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SHQ Review July 10 2019

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Syphilis in the City campaign

In response to the syphilis epidemic in Perth, SHQ has launched a campaign to get the message out there about the seriousness of syphilis. Below is our handy infographic with the key information everyone should know about syphilis.

SHQ talks to RTRFM about syphilis

Our Medical Director Richelle Douglas spoke to RTRFM 92.1 about what is happening with syphilis in the metro area. To listen to the interview follow
this link to RTRFM’s website.

Do you work with young people and want to know more about syphilis?

Check out our SHARE Meeting on July 16th to learn about all things syphilis-related. This SHARE Meeting will have all the information you need to know to speak to young people about syphilis, and network with others working in the same area. For more information and to register check out the Eventbrite page.

Check out our new syphilis blog

We wrote a blog for young people to unpack what syphilis is, the symptoms, where they can get a test and how to protect themselves. Check it out on the
Get the Facts website.

Do you have any syphilis questions?

For more information about syphilis contact the Sexual Health Helpline on 9227 6178 (metro) / 1800 198 205 (country) or email on sexhelp@shq.org.au

Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for links to articles, information and to find out what spots our syphilis toy visited!

Community News

NAIDOC WEEK July 7th – July 14th

This week is NAIDOC Week! This year’s theme is Voice, Treaty, Truth: Let’s work together for a shared future. We will attending NAIDOC Family Day at Ashfield Reserve on July 11th – here is a link to the Facebook event. To find out what is happening near you head over to the NAIDOC website.

New sexual health and blood-borne virus strategies and resources announced

Last week Hon. Roger Cook announced the release of the new sexual health and blood-borne virus strategies to tackle the rates of STIs and BBVs in Western Australia, with a focus on particular high risk groups and areas.

The Syphilis Outbreak Response Plan and the Talk, Test, Treat, Trace manual were also announced to address the syphilis outbreak in regional WA, and guide professionals to address the high rates of STIs in Aboriginal people. For more information check out the media statement.

SECCA develops new resource around sexuality and rights

SECCA have released a new resource about sexual health, sexuality and rights. The resource covers topics like dating, contraception, gender, sex work, pornography, unhealthy relationships and internet safety. The resource is for everyone and for all abilities – to download a digital copy
head to the SECCA website.

SHQ seeking expressions of interest from LGBTI+ people for reference group

SHQ are seeking to achieve Rainbow Tick accreditation; as part of this process we are looking to establish an external reference group of LGBTI+ community members. The purpose of the reference group will be to provide guidance and feedback on the continuous development of LGBTI+ inclusive practice at SHQ.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals for the reference group. Participation in the reference group will be voluntary, with compensation for time and travel expenses to be determined once the number of group members is confirmed.

To submit your EOI, please follow this link here or contact Kat

Inter-partner violence and sexual assault experiences in LGBTIQ+ men in Australia

ACON and Western Sydney University recently released a report exploring the experiences of inter-partner violence and sexual assault of gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer men in Australia. To read or download the report check out the link.

RELATE Manuals 20% off until end of July

RELATE is a respectful relationships program for Year 7 – 10 which provides comprehensive curriculum that promotes sexual health and respectful relationships using a whole school approach. We are offering 20% the RELATE manuals until end of July! Check out the RELATE page on our website for more information and to order your manuals today.

Australasian Sexual Health and HIV & AIDS Conferences September 16th – 19th

The Australasian Sexual Health Conference and the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference are coming to Perth from September 16th – 19th. Registrations are coming to a close shortly so get in quick. To register, click here. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Training Opportunities

SHQ offering LGBTI+ diversity training for professionals

We are excited to announce we are 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 are available to organisations who sign-up early and support us in piloting this new area of work.

For more information, pricing and to book the training please email Karen

IUD Training for Doctors and Nurses 2019

SHQ offers IUD insertion training for doctors and nurses who want to upskill. The training is open to anyone who is registered with AHPRA as a medical practitioner or nurse. The next date for upcoming training is Tuesday October 1st 2019. For more information and to apply, click here.

Scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Doctor and Nurse

In support of the Close the Gap campaign, SHQ is offering scholarships for one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor and one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurse to attend one of our Certificate Programs for FREE! For more information and to see how to apply for a potential scholarship check out the link here.

Nuts and Bolts
October 14th – 16th 2019

Relationships and sexual health are what young people want and need to talk about. Nuts and 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.

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

Tools of the Trade
October 17th – 18th 2019

Have you attended our Nuts and Bolts or Bare Essentials training and want to learn about facilitation skills? Do you want to know how you can develop your own sexual health sessions or program? This is the course for you! Tools of Trade provides you with the knowledge and skills to recognise the sexual health needs of a group, plan sexual health education sessions, and apply group facilitation skills.

Discounts available for WA Youth Workers! For more information and to find out how to register, click here.

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 below.

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.

Want more updates about what we are up to at SHQ? Check out our social media pages!


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.