Rural, regional and remote communities are included in SHQ’s priority populations. SHQ is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver two projects designed to promote sexual health in Aboriginal and rural and remote communities.
Pilbara Community Capacity Building Project
The aim of the Pilbara project is to promote sexual health in Aboriginal communities in the Pilbara region, through building community capacity to address sexual health issues.
Strategies to build local skills and capacity to promote sexual health can include:
Delivery of SHQ training courses in the Pilbara
Subsidies and travel assistance for Pilbara workers to attend Perth-based training (to apply contact Robyn Wansbrough or complete the appropriate application on the Education page.
Follow up support (in person or by phone or email) after training to help people put their training into practice
Starter Grants to assist newly trained Mooditj Leaders to run a Mooditj program for young people
Consultancy, support and resources for community sexual health promotion activities and programs
Clinical supervision for Nurses and Doctors in their own workplace by experienced SHQ staff
Support for local networks to share information and resources, and plan and deliver sexual health services and programs
Advocacy to promote sexual health
Statewide Capacity Building Project
The aim of the Statewide Project is to develop the capacity of the workforce and key community members to promote sexual health in Western Australia. The major focus is on working with Aboriginal people and rural and remote communities
This project hosts a statewide Sexual Health Network. Network members can keep up to date and in touch via the WASHN website, a live website where sexual health information, news, new resources, training and job opportunities are posted and discussion forums supported. See the website for information and free membership.
Every year we host a Sexual Health Forum to bring together a broad range of workers from across WA. Information about the Forum will be posted to the WASHN website as it becomes available. You are invited to share ideas or join the Forum Working Party that meets monthly by contacting us.
Regional Training and Capacity Building
The Statewide Project also provides some funding for SHQ to partner with local organisations to bring training programs to rural and regional areas. Follow up support (in person or by phone or email) and Starter Grants after training are included.
If there is a significant demand for a training course in your community, please complete the appropriate Expression of Interest below, or contact Robyn Wansbrough, Manager of Education and Training, to discuss possibilities.
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Expressions of Interest for Training Courses in Regional Areas:
Subsidies for Rural and Remote Workers to attend Training
Limited subsidies are available to assist rural workers and eligible people working with Aboriginal communities to attend training in Perth. The subsidies do not cover the full cost of the training; there is a minimum course registration fee of $100. As our funding is limited please consider carefully how much your organisation can contribute towards the training.
There is also a small amount of funding to provide some assistance for travel costs for rural workers to attend training in Perth.
Please see the Education page for current subsidy applications.
For general enquiries and further information, please email Robyn Wansbrough, Manager of Education and Training. Alternatively, you can call on 9227 6177.
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