Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual and reproductive health affects all women in all stages of their life from childhood to older age.

Sexual and reproductive health issues for women can include:

  • Relationships
  • Pregnancy
  • Motherhood
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexual and reproductive health is a priority that forms a major part of the work conducted at WHISE because:

  1. Young women (46%) are less likely than men (61%) to always use condoms when having sex 1
  2. Rates of gonorrhoea are higher for women than men in the aged group of 10 – 19 years 2
  3. Over half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned 3
  4. Chlamydia is the most common STI in Australia and if left untreated can lead to infertility 4

Exploring the Sexual Health of Older Women aged 50+ in the Southern Metropolitan Region

Existing research shows that women aged 50+ are at increased risk of sexual health related issues but it is not often given the same consideration as physical and mental health. In 2012 WHISE received funding from the Ian Potter Foundation small grants program which allowed for further research into this topic resulting in what we like to call the SHOW Report. The report prompted a deeper exploration into the available literature resulting in the writing of an extensive literature review. To access the report and literature review, click the links below.

SHOW report 2014 [PDF: 969KB]
The sexual health of women aged 50 and over. A Literature Review [PDF: 793KB]
Let's talk about sexual health poster [PDF: 299KB]

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is a clinic staffed by doctors and nurses who test for and treat sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).

1800 032 017

Nurse on Call

A telephone service, staffed by registered nurses who provide health advice to the community, 24 hours a day.

1300 60 60 24

Family Planning Victoria
(03) 9257 0121

Women’s Health Victoria

Publications and resources related to Sexual and Reproductive health

Dr Marie

Provides sexual and reproductive health care to the community through information and advice.
1300 003 707

Women’s Health Information Centre

The women’s health information centre provides women with the opportunity to receive individualised support and advice from experienced women’s health nurses and midwives.
(03) 8345 3045

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Breastfeeding helpline – 1800 686 2 686

Papscreen Victoria

PapScreen Victoria provides information and support for women and health professionals on Pap tests (also called Pap smears).

Breastscreen Victoria

BreastScreen Victoria is a government funded mammographic screening program in Australia for women without breast symptoms or breast... for more information or to make an appointment call 13 20 50


1 Smith A, Agius P, Mitchell A, Berrett C & Pitts M 2009, ‘Secondary students and sexual health 2008: results of the 4th national survey of Australian secondary students, HIV/AIDS and sexual health (PDF: 665KB)’. La Trobe University: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society; 2009 [accessed 18 July 2011].
2 Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing 2008, National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System;
3 Marie Stopes International 2010, ‘Women and abortion
4 Marie Stopes International, 2010, ‘Chlamydia Q&A’s brochure