headspace Albany is pleased to announce a new Sexual Health service for young people in Partnership with Pioneer Health, commencing Friday 7th September, and every second Friday from 2.30 - 4.30 pm.
“This is a really important service to be able to offer young people” said headspace Albany Manager Andrew Wenzel. “While we know that mental health issues are the most common health problem experienced by young people, the increasing rates of Sexually Transmitted infections such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are growing at an alarming rate for conditions that are easily and completely preventable.”
In 2016 there were 71,751 new cases of Chlamydia diagnosed, and three quarters of these were in young people aged 15-29. Gonorrhoea and syphilils are increasing in young people. The rates of gonorrhoea infection in young people from Rural and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are higher than they are in city populations.
“The new ‘Sexy Friday’ Sexual health service at headspace Albany clearly fills a need for easy and confidential prevention, testing and treating in young people. While lots of young people are aware of the importance of contraception, there seems to be a bit of a disconnect when it comes to STIs and how to prevent them.” said Andrew
The service will be via appointment or walk-in and all services will be free or billed through Medicare - no out of pocket expenses for young people.
It’s available for all young people - not just headspace Albany clients.
Sexual Health Nurse Allison will be able to talk to young people - singles or couples - about respectful relationships, sex education, contraception advice, and sexually transmitted infection screening. And there are free condoms and dams.
Young people can ring headspace Albany and ask to see Allison, - so there’s no shame about having to ask about Sexual Health appointments.