Sexual & Reproductive Health
Good sexual and reproductive health is fundamental to a positive identity and the enjoyment of social relationships. Sexual and reproductive health issues however, are a major contributor to illness and death, particularly for women. Sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy, homophobia and reproductive cancers amongst others, are largely preventable. For this reason, Women’s Health East has identified sexual and reproductive health as a priority for 2014 to 2017, with the aim of developing a strategic approach to this issue within the Eastern Metropolitan Region.
Women’s wellbeing can be influenced significantly by sexual and reproductive health factors, including puberty, sexuality, relationships, contraception, fertility, reproductive cancers and menopause. Women’s sexual and reproductive health is also influenced by a number of social and environmental determinants, including culture, sexuality, education, disability and age; as well as individual risk factors and behaviours. Sexual and reproductive health promotion can address many of these issues, by providing women with the information, resources and services that they need to optimise their health.
In April 2016, Women’s Health East launched the Eastern Metropolitan Region Sexual & Reproductive Health Needs Analysis. This needs analysis was developed in consultation with a wide variety of organisations from across the sector, and identifies and prioritises some of the issues that lead to sexual and reproductive health disadvantage for women in this region.
For more information on sexual and reproductive health search our Resources section, using the topic: Sexual & Reproductive Health.
The Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV) document ‘Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014–2018’ (pdf), suggests the development of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy is a priority for action.