schools will commence professional learning with intensive support from the new Respectful Relationships workforce from Term 1, 2017.

Partner school funding: An opportunity to partner with a Leading School, drawing on their experience and expertise in Respectful Relationships. Successful Partner Schools will receive $4,000 in their first year of implementation and commence Respectful Relationships from mid-2017.

Applications close 20 November 2016. More information here.

Sexual Health Research and Publications

apo-logo“Impact of the Australian national cervical screening program in women of different ages”
Starting cervical cancer screening at age 25 is safe. The findings support the Australian government’s renewed cervical screening program (set to come into effect in May 2017), which recommends that women should start screening for cervical cancer at age 25, not age 18-20.
Read more and download the full resource…

logo“Towards comprehensive early abortion service delivery in high income countries: insights for improving universal access to abortion in Australia”
Improving access to safe abortion is an essential strategy in the provision of universal access to reproductive health care…
Read more and download the full resource…

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