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We're the oldest sexual health service in NSW. We're a community-oriented centre offering specialist expertise in STIs and HIV. Opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and may not be those of SSHC. To stay up to date with the latest news on sexual health, follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/SydneySHC/ https://twitter.com/SydneySHC
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In this episode we take a steamy look at what it is like to offer sexual health testing in a sex on premises venue (SOPV). First we meet Ty, one of the managers of 357 Sydney City Steam. He takes us on a guided tour through what it is like to visit a sauna and shares some of his inspiration for making 357 a welcoming space for a diverse clientele. …
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Trans and gender diverse healthcare is often seen as a niche specialty. Though there are things that we can all be doing to make sure we are affirming and welcoming.In this podcast we discuss the structural barriers trans and gender diverse people face when accessing health services, some of the services available, the new LGBTIQ+ NSW Health Strate…
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In this episode we meet Bronwyn Leece. Bronwyn has worked in sexual health promotion since the 1980s. She shares her experiences of working in sexual health education in schools, the impacts of HIV/AIDS on the work through the 80s and 90s, her time working in India, the evolution of sexual health promotion over this time, more recent resources for …
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In this episode we meet Mel, a heterosexual woman living with HIV who was diagnosed in western Sydney.She is a mum, works fulltime, and is on the board of Positive Life NSW. She shares her experience of diagnosis in Australia, offers some advice for heterosexual people living with HIV, and shares how she found her community.Resources:https://www.po…
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On this episode we meet Clinical Nurse Specialist Cherie Bennett. Cherie wears many hats, including being a sessional academic at the University of Wollongong, CHART Program Manager at the Kirby Institute, a medical educator at ASHM, and working here at Sydney Sexual Health Centre.Her diverse career has seen her work in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu…
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In this podcast episode, join us as SESLHD's Stanya Sharota and youth peer educator Anna Danyushevsky share crucial tips on creating youth-friendly services. Discover how to discuss sensitive topics like STIs with younger audiences. Plus, check out linked resources from Play Safe Pro, including a youth-friendly checklist and resources for both prof…
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Syphilis has been shrouded in myth and stigma over the centuries. Here in Australia we have been seeing increased cases of this disease that used to be known as 'the great pox' across Europe. Luckily today it is easily treated and cured with penicillin.To tell us more about Syphilis presentations we see here at SSHC we're joined by Dr Melissa Lam. …
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In this episode of the podcast we discuss Monkeypox.First Dr. Katie Burkitt takes us through the symptoms, how to keep yourself and your partners safe, and how the Australian outbreak differs from cases overseas.Then we are joined by Anik Ray to discuss vaccine supply and the rapid deployment of the SESLHD monkeypox vaccination hub at The Albion Ce…
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In this edition of the podcast I am joined by Lia and Jane, accredited practicing dietitians who work at the Albion Centre and at a new SSHC clinic on Fridays.We discuss why nutrition is important to consider in relation to sexual health. We also have a discussion about the future of sustainable food in Australia and the growing interest of entomop…
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Although sexual health and consent is included in the national education curriculum and relevant state curriculums, the implementation can be variable with many students reporting that they have received inadequate information. Recently, public movements led by young people, such at Chanel Contos' Teach Us Consent campaign, have been calling for qu…
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This is World Hepatitis Day 2022. in this podcast we'll take a closer look at hepatitis B. Hep b impacts a large number of people in Australia, particularly people born overseas who haven't had access to vaccinations.To discuss the SSHC fibroscan clinic is Anik Ray. We then speak with Wa'el Sabri from the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service abo…
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We all know smoking is bad for us, but what about vaping?For World No Tobacco Day 2022 we are investigating vaping and the evidence for its use in helping people to quit smoking.To take us through some ways of reducing the harms of smoking amongst the populations we see here at SSHC is Dr. Aaron Coleman. As a peer who speaks with patients about smo…
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In this episode we explore how sexual health services can work towards reducing inequities in health outcomes for the consumers that we see.Joining us is Evan Freeman, the South East Sydney Local Health District Equity Manager to speak about his work ensuring equity is a part of the planning processes within the district. We are then joined by Magg…
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For Close the Gap Day 2022 we meet some people working to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health.In this podcast I am joined by Kezia Blackledge from the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network to speak about her work as well as winning the Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award at the 2021 ASHM Conference. I am then jo…
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Herpes. Is it really so bad?To help answer the question I am joined by Samantha Blake from the Sexual Health Info Link (SHIL) and Stephanie de Vries to discuss her lived experience.Want to know more? Check out these useful resources:https://www.herpes.org.nz/https://playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au/common-stis/herpes/https://www.instagram.com/my_boyfrien…
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This is World AIDS Day 2021.Stigma reduction has become an increasingly important part of the NSW HIV strategy. Though what is it? What can we do about it?To discuss the detrimental effects of stigma and the research, I am joined by Dr Timothy Broady who is a senior research fellow from UNSW's Centre for Social Research in Health. To talk about his…
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In this podcast we hear about the new SSHC co-morbidity screening clinic for people living with HIV. It is designed to work collaboratively with general practice to improve health outcomes. Listen to find out more about the role of nurses in the clinic and how it operates.To stay up to date with the latest information in sexual health, you can foll…
