Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy


About Good Health Down South

Yearly Action Plans

Yearly Progress Snapshots



Forums and Webinars


About Good Health Down South

Good Health Down South: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region 2018-2021 was launched in August 2018, and is a 3-year region-wide Strategy that promotes, celebrates and guides future directions that continuously improve Sexual and Reproductive (SRH) outcomes throughout the Southern Metropolitan Region (SMR).

This Strategy is the result of a consultative process with 16 organisations, including local and state government organisations, non-government organisations and other organisations and groups.

The development of the Strategy has been guided by a sexual and reproductive health promotion framework (WHW 2011) that acknowledges the multiplicity of factors that impact on health and wellbeing.

The role and purpose of the Strategy is to promote and improve SRH amongst all people throughout the SMR. Implementation will be overseen by a Steering Committee, comprised of senior representative. A Community of Practice will be responsible for implementing the annual action plans, it will be comprised of practitioners in the region working in SRH.

Together we will coordinate multiple reinforcing activities across the SMR focused on local needs and priorities in the community. By working together, organisations in the SMR will benefit from increased coordination and collaboration, capacity building, and be able to coordinate advocacy to improve the overall SRH of the SMR.

If you would like to become involved in the Strategy, please contact Health Promotion Officer, Jess Elsworth via email:

Good Health Down South is supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. 

Yearly Action Plans

Good Health Down South Third Year Action Plan [PDF: 271KB]

Good Health Down South Second Year Action Plan [PDF: 769KB]

Good Health Down South First Year Action Plan [PDF: 962KB]

Yearly Progress Snapshots

Good Health Down South Year One Snapshot [PDF: 1.1MB]


  • Cardinia Shire
  • Central Bayside Community Health Services
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • Connect Health & Community
  • Department of Education and Training
  • enliven
  • Family Planning Victoria
  • Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Hepatitis Victoria
  • Jean Hailes for Women's Health
  • Kooweerup Regional Health Service
  • Monash Health
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Peninsula Health
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault
  • South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
  • Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership
  • Star Health


Medical Abortion Education Information Session Evaluation Report

In consultation and collaboration with key partners and stakeholders, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) facilitated two sessions in September, 2020, to increase primary health practitioners’ awareness, clinical skill and knowledge of medical abortion with the intention to increase women’s access in primary care settings.

This evaluation report provides important insights into health practitioners’ views around the barriers as well as motivating factors for those interested in becoming a provider of medical abortion.

Download the full report [PDF: 2.54MB]

Download the snapshot [PDF: 358KB]

African Diaspora Women's Voices in the South East

As part of the Strategy, this consultation report aims to identify culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, experiences in accessing health services and information as well as any barriers they might have come across when seeking information or support. 

In collaboration with the Female and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP), WHISE was able to engage with several African communities within the Southern Metropolitan Region to facilitate the recruitment and cooperation of participants.

Download the full report [PDF: 1.3MB]

Download the snapshot [PDF: 276KB]

Sexuality Education Advocacy 

The Good Health Down South partnership strongly advocates for the need of effective and comprehensive sexuality education (SE) within secondary schools. This document highlights the importance of sexuality education in the school setting, international and national evidence, young people’s attitudes and resources available for schools. 

Sexuality Education a Priority for Secondary Schools [PDF: 982KB]

IDAHOBIT Toolkit 2021

The Good Health Down South partnership has developed a supporter toolkit for schools for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (or IDAHOBIT). The aim of IDAHOBIT is to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community and raise awareness about how we can create inclusive communities and challenge discrimination. Download the IDAHOBIT Day Supporter toolkit for Schools [PDF:541KB].

National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health – Executive Summary 

This document provides a concise summary of ‘The 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health’ conducted by La Trobe University.  

Executive Summary [PDF: 827KB]

Forums and Webinars

Let's Talk About Good Health Down South Webinar

On 5 May 2020, over 70 participants from various organisations, including Community Health Services, Schools, Department of Education, Local Government and Women’s Health Services came together online to join the ‘Let’s Talk about Good Health Down South’ webinar. Dr Andrea Waling delivered an informative keynote on the intersection of body image, social media and sexual health. Dr Christopher Fisher provided a presentation on the most recent findings of the National Sexual Health Survey, and Jacquie O'Brien concluded the webinar with an overview of COVIDs impact on sexual and reproductive access and rights.

Webinar Evaluation Snapshot [PDF: 552KB]

Let’s Talk About Good Health Down South Forum 2019

The first GHDS forum was held on Tuesday 28 May 2019 at Dandenong Civic Centre. It brought together 60 stakeholders in the SMR to hear and learn about a range of different sexual and reproductive health topics and an opportunity to provide input into future initiatives of GHDS. 

Speakers for the forum included Jess Elsworth from WHISE; Cathy Halmarick from Peninsula Health; Carolyn Mogharbel from 1800 My Options; Dr Amy Webster from WHV; Jen Hargrave from Women with Disabilities Victoria; Renea Camilleri from Jean Hailes for Women’s Health; and Sue Moreira from Family Planning Victoria.


Superheroes of SRH

As part of a sexual and reproductive health campaign in September 2019, WHISE and partners of Good Health Down South profiled four superheroes who work to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women in the southeast. The campaign also shared important information and dispel myths about sexually transmitted infections, contraception, abortion, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other sexual health concerns. Read more about the campaign.