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SHQ Review March 13 2019

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National Condom Day – February 14th 2019

It’s a wrap!

National Condom Day is over for another year and we are busy evaluating the success of the 2019 campaign.

SHQ would like to thank the 70+ organisations that ordered print resources and the individuals who worked tirelessly within their communities to promote respectful relationships, consent and condom use. We distributed over 4500 condoms1500 stickers200 posters and 650 phone pop holders to various organisations across the State.

In addition, we would like to thank the many organisations who accessed our downloadable resources and the many individuals who engaged with us on social media throughout the campaign.

So far, we have received very positive feedback about the campaign materials as well as suggestions for future campaigns. We look forward to planning for another successful National Condom Day in 2020.

If you would like more information about the campaign evaluation for 2019, please email [email protected]

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Nuts and Bolts of Sexual Health training
April 9th – 11th

Location: SHQ – 70 Roe St Northbridge

Relationships and sexual health are what young people want and need to talk about. Nuts & Bolts is an interactive course which engages you in the development of core knowledge, attitudes and skills required to provide information and support for young people around respectful relationships and sexual health. The course runs over three days with a different focus on each day. The course is highly flexible, so if you can’t complete all three days in a row you can split them across the year.

Discounts available for WA Youth Workers! Click here for more information and to register today. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) – April 1st – 4th

Are you a nurse looking to become competent to provide cervical screening and preventative health checks for women? Places are still available for Module 2 (Cervical Screening) in our highly sought-after course

Expressions of interest wanted for Nuts and Bolts in your community.

Are you interested in bringing Nuts and Bolts of Sexual Health training to your community in Western Australia? We want to hear from people working in regional WA if you would like Nuts and Bolts training to come to your community this year. For more information and to place a request check out the EOI

Community News

Research Opportunity: Barriers for young people accessing STI testing

SHQ is participating in the first-of-its-kind research in Australia, to examine the barriers young people face around STI testing. To be eligible you need to be aged 18 – 29 years old, and must have attended SHQ for a STI consultation or test. For more information check out the Research Page on our website.

Support changing the current abortion laws in South Australia

The South Australian government are looking at updating their laws around abortion to provide safer and more compassionate access to abortion care. Queensland’s laws were changed due large public support – and it’s hoped the same show of support can help make these changes happen in South Australia. To show your support you can sign the petition here or follow the Facebook  and Twitter  campaign accounts.

Patient Experience Week April 2019

Patient Experience Week is all about celebrating the hard work of people who positively impact the experiences of patients. This year’s theme is Kindness, connection, community: see the whole person, and will focus on the experiences of Aboriginal patients. The Health Consumers’ Council is hosting two events on April 30th 2019.

  • Aboriginal Patient Experience Gathering 10AM – 4PM
  • Health Consumers Excellence Awards 4:30PM- 6:30PM

Venue: Pelican Point Sea Scouts Club – 12 Australia Drive Crawley WA.

For more information and to find out how to register, check out this link to the Health Consumers’ Council website.

Feedback wanted: WA State Government developing plan to address gender inequality

The WA State Government is developing a plan to achieve gender equality in Western Australia over the next 10 years. They want to hear from a range of different voices in the community on how they can best achieve this. Check out the Department of Communities website for more details about how you can have your say in the development of the plan. Feedback closes June 2019.

Feedback wanted: WA Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025

The WA Mental Health Commission have released the 2018 updates for the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025. Now they are seeking community feedback on the plan and how to best implement it. You can check out the draft here and the guide on how to provide feedback here

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.

SHQ Staff Profile

I am Cara Taheny, Registered Nurse in the clinic. My one year anniversary for working at SHQ is March 27!

What do you love about working at SHQ?

The clinical team I work with are brilliant. Everyone is on the same page and are very helpful. I’ve always loved working in sexual health because those that do are usually non-judgemental and are as weird as me! We laugh a lot here and help each other out when needed.That’s important to me in a workplace.

What would you like to achieve this year?

I’ve always wanted to do my Nurse Practitioner in Sexual Health. I think I might be contemplative at the moment – we will see.

What is something you enjoyed working on/got an opportunity to be a part of at SHQ?

Completing my Implanon insertion/removal training so that I can offer more in clinics. I really enjoy it. I also like participating in training upstairs from a clinical point of view.

If you didn’t work in sexual health, what would you be doing instead?

If I was to change my career pathway I think I’d go into Palliative Care. Sexual health has helped me be able to have difficult conversations with people, and I think this is transferrable to this field.

What have you been doing/bingeing recently? 

AFL Fantasy is coming up so I’m in research mode for that. Lots of binge watching Netflix lately like Wild Wild Country, The Keepers and Dirty John!


SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STIs, contraception information and supply, unplanned pregnancy, cervical screening, STI drop-in clinics and counselling.