CERSH Monthly News Update
CERSH News & Events
University Closure Dates

Please note, The University of Melbourne will be closed from 24 December 2020 until 4 January 2021. All CERSH staff will be on leave over these dates, with some of the team continuing to be on leave throughout January. For general enquiries, please email and you will receive a response as soon as possible.
Victorian Public Abortion and Contraception Tracker (VPACT) Research - Final Survey Now Open

We need your support to track how the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have affected the way that public sexual and reproductive health services have been provided and accessed in Victoria.
We kindly ask that you complete all questions again, based on your observations at this point in time. You need not have completed Survey # 1 or #2 in order to complete this survey.
Complete Final Survey Now
More information about the research:
The Sustainability of the provision of abortion and contraception in the public healthcare system in Victoria throughout COVID-19 pandemic Working Group is conducting this online survey.  It is approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. This research will help us understand the changes that service providers have implemented during the period of COVID-19 pandemic disruption, understand how the restrictions and the changes in service provision have affected peoples access to services over time, and will help the sector to respond to future sexual and reproductive needs during emergencies.
Newsletter for Providers of Contraception and Abortion Care

Did you know CERSH sends a quarterly newsletter, with information relevant to providers of contraception and abortion care. This newsletter is administered by the CERSH, the Royal Women's Hospital and 1800 My Options. With a focus on rural settings in Victoria, the purpose is to:
  • Provide up to date information, resources and tools to support clinicians
  • Connect clinicians to issues in contemporary medical practice related to abortion care and contraception management
  • Document content from the Victorian Rural Clinical Network for Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion
  • Promote forthcoming network meetings and professional training opportunities
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Sexual Health Sector News
The Rural Sexual Health in Youth (RuSHY) Framework

The RuSHY Framework has recently been published. It was developed to improve coordination of sexual health in small towns, and provide guidance to rural communities wanting to plan, implement and evaluate community-based youth (age 16-24) sexual health interventions. The framework was co-designed with a rural WA community, led by Dr Carl Heslop as part of his doctorate studies. 


WHLM Community of Practice Invitation

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee are creating a Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Community of Practice (CoP).  

This CoP aims to bring together those working in this space from across the region. Women’s Health Loddon Mallee will facilitate collaboration, sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the opportunity to encourage one another in our work. We encourage you to share some of the challenges and successes in your work that we can explore together through the CoP. This is not a working group, but a place to share, learn and reenergise. 

Date: 2 February 2021, 10am-11am

Location: Online
Expressions of interest in the CoP, please email Ashleigh:

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PO Box 386 Wangaratta VIC 3676

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