SHQ Review August 2020 - Sexual Health Quarters
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SHQ Review August 2020

Share meeting esafety

eSafety and young people meeting

Our next SHARE meeting (for people who work with young people around sexual health) on 25 August will feature a special presentation from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Don’t miss this great event – only online spots available! For more information and to register, follow the link below.

Check out SHARE

Trans and gender diverse project

SHQ and the WA AIDS Council are looking to collaborate with the trans and gender diverse community to create an exciting new resource. The resource will seek to:
• increase knowledge and perceptions of risk around STIs and BBVs
• identify and reduce barriers to accessing services
• increase testing pathways.
We are looking for people who identify as trans and/or gender diverse to support the project and provide valuable input. Please complete the following short survey to register your interest!

Complete the survey

community news

LGBTI Family Violence Forum: 10-14 August

This annual community-led forum offers a platform to the LGBTI community and allied organisations to present their work, share knowledge and highlight areas that need further development. Head to the Thorne Habour Health Eventbrite page to check out the different sessions on offer.

Check out the sessions

Always was, always will be. 8-15 Nov 2020

2020 NAIDOC Local Grants

NAIDOC Local Grants offer an opportunity for community groups to organise activities that celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements, and their continuing contributions to our country and society. To find out how to apply for a grant, head to the website.

Grant connect website

Keep sexual health accessible through telehealth

Changes to telehealth Medicare subsidies has meant that sexual health-related consultations are now less accessible to many people. To show your support for the campaign to reinstate telehealth sexual health consults, check out the Fair Agenda website.

SPHERE National Health and Medical Research Council’s Centre for Research Excellence is also running a campaign to allow continued access to Medicare funded telehealth for women to be able to access early medical abortion services. You can sign the petition below. 

Sign the petition

Let’s yarn about syphilis

The Department of Health have released a brand new video about syphilis. The video provides information about what syphilis is, the symptoms and how to prevent the spread of syphilis.

National Orgasm Day –  31 July 2020

National Orgasm Day celebrates sexual climax and raises awareness of issues surrounding sexual climax and pleasure. As part of the celebrations, we released a blog all about pleasure and orgasms – to check it out follow this link.

National Orgasm Day

Hiv & aids + sexual health 2020 virtual forum

Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences 16 – 20 November 2020

ASHM have announced this year’s HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conference is going online!  Abstract submissions for the conferences are open until 16 August. For more information about the conference, head to the website.

Further info

research opportunities and updates

The Turnaway Study

The Turnaway Study is looking to extensively examine the effects of receiving an abortion, versus being denied an abortion, on women and their children. To check out the study follow the link.

The turnaway study

I-SHARE survey

The I-SHARE (International Sexual Health and REproductive Health) Survey aims to investigate how different isolation measures implemented during COVID have affected relationships and access to sexual and reproductive health services. To participate in the study follow the link.

Participate in the study

Jean Hailes annual Women’s Health Survey

Women’s Health Survey is a chance for every woman to provide their experiences on a wide range of health issues, including physical and mental health. For more information about the survey and to find out how to participate follow this link.

Womens Health Survey

Do you work in the youth mental health field?

Researchers at Telethon Kid’s Institute have developed a survey to better understand barriers and facilitators to engagement with non-face-to-face mental health services. To check out the survey follow this link.


upcoming training opportunities medical trainingCertificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)

Are you a nurse looking to upskill in the field of sexual and reproductive health? Participants will explore the physiological, psychosocial and environmental aspects of sexual and reproductive health using current research findings, clinical guidelines and knowledge and experience of experts in the field. For more information and to register follow the link.

Register here

STIs in primary care moduleSTIs In WA Primary Care – new online module

This course is intended to provide primary health care professionals with comprehensive education about discussing STIs with patients, STI testing and STI management.  For more information on the module and to register follow this link below.

Register here

youth and community workers

nuts and bolts

Do you work with young people? Don’t miss this opportunity.

Youth workers and nurses are two of the most trusted sources of sexual health for young people.

Do you feel prepared to have conversations with your young people about sexual health and relationships? Nuts & Bolts is an interactive course which provides you with the key information and skills to support young people around sexual health and relationships.

Discounts available for WA Youth Workers! For more information and to register today follow the link below.

More information

upcoming key dates

Wear It Purple Day – 28 August 2020

Wear It Purple Day is an annual LGBTIQA+ awareness day especially for young people, based in Australia. Supporters wear purple to celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community.

Visit the website

World Sexual Health Day – 4 September 2020

World Sexual Health Day aims to promote social awareness around sexual health, sexual rights and wellbeing.

Visit the website

Send in your submissions for future SHQ Newsletters!

Got something you want to see in the next SHQ Newsletter? To submit something for consideration, just email us.You can head to our Newsletter page to check out the distribution schedule and cut-off dates for submissions for upcoming newsletters.

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