Celebrate National Condom Day this February 14th
Each year on the 14th of February we celebrate both Valentine’s Day and National Condom Day. National Condom Day is an annual state-wide campaign to promote sexual health and respectful relationships.
The tagline for the campaign is Ask First: Communicate and Negotiate. Asking for consent, communicating with your sexual partner/s about their (and your) needs, and negotiating safe sex, shows that you respect your partner’s body, their boundaries and their decisions.
To get involved check out the National Condom Day website! You can order FREE resources including condom packs, posters, stickers and phone pop holders and access downloadable content including posters, banners and bunting templates, as well as a social media toolkit and event/activity ideas.
SHQ introducing Medicare bulkbilling January 2019
SHQ is excited to announce that we will be implementing Medicare billing from January 2019. Clients with a Medicare card will be bulk billed for services with a doctor (with their consent), and those seeing a nurse will have no associated charge. This will see a significant reduction to the cost of SHQ clinical services for most clients.
Clients can still access our services if they don’t have a Medicare card or do not wish to use it – but there will be associated costs. Clients can speak confidentially to the consulting clinician if they are experiencing financial difficulties.
For more information you can see our media statement or call us on 9227 6177.
Upcoming training opportunity: Mooditj Leader Training on March 5th – 8th
SHQ is hosting a Mooditj Leader Training on March 5th – 8th. Mooditj Leader Training builds on your current knowledge, skills and confidence so you can run the Mooditj program for groups of Aboriginal young people in your community. Mooditj is a fun, interactive education program for Aboriginal young people aged 10-14 years. It helps build strong young Aboriginal people who can make positive and informed choices about their relationships and sexual health. For more information, to register for the course and to find out if you quality for a discount check out the Mooditj page.
Expressions of interest wanted for sexual health training 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 contact us
SHQ seeking an Aboriginal person to join our Aboriginal Education team
SHQ has an exciting opportunity for an Aboriginal person to join our team and work on our Mooditj program.
Do you want to be part of a program helping diverse Aboriginal young people grow into strong, proud and respectful people?
Do you have an interest in relationship and sexual health education?
Perhaps you know our Mooditj program and want to be involved?
This just might be the position you’re looking for! Head over to our Employment page for more information and how to apply.
New resource for facilitators working across cultures
The Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN) have developed a resource for facilitators working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other CaLD communities. The resources provide a guide and a set of questions for facilitators to reflect on when conducting facilitation work with a community of another culture. The questions arose from a challenge that was laid down by Carol Vale, an Indigenous facilitator, at the AFN conference in 2014 in Alice Springs. This began a series of discussions, out of which this set of questions were developed. The AFN have developed a poster and brochure you can view and download by clicking on the links above.
Home HIV test approved for sale in Australia
At the end of last year, HIV-home testing kits were approved for sale in Australia. The test will return results within 15 minutes and means that individuals won’t have to go into a clinic or doctor’s office for a test. They are expected to be on sale early this year. SHQ is excited to announce we will be the WA partner organisation for the at-home HIV tests – more details to come soon.
Community consultation required for new 10 year strategy to reduce family and domestic violence
The WA Department of Communities is seeking community consultation to develop their new 10 year strategy to address family and domestic violence in WA. The strategy is hoping to explore the unique needs and experiences of CaLD people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI+ people and people living in regional WA. For more information on how individuals and organisations can get involved and contribute to the upcoming strategies check out the WA Department of Communities website
New national BBV & STI strategies released
The new BBV and STI strategies were released at the end last year by the Department of Health. The new strategies take in to account the progress we have made in regards to treatment and prevention of HIV and hep C and addressing stigma around living with a STI. To check them out head to the Department of Health website
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SHQ Staff Profile
Welcome to our new monthly section where you will get to meet some awesome SHQ staff!
I’m Jeff, I’m an Educator and I’ve been working at SHQ for a couple of years now. I studied health promotion, then volunteered at Leavers handing out condoms, and was good enough at it to get a job and that’s how I started working in the sexual health field.
What do you love about working at SHQ?
The free condoms! Not really, I love the people I work with, everyone’s working towards a common goal, everyone’s here because they genuinely want to help others and help their community, and that makes you feel really good about coming into work. My friends love getting the free condoms though.
What is something you enjoyed working on/got an opportunity to be a part of at SHQ?
SHQ supported me in running a program called SurfEd. It involved getting a bunch of young people down to Trigg Beach for surf lessons provided by SurfingWA, and then we went to a space and had an informal education session around a number of sexual health topics. Surfing is something I love and can see the benefit of getting people into the ocean, combining that with learning valuable life lessons about staying sexually healthy and happy and being in respectful relationships was something I felt really proud to implement. I was very grateful SHQ supported and encouraged the program.
What would you like to achieve this year?
Not lose anything major because I always do, lost my wallet first week of the year.
If you didn’t work in sexual health, what would you be doing instead?
Looking for my wallet, and probably working around mental health. Predominantly with young men, suicide rates are too high for young males and males in general. I think I would be trying to run activities that give blokes the opportunity to engage in something fun, surfing/footy/camping whatever it is, and incorporating education and opportunities to talk and support each other, aiming to break down barriers to speaking up and seeking help.
What have you been bingeing / doing a lot of recently?
I usually binge watch Dom Sheed kicking the winning goal in 2018 grand final!
Who is someone that inspire you?
Mum is an inspiration for life in general, she’s faced a lot adversity and loss in her life yet is the most positive, motivated and kind person I know. Mum’s the word. In terms of work, the young people you run education sessions with. When you get a group or even an individual who is really keen to learn, it reminds you how important the stuff we teach is and how much they really want the information and the opportunity to have really valuable conversations about sex and relationships.