September 2016 Update

Upcoming Events

Central Victorian Sexual Health Network Meeting (Bendigo)
When: Thursday 8 September, 2016
Time: 11.30am to 3.30pm
Where: Latrobe Uni, Flora Hill campus, Bendigo
Topic: Contemporary sexuality education in a range of settings: a practical workshop

Partners in Prevention Network Meeting (Melbourne)
When: Tuesday 4 October, 2016
Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Where: Blue Room, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Topic: Kris Arcaro, Director, Wellbeing, Health and Engagement, Department of Education and Training, will provide an update on the roll out of respectful relationships education across Victoria.
RSVP: By 28 September to

SPEAK Session #1: Sex and Disability (Melbourne)
When: Thursday 15 September , 2016
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Where: Inspire 9 – 41 Stewart Street, Melbourne, VIC 3121
Topic: Hear from a great panel of young people, advocates and experts discussing disability and sexual rights, education and visibility
RSVP: Tickets on sale now ($10-$15)

News from CERSH

Goulburn Valley and NE Victoria Sexual Health Network Update

GV network meeting picAnother successful Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria Sexual Health Network meeting was held in Benalla last week. Clinicians, school nurses, sexual health workers and health promotion officers made up the attendees who heard an update on the new Hep C treatments and progress on HIV programs. Time was also given for attendees to share experiences, discuss challenges and workshop ideas to help with their work in local areas.
The next Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria Sexual Health Network Meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 November. Pencil it in the diary and stay tuned for more details soon!

CERSH Sponsors NEVR HPE & OES Conference

CERSH was proud to sponsor the first North East Victorian Regional Network’s Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education Conference held in Wodonga on 26 August. The conference focused on the Respectful Relationships Education (RRE) program and CERSH assisted in providing key note speaker, Moira Carmody, as well as sexuality education expert, Jenny Walsh. Almost 100 local education and health professionals attended the full day of workshops and sessions.
Check out a video of conference here.  To learn more about the NEVR HPE & OES Network contact Jess Harris.

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The Building Ethical Relationships Together (BERT) Wodonga Community of Practice held its sixth workshop on 25 August at Gateway Health Wodonga. The topic was ‘Self-care as a professional: Practical strategies and tools”. Led by facilitator Professor Moira Carmody, members discussed different ways for looking after self in the context of challenging workplaces, busy workloads and limited resources. For Wodonga members, the resources from this workshop are available on the member forum. If you are a health or education professional in Wodonga and are interested in learning more about the community of practice please contact Kylie Stephens or Alana Hulme Chambers.

News from Local Health Services

Swan Hill District Health Launches LGBTIQ Support Group

SWAN Hill District Health (SHDH) has created a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) youth. SHDH health promotion officer Hayden Collins said he was passionate about the project which had been in the pipeline for the past 12 months. Read full story here.

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Sexual Health Resources and Opportunities

Lifting the stigma of mixed-orientation relationships

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Deakin University research has given a voice to the mostly unspoken experiences of Australian women who are in relationships with bisexual men. Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, a Senior Lecturer with Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development, worked with Sara Lubowitz, who ran the Women With Bi Partners Network in Sydney, to gain an insight into the lives, intimacies, relationships and families of these women. The results of the research form the basis of a new book Women In Relationships with Bisexual Men – Bi Men By Women.

Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment Resources


Recommended by local health professionals, ASHM has put together a Quick Reference Tool for the new Hepatitis C treatments. They also have a helpful Decision Making Guide for Hep C testing and treatment.


Women’s Health Week (5-9 September)

am i normalThe Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week is a week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. The theme for 2016 is ‘Am I Normal?’ Each day features a different topic, ending on Friday with ‘Let’s talk about sex’. Free online resources, social tools and a public events calendar are all available at the website.