Revamp for Victoria’s sexual health service

More Victorian women will be able to easily access expert advice on sexual and reproductive health issues, thanks to a modern makeover of the Family Planning Victoria Action Centre in Melbourne.

Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy officially opened the refurbished clinic in the city, made possible by a co-contribution of $50,000 from the Victorian Government.

Family Planning Victoria is the state’s provider of services, education and training for sexual and reproductive health issues.

The revamp of its home base will allow more women to get the support and services they need – such as long-acting reversible contraception and medical termination of pregnancies – when they need it.

This includes extending the delivery of contraception to women of all ages, as well as re-launching support groups for same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people. The service will also be able to offer more training for primary care professionals on women’s reproductive and sexual health issues.

The makeover was part of Victoria’s first-ever Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Plan launched earlier in 2017, supported by $6.6 million in new funding from the Government.

The strategy includes:

  • Providing free facial hair laser treatment for women with polycystic ovary syndrome at the Centre of Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Delivering family planning training for doctors and nurses, particularly in regional Victoria
  • Establishing eight community-based sexual and reproductive health hubs, four of which will be in regional Victoria
  • Supporting the continued rollout of endometriosis resources
  • Working with Aboriginal women and women with disabilities to improve sexual and reproductive health.

Victorian women will also be able to access confidential, evidence-based advice and support with Women’s Health Victoria, chosen to establish and operate Victoria’s first women’s reproductive health phone line.

Source: Vic Government