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SHQ Review January 2018

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Welcome to our new-look enewsletter, SHQ Review! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead bringing you all the latest in sexual and reproductive health news.

Celebrate National Condom Day this February

SHQ are super excited to announce that our National Condom Day webpage is now live! Staff are currently knee deep in condoms as we prepare for what is sure to be another great year of promoting safe sex.

If you haven’t heard of National Condom Day before, the state-wide campaign takes place annually on February 14. What better time than Valentine’s Day to promote healthy sexual relationships and remind people about the importance of getting and giving consent!

The theme of National Condom Day this year is ‘Got CAKE?’

Firstly, who doesn’t love cake? Secondly (and most importantly), using the CAKE acronym can provide a helpful reminder when it comes to consent:

C – Consent

A – Ask first – Both partners of legal age actively agree to take part in sexual activities without fear, coercion or intimidation.

K – Keep safe – Both partners have the right to use condoms and other contraception to protect themselves from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.

E – Every time – Both partners have the freedom to choose when and what sexual activities to take part in, and the freedom to change their mind at any time.

If National Condom Day sounds right up your alley, jump on board!

Check out the web page at https://shq.org.au/national-condom-day-2018/, where you can access heaps of great links as well as free online campaign resources, including downloadable posters, bunting, event and activity ideas, a social media toolkit and more.

Don’t forget to show us your preparations and celebrations by tagging SHQ in your posts and using #CondomDay2018 and #gotCAKE. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates.

What’s on in the Media – Home Test Kits and LARCS

There has been some media attention lately around home testing kits and Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs).

The side effects from long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) reported in the media are not typical and should not deter women from using the highly effective forms of contraception. International studies indicate a high level of long-term satisfaction with LARCs.

The majority of women with an IUD or Implanon experience no or minimal side effects only. Those who do have irregular bleeding often find it settles down a few months after insertion. Women are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their doctor.

Home test kits for STIs and HIV provide a good option for people who won’t or can’t attend at a healthcare setting for testing.

Although home testing can be a good option, HIV testing should be followed up by a health care provider. This allows both a greater accuracy in test results, as well as appropriate, immediate referrals to support services if required.

If you have any questions about home test kits or LARCS, please contact our Sexual Health Helpline on 9227 6177/1800 198 205.

Reproductive and Sexual Health Australian Clinical Practice Handbook – chapter update

The updated chapter of the Reproductive and Sexual Health Australian Clinical Practice Handbook (3rd ed.) is now available.


RELATE Professional Development

RELATE is a respectful relationships education program for secondary schools. Read more about RELATE

SHQ is seeking expressions of interest for a 1-day RELATE professional development for teachers on Monday 16 April 2018.

To register your interest or find out more please email relate@shq.org.au

Upcoming Training at SHQ

Mooditj Leader Training

Perth: 13-16 March 2018

Mooditj is a very popular and award-winning program for Aboriginal young people aged 10-14 years. The purpose of the program is to help build strong young Aboriginal people who can make positive and informed choices about their relationships and sexual health.

Mooditj Leader Training is a four-day course that builds the knowledge, skills and confidence to run Mooditj groups for young people. The training is interactive and fun. It is designed for Aboriginal community members or anyone who works with Aboriginal young people in their community.

For more information and to download the registration form please click here click here.

Nuts and Bolts

Perth: 26-28 March; 17-19 July; 30 October – 1 November 2018

This course develops the core knowledge, attitudes and skills required to have conversations, provide information and support for young people around respectful relationships and sexual health issues. It is made up of one core day and two full day electives.

Nuts and Bolts has been designed for youth workers and others in the youth sector. It is suitable for a wide range of people working with young people including Aboriginal health workers, AIEOs, SEWB workers and other mental health workers, AOD workers, peer educators and health promotion workers.

For more information and to download the registration form please click here:


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.