This year NAIDOC Week (July 8-15) celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, and our history.
SHQ staff are particularly inspired by this year’s theme ‘Because of her, we can!’ We reflect on the many achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and recognise that their strength and passion has paved the way for future generations.
Our staff are excited to celebrate Aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week, and share their sexual health knowledge at the following community events:
• Tuesday 10th July 10am-3pm at Memorial Park in Armadale
• Thursday 12th July 10:30am-3pm at Ashfield Reserve in Ashfield.
Bring your family down for a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment for all ages. Don’t forget to visit SHQ staff for free condoms and competition giveaways (and check out our snazzy new NAIDOC t-shirts!).
For more NAIDOC information visit www.naidoc.org.au
Calling all men for Andrology Australia research
Have you ever wanted to find out about a health issue, but didn’t know where to go or how to find the right information?
You’re not alone. Men are less likely to access health information or visit a doctor than women. Men also don’t live as long and have more health risks than women. Men need to know more about looking after their health.
Mooditj is a relationships and sexual health program for Aboriginal young people aged 10 to 14 years old, developed and delivered by SHQ for 15 years. Aboriginal educators Rose and Shelley deliver Mooditj Leader Training to community members who work with young Aboriginal people across Western Australia. Over the years there have been over a thousand people trained who have provided lots of feedback and recommendations for the program.
In 2017 a review of the Mooditj program was completed. This highlighted the current needs of Aboriginal youth. SHQ was successful in receiving funding from Healthway for a two-year project to expand and adapt the current Mooditj program. The new Mooditj program – Mooditj 2 – will focus on relationships and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.
The new project is guided and supported by a reference group. Shelley is co-ordinating the overall project, while Rose is directing the development of the educational content.
The project is currently finalising consultations with communities including Geraldton, Leonora and the Perth metropolitan area. Based on a combination of feedback from the review, communities, and analysis of current research into Aboriginal youth health and wellbeing, a draft program will be developed and piloted in the Midland area (in partnership with Koya Aboriginal Corporation). After evaluation, the next step will be to train and support community members to trial the draft program with young people in their community. The new program will then be ready to be rolled out throughout Western Australia.
Free cervical screening appointments
SHQ is pleased to once again be offering free cervical screening appointments in July. Call 9227 6177 to make an appointment.
Please bring your Medicare card, or call us to discuss pathology costs.
Calling trans and gender diverse young people
Trans or gender diverse? 11-18 years old? Want to help develop an online game to prevent depression in trans and gender diverse young people?
Telethon Kids want you to have your say on how to adapt an existing online game to suit the needs of trans and gender diverse young people.
Participation involves attending two focus groups, completing a short questionnaire, spending some time trialling the existing game, and providing feedback on how it can be changed to best suit trans and gender diverse young people like you.
Food will be provided at the focus groups and they will thank you for your contribution with a gift voucher (11-13 year olds will need consent from a parent/guardian). Register your interest by emailing Dani at firstname.lastname@example.org
Undetectable = Untransmittable campaign
SHQ is proud to join the Prevention Access #UequalsU movement to declare that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on through sexual activity.