Victoria

Victoria’s first sexual and reproductive health helpline

The Victorian Government’s new helpline for Victorian women seeking timely and trusted information on sexual and reproductive health issues will start taking callers in March 2018.

Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy officially launched 1800 My Options, Victoria’s first ever state-wide sexual and reproductive health phone line.

1800 My Options will provide Victorians with sexual and reproductive health information, and direct them to clinical services such as contraception, pharmacy services, counselling support, termination providers and a range of other services.

The phone line is free and confidential, with highly-trained, experienced and sensitive staff who have extensive knowledge in sexual and reproductive health issues.

The Government has provided $1.76 million over four years to set up the phone line, operated by Women’s Health Victoria – a trusted, independent, statewide not-for-profit health promotion organisation.

In addition to the new phone line, there is also new women’s reproductive health information on the Better Health Channel. It provides comprehensive, evidence-based information about women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Both the phone line and online information are part of Victoria’s first-ever Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which is supported by $6.6 million in Government funding. The strategy sets out key actions to reduce barriers and service gaps that affect women’s access to reproductive and sexual health services.

One year on, a number of initiatives have commenced, including two community-based reproductive health hubs located in Bendigo and Melbourne’s west, with another two to open in 2018, and the provision of free facial hair laser treatment for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome at the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.

The Strategy also provided a revamp of the Family Planning Victoria’s Action Centre, which has allowed more women than ever to get the support and services they need.

Source: Vic Government