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What’s new at SHQ! New research, teacher training, Pap test updates and more!

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Have you heard about RELATE?

RELATE is an innovative and dynamic Respectful Relationship Education program that aims to provide teachers and students with comprehensive, evidence-based, good practice sessions that promote respectful relationships and sexual health using a whole school approach.  Written by WA teachers and sexual health education experts, it is linked to the WA curriculum and Health Promoting Schools Framework.

The first RELATE workshop is happening on Monday March 20th! Are you a Year 8, 9 or 10 Health Ed teacher who wants to find out the what, why and how of RELATE? Be one of the first teachers in WA to participate in this PD about essential issues for our young people today. Register now at https://shq.org.au/course/relate-workshop/

New research at SHQ

We are pleased to announce we are supporting important new research around client experiences following an STI diagnosis.

Coordinated by the University of WA, the research will aim to identify and assess factors that contribute to a client’s experience when receiving an STI diagnosis. The results will be used to help inform service delivery at SHQ.

Clients who are interested in participating and receive an STI diagnosis will be contacted via telephone and asked a few short questions. All client information will be treated as strictly confidential.

If you would like to participate please speak to someone at Reception, or phone Dr Richelle Douglas or Dr Alison Creagh on 9227 6177 for more information.

National Condom Day 2017

A few weeks ago we celebrated National Condom Day on Valentine’s Day! We were super-pleased to support nearly 50 organisations to host their own celebrations and participate in such an important campaign! We also had a fantastic display in our waiting room with posters, bunting, frisbees, postcards, pamphlets – and Condom Day wouldn’t be complete without bowls of free condoms! Speaking of condoms, we gave away nearly 4,000!

We hope everyone enjoyed National Condom Day as much as we did – thanks to everyone who took part and helped raise awareness of important messages around confidence and consent.

An update on Mycoplasma genitalium: an emerging cause of STIs

Read our latest blog post on this important issue, as well as our recent press release.

Talk to a health professional or make an appointment at our Northbridge clinic if you would like to know more about Mycoplasma genitalium.

Changes to Pap tests in Australia

The Commonwealth Department of Health recently announced that there will be a delay in the start date for the National Cancer Screening Register, and that the new testing program will now begin on 1 December 2017.

Read our information sheet, ‘Pap tests are changing in Australia – what does this mean for you?’ https://shq.org.au/service/pap-smears/

New resources at SHQ

Bookshop news

New editions of two popular texts have come out of the Eastern States this year:


Reproductive & Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook (3rd Ed.) Family Planning NSW. 2016

A practical guide to the management of reproductive and sexual health problems in the primary care setting. New topics include early pregnancy related problems and pelvic floor disorders.

Contraception: an Australian clinical practice handbook (4th Ed.) Family Planning NSW, Family Planning Victoria, True Relationships and Reproductive Health. 2016

Contraception: An Australian clinical practice handbook is co-authored by medical experts from Family Planning NSW, Family Planning Victoria and True Relationships and Reproductive Health. The Handbook, now in its fourth edition, provides up to date, accurate information on all available contraceptive methods and related clinical practice for health-care professionals. The content is based on extensive research, review and critical analysis of the most recent evidence-based literature and research.

Please visit our online shop https://shq.org.au/shop/ for more information and to purchase these and other resources (also available to borrow from the library collection soon). For more information please email resources@shq.org.au

Emergency contraception update

More emergency contraception options than ever before are now available over the counter.

Read our new Emergency Contraception sheet 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.