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Sexual and Reproductive Health Resources
This page contains WHIN's sexual and reproductive health resources. For information on WHIN's work in this area go to the Sexual and Reproductive Health page.
On this Page:
- Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Factsheets
- A Strategy for Going South in the North
- Going South in the North
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Factsheets
- Girls Talk Health Resource Booklet
- Young People in Melbourne's North say NO! to Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
- Position Statement on Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Position Statement
- Pridentity: Inclusive Sexuality Education Kit
- Women's Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) Proposal for Statewide Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy
WHIN has produced a new series of factsheets on female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female circumcision.
Each of the three factsheets is for a different audience: young women, women who have been circumcised, and health professionals.
The factsheets contain information such as why FGC happens, where it is practised, the different types of FGC, how it impacts on women's and girls' health, and where to get help and information.
Download the FGC factsheets here:
On Tuesday 5th July, WHIN launched A Strategy for Going South in the North which is the sexual and reproductive health strategy for the northern metropolitan region. The strategy is the product of three years of needs analysis and consultation activities across the region, including the development of Going South in the North: A snapshot of the sexual and reproductive health status of women living in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region and the establishment of the Northern Metropolitan Region Sexual and Reproductive Health Network.
The vision of A Strategy for Going South in the North is a northern metropolitan region of Melbourne where:
- women, men and service providers are educated about and have a developed understanding of sexual and reproductive health;
- sexual and reproductive health services are appropriate and accessible; and
- all women and men are free to express their sexuality without experiencing ill health, discrimination or abuse.
The strategy has been developed to foster collaborative action across health organisations in the region and promote sexual and reproductive health as a priority health issue. A Strategy for Going South in the North will be supported by an action plan detailing organisational commitment and will be developed over the next 12 months.
Download the Strategy here:
Going South in the North: A snapshot of the sexual and reproductive health status of women living in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region is a scoping paper which documents the current sexual and reproductive health data and statistics for the northern metropolitan region (NMR). It also describes the social, cultural and economic context of the NMR and the influence that this has on women's health. Together, this creates a picture of the sexual and reproductive health status of women living in the region.
Going South in the North documents and sets the scene for WHIN's future work to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women in the Melbourne's NMR It is also intended for use by WHIN's partner organisations to inform the development of their own responses to women's sexual and reproductive health.
Download Going South in the North here:
WHIN has produced a series of fact sheets that provide a snapshot of the sexual and reproductive health status of women in the NMR. The factsheets provide data about fertility, contraception, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, cervical screening, HPV immunisation, Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and sexual assault, and are available for the northern metropolitan region, each of the seven local government areas (LGAs) and a factsheet specific to young women.
Download the 2016 Sexual and Reproductive Health Factsheets:
WHIN is happy to announce the completion of the sexual and reporductive health education resource Girls Talk Health. It documents WHIN's current work delivering sexual and reproductive health education in the NMR and has a focus on FGC.
Download the resource here.
WHIN asked young people in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne what their views are on FGC. The video below shows their response.
WHIN supports the abandonment of Female Genital Cutting. Our full position statement can be accessed here.
WHIN advocates that women need to have voice, choice and power in maintaining positive sexual and reproductive health. Our full position statement can be accessed here.
Pridentity stands for pride + identity and is an education program to help students become informed about sexuality and sexual diversity, the myths and facts about same-sex attraction and transgender issues, homophobia and bullying, and gender stereotypes.
Developed in 2011, the Pridentity Resource Kit is the culmination of many years of successful in-school workshops focusing on inclusive sexuality education for secondary school students. The Kit is designed for teachers and community workers. It provides lesson plans, activities and links to further resources to support teaching practice that is inclusive, interactive and fun.
WHIN launched the Kit and held a workshop on how to use it on Tuesday 23rd August 2011. To access the Pridentity Resource click here.
Women's Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) Proposal for Statewide Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy
This proposal puts forward the need for a Victorian Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy. There is potential to exercise leadership on this issue by drawing together existing initiatives and responding where gaps exist in sexual and reproductive health to provide a strong framework for action. This represents a major opportunity for the State Government to act decisively and draw on the immense capacity of the sector to develop a Victorian Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.
The Women’s Health Association of Victoria strongly advocates for the development and implementation of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy that is informed by current research and consultations to achieve the following:
- Strengthen health promotion initiatives that work to redress the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health, particularly for the population groups outlined on page 4.
- Provide an integrated approach to sexual and reproductive health policy, health promotion, service and program delivery.
- Ensure sexual and reproductive health rights are protected and upheld.
There currently exist clear opportunities to eliminate barriers to, and promote, sexual and reproductive health. The simple but tangible responses presented here will enable the sector to respond more effectively to sexual and reproductive health and create better outcomes for all Victorians. Read the complete document here.