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Sexual and Reproductive Health

Vision: The rights of all Victorian women to optimal sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing are fully realised.

Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2017-2021

Gippsland Women’s Health is the lead agency for the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2017-2021. This is the third Strategy for Gippsland and is guided by the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Alliance comprising of workers from health services, community agencies and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The Strategy was informed by earlier Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategies and the Victorian Government Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Key Priorities 2017-2020.

Download Gippsland Sexual Reproductive Health Strategy 2017-2021

 

Vision

For people in Gippsland to have positive, respectful, safe sexual relationships and reproductive choice.

The objectives are:

  1. To increase safe sex practices in young people in Gippsland by end of June 2021
  2. To increase the number of Gippsland schools delivering comprehensive, inclusive relationship and sexual health education
  3. To increase awareness about respectful relationships and access to sexual and reproductive health information and services for adults with minor intellectual disability in Gippsland by end June 2021
  4. To improve affordable and confidential access to emergency contraception and termination.
  5. To increase health professionals’ knowledge of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause.

Future work will be guided by the release of Victoria’s first Theory of Change to address inequities in women’s sexual and reproductive health. This was developed by Gender Equity Victoria’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Community of Practice which Gippsland Women’s Health convenes. The Theory of Change will guide the collective and individual work of women’s health services to achieve our shared vision for the full realisation of rights of all Victorian women to optimal sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

Gippsland Research Results

Gippsland Women’s Health recently conducted mapping of the availability of sexual and reproductive health services from GPs and Pharmacies in Gippsland. The two reports are now complete and inform the work of the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Alliance in advocating for more services for women in Gippsland.

  1. Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Pharmaceuticals – A quantitative report of the sexual and reproductive pharmaceuticals provided by 48 Pharmacies in Gippsland.

  2. General Practice Sexual and Reproductive Health Services – A quantitative report of the sexual and reproductive services of 36 General Practice Clinics in Gippsland.

Are You Covered?

The Condom Vending Machine Project has been implemented in Gippsland through the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.  By collaborating with local government, health services and community groups 36 machines have been installed across the six local government areas increasing access to condoms. The strategy also includes support for schools to provide comprehensive relationships and sexuality education. Read the report

Read more and get involved in the #AreYouCovered campaign on Instagram and find locations of the condom vending machines here

Relationships and Sexual Health School Grant Program

Gippsland Women’s Health is excited to be offering relationship and sexual health grants for schools.

Grants of up to $2250 are available to primary, secondary and specialist schools across Gippsland to support sexual health and wellbeing education.

What will be funded?

  • In class professional development training for teaching staff on comprehensive, inclusive relationship and sexual health and wellbeing.
  • Parent and Carer sexual health and wellbeing information sessions

Eligible schools will be:

  • A Respectful Relationships lead or partner school and/or
  • Be part of the Achievement Program and have chosen ‘Sexual Health and Wellbeing’ as a health priority area to focus on.

For full details on the grant please download the information sheet. Download the application form.

For further details please phone Anna Roberts or Selena Gillham on 5143 1600 or contact us