Women’s sexual and reproductive health: key priorities 2017-2020 is the Victorian Government’s plan to improve the sexual and reproductive health of all Victorian women. The plan focuses on the following key priority areas:
- knowledge and awareness of factors that affect the ability to conceive a child
- access to contemporary, safe and equitable fertility control services to enable Victorians to exercise their reproductive rights\
- early diagnosis, effective treatment and management of specific reproductive health issues, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause, to reduce their impact on women’s health, wellbeing and social participation
- prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmissible infections (such as chlamydia) to reduce their impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health.
The plan is supported by $6.6 million in funding, which will be used to:
- establish a new statewide pregnancy support phone hotline
- create eight new community-based family planning hubs, four of which will be based in regional Victoria
- develop a new app to support the work of the Centre of Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- provide free facial hair laser treatment for women with polycystic ovary syndrome
- deliver family planning training for doctors and nurses, particularly in regional Victoria
- support the continued rollout of endometriosis resources
- work with Aboriginal women and women with disabilities to improve sexual and reproductive health.
The plan also aims to improve women’s health literacy, enhance the knowledge of health professionals and ensure health services can better meet women’s reproductive health needs.
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