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Culturally diverse sexual health services

Have questions about sexual health but worried about a language or cultural barrier? There are national services, as well as state/territory based services, that specialise in catering to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse young people in Australia. Find out who can help you in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, QueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoria, and Western Australia.

This could be helpful if:

  • English isn't your first language
  • You come from a culturally diverse background
  • Have questions about sexual health
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National Services

Sexual Health & Family Planning Australia (SH&FPA) is the national peak body for sexual health and family planning organisations in Australia.

The Multicultural Women’s’ Health Australia is run by and for women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds, and aims to better the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women.

Victoria

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) will help you get informed about STIs, how to protect yourself, and where to go if you want to get tested with their Multicultural Health and Support Service.

The Victorian Refugee Health Network brings health and community services together to be more accessible and responsive to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers. You can also read stories of survival from refugees living in Australia.

Family Planning Victoria provides information on sexual and reproductive healthcare. Their Action Clinic, in the Melbourne CBD, is also especially for people aged under 25.

New South Wales

Family Planning NSW provides information about sexual and reproductive health for young people including fact sheets in a variety of different languages for non-English speakers. Email or call their Talkline for contraceptive, reproductive and sexual health information and referral, and find your nearest clinic to make an appointment online.

Visit the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service website for fact sheets about HIV and hepatitis in a variety of different languages for non-English speakers.

South Australia

Shine SA is a leading sexual health agency in South Australia, providing information and resources for a variety of sexual-health related issues, with specific attention given to young women in multicultural communities.

Western Australia

The Family Planning Association of Western Australia Inc (FPWA) provides specialist services in sexual and reproductive health.You can call or email their Sexual Health Helpline and ask for any info or advice anonymously and confidentially.

Tasmania

Family Planning Tasmania Inc (FPT) provides information about sexual and reproductive health. If you’d like to have your questions answered over the phone, you can call 6228 5244.

Northern Territory

Family Planning NT aims to promote sexual health and rights for individuals within the Northern Territory. Check out their Facebook page for opening dates of the Youth Clinic.

Queensland

Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) provides information on a variety of sexual health-related issues. 

The Queensland Refugee Health Service provides state-wide healthcare to refugees and asylum seekers.

World Wellness Group (WWG) focuses on multicultural health and wellbeing, with specific attention paid to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The WWG General Practitioner offers:
• Preparation of Mental Health Care Plans
• GP services for physical and mental health issues
• Referral letters to specialists

All visits will be bulk-billed for holders of a current Medicare card. You can contact them on: 31700 435, or email at: referrals@worldwellnessgroup.org.au

The Gold Coast Sexual Health Service provides general sexual health services for free, such as:
• STI and HIV testing and treatment
• sexual health screening
• chlamydia screening program
• sexual health information, counselling, education, and advice.

You can contact them on: (07) 5576 9033, or via email: sexualhealthgc@health.qld.gov.au

Women’s Medical Gold Coast is a casual and friendly clinic staffed only by female doctors, with a particular focus on international students. It's located at Suite 12, 79 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and can be reached by phone on: 0755 206244.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) runs sexual health workshops, support groups, resources and information sessions at high schools with a large population of international students. 

Australian Capital Territory

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) recognises that young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face barriers in accessing improved sexual and reproductive health.

What can I do now?

  • Get more info on sexual health.
  • Find a sexual health clinic.
  • Learn more about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Last reviewed: 20 August, 2015
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