About Us

About the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH)

CERSH is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria through a service agreement with The University of Melbourne, to work across the Hume and Loddon Mallee regions. Our team is led by Professor Jane Tomnay, with staff based at the Department of Rural Health - Wangaratta campus and La Trobe University - Bendigo campus.

  • Our Team

    Our staff team and contact details are:

    CERSH Director

    Professor Jane Tomnay: jtomnay@unimelb.edu.au

    Senior Health Promotion Manager - Hume region

    Kylie Stephens: kylies@unimelb.edu.au

    Sexual Health Physician/Senior Lecturer

    Dr Siobhan Bourke: siobhan.bourke@unimelb.edu.au

    Senior Health Promotion Manager - Loddon Mallee region

    Anne-Marie Kelly: annemarie.kelly@unimelb.edu.au

    Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officer - Loddon Mallee region

    Nyssa Watson: nyssa.watson@unimelb.edu.au

    CERSH Centre Manager

    Position Currently Vacant

    Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officer - Hume region

    Position Currently Vacant

    Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officer - Loddon Mallee region

    Position Currently Vacant

    For all general CERSH enquiries please email : cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au

Our Vision & Work Focus

The vision of CERSH is that all rural Victorians have access to quality sexual health care, information and support that is tailored to their individual needs. CERSH continues to develop sustainable strategies by building collaborations and partnerships between agencies, services and individuals to achieve our vision.

  • Our Priorities

    The purpose of the Centre is to design, implement and evaluate programs that provide practical solutions for the improvement of sexual health in both the Hume and Loddon Mallee Department of Health and Human Services regions in rural Victoria. In achieving this, the Centre’s priority areas are focused on:

    • Rural workforce capacity and development
    • Leadership, research, evaluation and knowledge sharing
    • Affordable reproductive health
  • Our Goals

    The goals that CERSH is working towards, in line with other funded agencies in Victoria, are:

    • Reduced incidence and prevalence of Sexually Transmissible Infections/ Blood Borne Viruses (STI/BBV)
    • Increase in early detection and treatment of STI/BBV
    • Increased best-practice sexual and reproductive health services
    • Increased access to affordable contraception and termination of pregnancy services

Annual Reports & Strategic Plans

Our most recent Annual Report is available here, as well as our current Strategic Plan.