October 2016 Update

Upcoming Events

Southern Mallee Sexual Health Network Meeting (Swan Hill)
When: Wednesday 12 October, 2016
Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Stradbroke Hall, Swan Hill
Topic: Contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings: a practical workshop
RSVP: ASAP to cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au 

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
Topic: Agenda TBC closer to the date
RSVP: Register interest by emailing cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au 

Central Victoria SHN Meeting (Bendigo)
When: Tuesday 6 December, 2016
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Where: LaTrobe University, Bendigo, Room TBC
Topic: Agenda TBC closer to the date
RSVP: Register interest by emailing cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au 

News from CERSH

Central Victoria Sexual Health Network Meeting
Jenny delivering the workshop.
Jenny delivering the workshop.

The second meeting of the year for the Central Victoria SHN, featured guest presenter Jenny Walsh. Jenny facilitated a practical workshop on contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings. Attendees also heard an update on the Loddon Mallee STI/BBV Program and a presentation from the CERSH team on the #YOLOLiveWell research project. The group also enjoyed the opportunity to network with local workers and there was great discussion on local challenges and inititatives. The final Central Victoria SHN meeting for the year will be on Tuesday 6 December. Stay tuned for details.

CERSH Welcomes New Staff

The CERSH Team are very happy to introduce two new workers!
Welcome to Nina Hakamies and Giselle Lawler – Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officers who are based in Bendigo.

Upcoming Sexual Health Conference


The CERSH presence will be strong at the upcoming Sexual Health Conference in Adelaide next month. If you are attending the conference make sure to check out the following CERSH staff presentations:

Jane Tomnay – Patient-delivered partner therapy for STIs: the current state of play in Australia
Kylie Stephens – Decentralising Abortion Services. A case study of collaboration in rural Victoria
Siobhan Bourke – Online Rural Sexual Health Education for Health Practitioners: What’s important and what’s not?
Siobhan Bourke Key Practical Implications of the Renewed National Cervical Screening Programme for GPs and Practice Teams (a session as part of a GP Symposium organised by Dr Lara Roeske, VCS) 

CERSH will also be presenting two research posters that showcase the Sexuality Education in Schools project and the Voices of Sexuality project.

Check out the conference program here
Registrations close Friday 28 October. 

The CERSH Team are very happy to introduce two new workers!
Welcome to Nina Hakamies and Giselle Lawler – Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officers who are based in Bendigo.

News from Local Health Services


VACountry is starting a new VACreach peer leadership network supporting gay, bi, queer and trans men living in or near Bendigo, Castlemaine, Daylesford, Echuca, Gisborne, Kerang, Kyneton, Maryborough, Mildura, Swan Hill, Wedderburn or Wycheproof. Comprehensive training and ongoing support will be provided to volunteers who would like to support other men around sex, HIV, sexual health and drug use.

For more info on how to get involved contact Harry on VACountry@vac.org.au or call/text 0437004680


Out in the Open Festival Shepparton celebrates community diversity. Lots of events on offer during the four day program – 3/4/5/6 November.  Check out the full list of events here and get involved!

Sexual Health Resources and Opportunities

Trans and Gender Diverse Youth Inclusive Practice Training (Shepparton)

Presented by Out in the Open Festival and Zoe Bell Gender Collective Youth Project, this free training aims to develop individual practitioner and organisational capacity to provide accessible and inclusive services for young trans and gender diverse Victorians.

When: Friday 4 November, 2016
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Where: LaTrobe University, Shepparton
Contact: Damien Stevens  or ph: 03 58316157 ext 151

logo1Intersex Awareness Training (Woodend)

To celebrate Intersex Awareness Day 2016, WayOut and Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA), invite you to a unique professional development event.

Hosted by Bonnie Hart, president of AISSGA, this session will explore working with the intersex community in the context of health and other services. Learn more about Bonnie and her story in this SBS video.

When: Wednesday 9th November
Time: 11am-2pm
Where: Norma Richardson Hall, Woodend
RSVP: Register here
For more info: Download a flyer or email admin@cobaw.org.au


footer-logoCertificate/ Diploma/ Masters in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
Considering postgraduate study related to your work with young people? Join course convenor Andrea Krelle in a webinar for an information session, including ‘question time’.
Next session offered:
Wednesday 12 October 6pm – 6.45pm
Read more here.


arcshslogoARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series
To celebrate 25 years. ARCSHS is hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing senior academics from Australia and abroad discussing contemporary issues in sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships.
Dates are: Thursday 6 October, Wednesday 2 November, Wednesday 9 November and Wednesday 7 December.
Information on the Lecture topics can be found here.
Contact: Wendy Heywood arcshs25lectures@latrobe.edu.au

Sexual Health Research and Publications


“I feel like I am surviving the health care system”: understanding LGBTQ health in Nova Scotia, Canada
Currently, there is a dearth of baseline data on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada… read more


wol_stacked_k1Social determinants in the sexual health of adolescent Aboriginal Australians: a systematic review
While research indicates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents may be at increased risk of some sexually transmitted infections, there is limited information about factors that may place these young people at more risk of adverse sexual health than their non-Indigenous counterparts. Read more…