SHQ endorses the World Health Organization’s working definition which defines sexual health as:
a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Since its inception in 1972, the Family Planning Association of WA (Inc) has evolved as a leading provider of specialist services in sexual and reproductive health.
In 2016 we introduced a new brand: SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters). Our new name positions us as the central point of contact for anything relating to sexual health, and represents our whole of community approach.
SHQ is an independent, non-profit organisation. We are a member of the Family Planning Alliance of Australia.
SHQ is accredited under the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards. You can read more about this on our accreditation page.
Sexual health and wellbeing for all Western Australians
Respect for All
We are passionate about inclusiveness and rejoice in diversity. Working together to support human rights and call out social injustice, we work to provide a voice for those unable to speak freely.
Friendly and Compassionate
We continually strive to create a friendly, safe, and welcoming service for all, working hard every day to deliver the highest standard of care, education, and training to those we support.
Courageous and Genuine
We are inspired and motivated by each other and our communities to do better, and to continually push the frontiers on sexual health and wellbeing for all Western Australians.
We openly share our knowledge, skills, and humour among ourselves and those we work with. Together we can deliver meaningful change.
Our priority groups
- Young people
- Aboriginal people
- People living with intellectual disability
- Sex workers
- People from CaLD communities
- People from regional, rural and remote communities