About the Sexual Health Networks
CERSH has established four sexual health networks across regional Victoria. Workers in the clinical, health promotion, education, youth and related fields are welcome to attend network meetings in their local area. Meeting topics are based on identified needs and directed by network attendees.
Networks are currently active in the following areas:
- Goulburn Valley and Northeast Victoria Region– meetings held in Benalla or Wangaratta
- Central Victoria Region – meetings held in Bendigo
- Mallee Region – meetings held in Swan Hill
- Mildura Region - meetings held in Mildura
For information on attending or presenting at a Sexual Health Network meeting in your region please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Objectives of the Networks
The objectives of the networks are:
- To facilitate opportunities for professional development
- To encourage discussion and debate around issues relevant to the local area
- To encourage sharing of promising practices and initiatives
- To encourage service linkages and service integration and to create mutually beneficial opportunities in rural regions
Each network aims to hold at least two meetings per year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on face-to-face meetings, in 2020 CERSH convened two virtual network meetings.
Sexual Health Network Meeting - Sexual Health Promotion and Practice Beyond our Borders
CERSH hosted the second successful virtual Sexual Health Network Meeting in 2020 on 11 November. We invited practitioners from each state to contribute to the theme: “Sexual Health Promotion & Practice Beyond Our Borders”.
A big thanks to: Nikki Brandon from SHINE SA; Dr Carl Heslop Albany Headspace in WA; Kat Byron, Natasha Tatipata & Tassy Alum from the Sexual Health and BBV unit in Northern Territory; Steph Chen & Liz Price Children from Children By Choice in Queensland; Bobby Whybrow & Kate Whitford from Kirby Institute in NSW; and Sarah Day from Macedon Ranges Shire & Rhani Dean-Talbett from WayOut at Cobaw Community Health in Victoria.
The presentations highlighted a wide range of quality programs and initiatives happening throughout Australia. With 53 attendees present, and many more expressing interest in viewing the meeting recordings on-line, the virtual meeting format has helped facilitate connection across our expansive country. The videos from the network meeting will soon be available on the CERSH website.
Sexual Health in the Time of COVID
Thank you to all of the presenters at our first virtual sexual health network meeting. The meeting gave the opportunity for rural workers across Victoria to connect and share their experiences of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were many great projects and interesting resources shared. A list of presentations, resource links and contact details were sent to attendees and can also be accessed here.