Understanding models for delivering sexual health services in rural Victoria
There is little research about what outcomes are produced from different rural sexual health service delivery models, and what is significant about the varying conditions in which the models operate. Most literature on this topic originates from the United Kingdom and focuses on sexual health service models in urban locations (Baraitser et al., 2011; Black et al., 2012; Edelman et al., 2013; Forbes et al., 2009; French et al., 2006). Within the Australian context there is relatively little data about how different rural sexual health service models are delivered, and the influence of context upon this. Existing literature notes that rural young people are disproportionately represented amongst Chlamydia cases (Yeung et al., 2014). This may be due to a range of barriers including geographical location, limited choice of health care professionals, concerns about confidentiality and stigma, acceptability of the existing service, and cost. These barriers are all linked in some way to models of sexual health service delivery (Tomnay, Bourke & Fairley, 2014). However, there is little published research to date that explores the relationship between these models and outcomes for service users in rural areas.
This research project seeks to understand and compare how different rural sexual health service models operate in varying contexts to produce outcomes for service users. The outcomes from this project will be of interest to policy makers, community health and other organisations that have a stake in the delivery of rural sexual health services.
For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.