SexRurality Conference 2023
The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) biannual conference - SexRurality 2023 - was recently held in Creswick. It was a resounding success with 150 people in attendance, including students and professionals from across many disciplines.
The 2023 SexRurality Conference was held in April and is run by the University of Melbourne, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).
Presentations highlighted regional and rural sexual health challenges and shone a spotlight on innovative projects and solutions. All participants shared knowledge and built new or consolidated established networks – a priority for the rural workforce.
Across two days, participants enjoyed plenary speakers covering topics from disability to inclusion, emerging technologies and Indigenous initiatives, as well as four streams where the rural workforce showcased their work.
Keynote speaker, Chantelle Otten, a Melbourne based Psycho-Sexologist at the SexRurality 2023 conference.
Participants were also treated to a fantastic performance by the ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
At the conclusion of the conference, it was clear that a great time was had by everyone in attendance. With contact details exchanged and new friendships made, the passion for rural and regional sexual health post-COVID is alive and booming.
CERSH develop and maintain strong partnerships and collaborations with key agencies, networks and individuals within their regions to deliver positive health promotion outcomes.
About the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH)
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.
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. The team is led by Professor Jane Tomnay, with staff based at the Department of Rural Health - Wangaratta campus and La Trobe University - Bendigo campus.