Sexual & Reproductive
Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2013-2017
Gippsland Women’s Health is the lead agency for the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2013-2017. This is the second Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy for Gippsland and is guided by a Reference Group comprising workers from health services, community agencies and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
The Strategy was informed by the Victorian Rural Women’s Access to Family Planning Service survey and the Gippsland Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health survey. Both surveys identified privacy, cost and distance as impacting on women being able to or feeling comfortable accessing local services.
A report from The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified ‘that factors beyond the control of the individual influence sexual and reproductive health. Programs that fail to consider the external social determinants of sexual and reproductive health are unlikely to improve the sexual and reproductive health particularly among vulnerable population’ (WHO 2010). Women’s Health West have developed a Western Region Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion Framework and this has been considered in the development of the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.
Are You Covered?
This project is being rolled out across Gippsland and is part of the Gippsland Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy which also includes support for schools to provide comprehensive relationships and sexuality education.
Read the media release from Baw Baw Shire Council.
Wellington Shire council has installed a condom vending machine in the all-abilities public toilet at the Port of Sale.
Latrobe City Council has installed three condom vending machines. Read article.
Condom vending machines are located in:
Bass Coast Shire
- Cowes – accessible toilet, Esplanade
- Wonthaggi – accessible toilet, Watt Street
- Inverloch – accessible toilet, Skate Park
- Cape Woolamai – accessible toilet, Vista Place at Shops
- Grantville – accessible toilet outside Transaction Centre
- Coronet Bay – Men’s Toilet at Foreshore
- Corinella – accessible toilet, Hughes Reserve
- Sale – accessible toilet, Port of Sale
- DWWWW Sports Club – Alberton West Rec Reserve, Lanes Road, Alberton West
- Yarram Recreation Reserve – accessible toilet, Railway Avenue, Yarram
- Stratford Memorial Park – accessible toilet, Tyers Street, Stratford
Baw Baw Shire
- Drouin – accessible toilet, Memorial Park, Princes Way
- Longwarry – accessible toilet, Bennett Street Park
- Neerim South – accessible toilet, Craig Watts Skate Park, 175 Main Neerim Road
- Trafalgar – accessible toilet, Depot Lane
- Warragul – accessible toilet, Burke Street Park
- Rawson – accessible toilet, Allan Croxford Reserve, Tyers-Walhalla Rd
- Swifts Creek Hall – accessible toilet, Great Alpine Road, Swifts Creek
- Mallacoota Hall – Mud brick pavillon 1 Develling Drive, Mallacoota
- Morwell – accessible toilet, Morwell Bus Interchange, Commercial Road, Morwell
- Morwell -male toilet, Morwell Football Netball Club – Travers Street, Morwell
- Traralgon – accessible toilet, Traralgon Multi-level Car Park, Hotham Street, Traralgon
- Moe – accessible toilet, George Street, Moe
- Leongatha – accessible toilet, 6-8 McCartin Street, Leongatha (side of Leongatha Memorial Hall)
- Leongatha – accessible toilets, McIndoe Park, Turner Street, Leongatha (adjacent to Bent St)
- Korumburra – accessible toilet, 26 Commercial Street, Korumburra (behind Kelly’s bakery)
- Foster – accessible toilet, Pearl Park, 8 Bridge Street, Foster (adjacent to Main St, Foster, opposite Parks Victoria)
- Mirboo North – accessible toilet, Baromi Park, 36 Couper Street, Mirboo North (opposite Mirboo North Hall)
- Venus Bay – accessible toilet, 126A Jupiter Blvd, Venus Bay
In addition to the machines, a public health campaign #AreYouCovered has been launched via Instagram and social media.
1800 My Options
For information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health: 1800 My Options (1800 696 784)
It can be hard to find the information and services you need to make the decision that is right for you. Find out about your options, where to go and who to talk to at 1800myoptions. The phone line is free and confidential with highly trained, experienced and sensitive staff who have extensive knowledge of sexual and reproductive health for Victorian Women.
Sexual Health School Grant Program
Gippsland Women’s Health is excited to be offering sexual health grants for schools.
Grants of up to $2500 are available to Primary and Secondary schools across Gippsland to support sexual health and wellbeing education through the implementation of benchmarks within the Achievement Program.
What will be funded?
- Professional development training for teaching staff and whole school approach to sexual health and wellbeing
- Parent and Carer sexual health and wellbeing information sessions
Eligible schools will have;
- Registered their school with the Achievement Program
- Have completed the ‘coordinate’ phase and submitted their first progress report
- 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 here.
Download the application form here.
For further details please contact Anna Roberts or Selena Gillham on 5143 1600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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