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SHQ Review February 2020

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Do you work with young people? Do not 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.


Community News

‘Going Somewhere?’ campaign targeting overseas-acquired STIs and BBVs

The WA Department of Health have launched a new campaign targeting men who travel overseas and sexual health. The new campaign aims to raise awareness of the high prevalence of HIV and drug-resistance gonorrhoea in South-East Asia, and encourage men who travel to use condoms, have regular sexual health checks and access PrEP. To find out more about the campaign and access the campaign material follow the link.

RELATE Stage 2 now available on GDHR website

RELATE is a term-long respectful relationship program for schools. RELATE covers topics such as gender expectations and image-based abuse, and meets the Year 8 and 9 Health and Physical Education syllabus. To check out RELATE or to find out more about the program, head to the GDHR website.

Trans @ School resource released

The Queensland Human Rights Commission have released the Trans @ School resource to help navigate issues that can arise in the school setting. The resource comes in two versions, one for schools and teachers and one for students. To check out the school and teacher resource follow this link here and for the student one follow the link.

STI and BBV quarterly forum – 4 March 2020

The first STI and BBV Quarterly Forum is happening in March at the WA Department of Health Theatrette. The forum covers the latest local and national developments and research in the field of sexual health, and presenters come from a wide range of government, non-government and private organisations. For more information about the next forum follow the link.

Safe access zones in Western Australia

The WA Department of Health have released a report detailing recommendations for the introduction of safe access zones around abortion and health-related services in WA. From the findings of the report, a Bill to introduce safe access zones will be brought to Parliament later this year. To read the full report click this link here to the website.

National Condom Day

National Condom Day 2020 has wrapped up! Thank you to everyone for supporting this amazing campaign, and to the organisations involved in promoting this special day. Watch out for the next issue where we will provide a full update on this year’s campaign.

Would you like to help develop an Aboriginal empowerment strategy?

The Western Australian Government is developing a strategy to improve the social, health, cultural and economic outcomes of Aboriginal people. The Government is seeking input from Aboriginal people and other stakeholders to contribute to the strategy. For more information on how you can contribute, follow the link.

headspace launch Qheadspace

Qheadspace is a new digital platform for anyone who is LGBTI+ to get support in a peer-moderated and safe space. Qheadspace allows users to create a profile, engage with each other, and share mental health resources. To check out Qheadspace follow the link.

Would you like to improve the clinical practice of HIV prevention?

Are you a doctor, medical student or healthcare worker involved in HIV prevention? Researchers at UNSW are looking into the clinical perspective of prescribing PrEP in Australia to improve clinical practice. If you want to read more information about the study, and to find out how you can be involved, follow the link.

Are you a health professional who works with men and fathers?

Healthy Male are running a research project into the experiences of men as they become fathers. They are looking to hear from health professionals on how well men are supported during early fatherhood, and what areas can be improved. For more information and to participate in the survey follow the link.

Support the Your Help WA campaign

Your Help WA launched last year to help convince the State Government to urgently increase funding for community services providers. For more information on what you and your workplace can do visit the Your Help WA website.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

SHQ offering LGBTI+ diversity training for professionals

We are excited to announce we are now offering training to organisations around LGBTI+ diversity and inclusive practice! The interactive training can be tailored to your organisation and to the needs of your staff and clients. Subsidised rates available to organisations who sign-up early and support us in piloting this new area of work.

For more information and to register your interest follow this link here.


Medical Training

IUD Training for Doctors and Nurses
27 February 2020

SHQ offers IUD insertion training for medical practitioners who want to upskill in this area. The training covers theory and practice putting in an IUD. Prerequisites exist before attending the course. For more information follow this link or contact our Clinic Education Coordinator

FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health (Doctors)
16-20 March 2020

This national certificate course covers sexual and reproductive health issues at a postgraduate level. The course focuses on primary care aspects of sexual and reproductive health, a core aspect of both general practice and specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology. To register or to find out more information click on this link

FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health (Nurses) 6-14 May 2020

If you are a nurse looking to develop a deeper understanding of sexual health this is the course for you! 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 click the link.

Youth Workers and Community

STARS: 29-30 April 2020

STARS is a two day introductory course for Aboriginal community members and others working with young Aboriginal people. The course covers a range of sexual health and relationship topics in a culturally safe way, using fun group activities and Aboriginal Educators. For more information and to register follow the link

Psychologists and Counsellors

Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling Training

Are you a counsellor, psychologist or professional that provides counselling? This training provides the fundamental skills to provide unplanned pregnancy counselling and covers topics such as issues assisting in decision-making, issues that may arise due to pregnancy and referral pathways. For more information and to register follow this link

Expressions of interest wanted to bring sexual health trainings to your community

Are you interested in bringing cervical screening training, STI workshops or contraceptive counselling and contraceptive implant training to your community in Western Australia? For more information and to place a request please email the Manager of Clinical Education.

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.



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