Sexual & Reproductive
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 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.
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. Read more
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.
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
The Relationships and Sexual Health School grants are currently unavailable. Please check again in July 2019 when a new round of funding may be released.
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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