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For Hepatitis Awareness Week 2021 we are exploring some of the great work being done to meet the goal of eliminating Hep C in NSW by 2028.Marian Bloomfield from the Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network gives us an insight into what it is like working towards eliminating Hep C in prisons, including the nurse-led model they use and supporting p…
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The International Student Health Hub is a resource that has been developed to share sexual and reproductive health information with international students. It is a 'one stop shop' for information and was developed as part of the Play Safe Programs run by NSW Health's STI Program Unit (STIPU). In this podcast I am joined by Maddy and Anju, 2 of the …
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Join us for another professional profile. In this episode we meet Professor Basil Donovan. Basil has been a part of Sydney Sexual Health Centre since the late 70's, when it was called the Sydney STD clinic. He shares some stories about the history of sexual health, the early days of the clinic, and the HIV response in Sydney.To stay up to date with…
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Here at SSHC we run a project where we display art in the waiting room to help reduce the anxiety that consumers may be feeling when visiting the clinic. The volunteers who run this project recorded a Zoom panel discussion with artist Joselo Ortiz and guests, discussing his artworks related to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The conversation is bro…
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2020 has seen a lot of changes due to Covid-19. For some people living with HIV, the social distancing restrictions have led to an increase in social isolation. To discuss the detrimental effects of social isolation and importance of community connection, I am joined by Senior Clinical Psychologist Brendan Crozier. Though it's not all bad news, the…
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Poppers, also known as Amyl, are terms given to chemicals of the class Alkyl Nitrites. They are used by many gay and bisexual men as they have a relaxation effect on involuntary smooth muscles, and can assist in bottoming during anal sex.In June 2018, Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) motioned to reschedule alkyl nitrites to be in …
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Today is World Hepatitis Day. This episode explores the exciting news that there is now a cure for Hepatitis C. Though there is still a long way to go to reach NSW Health's goal of eliminating Hep C by 2028.I'm joined by Hepatitis nurse Dianne How-Chow; Scott, who underwent a liver transplant operation and is now cured of Hep C; and Coordinator of …
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Join us for our first professional profile as part of our podcast series. In this episode we meet Douglas Knox and discuss his early career in Scotland under Section 28, his move to Australia and his transition to being involved in the HIV response here in Sydney. He's approaching retirement and shares his reflections on how the sector has changed …
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In this edition of the podcast I speak with ACON's Director for HIV and Sexual Health, Matthew Vaughan, about their recommendations for gay men to stop hooking up with casual partners due to Covid-19 distancing requirements. We also discuss the opportunity this provides for testing and reducing rates of STIs and HIV and the launch of their new onli…
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In this edition of the podcast we take a break from our regular sexual health focused content to talk about covid-19. Many non-essential health workers from across the South East Sydney Local Health District have been redeployed to the covid response - including your podcast host!So what are they doing there?We go behind the scenes to talk to the p…
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This episode of the podcast marks National Close the Gap Day 2020. We are sharing some stories of people who are working towards closing the gap in sexual health disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians.It features Timothy Croft, Manager of the Aboriginal Health Unit in the South East Sydney Lo…
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This episode of the podcast marks World AIDS Day 2019. We are sharing some stories of people who have made a positive impact for people living with HIV in Sydney, Australia.It features Vickie Knight and Lizzie Griggs - nurses who have been working in the HIV/AIDS sector since the 1980s.To stay up to date with the latest information in sexual health…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! We've just wrapped up World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which is held every year in November to draw attention to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. To mark this year's event, we're discussing what antimicrobial resistance means in a sexual health context: how…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! You might be familiar with some of the innovative services that have contributed to Sydney Sexual Health Centre's reputation as a leader in sexual health and HIV. We've pioneered the community-based peer-led testing model of a[TEST] and disrupted routine screening with th…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! It's Gynaecological Cancers Awareness Month and we're talking cervical cancer and HPV. Australia has one of the best cervical screening programs in the world - so why does cervical cancer still account for around 250 deaths every year? We also discuss recent changes to ce…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, was listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in Australia in April 2018. This is a big step that has the potential to move PrEP prescribing out of specialist sexual health clinics and into primary care settings, making it more …
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! Hepatitis Awareness Week falls at the end of July every year. Right now it's a very exciting time for people living with hepatitis C and the people who work with them, as treatment and cure have never been easier. Australia is leading the way by offering universal access …
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! This month, we're giving you an insight into the people who form the very core of our centre: our nursing team. We explore the successful operation of a leading nurse-led sexual health service and find out what's in store for the future. This episode features our Nurse Un…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! For National Volunteer Week, we're talking volunteering in the HIV and sexual health centre with two organisations who lead the way in this field.This episode features Tiffany Tran and volunteer Jason from the Ankali Project and Reg Domingo from ACON.More on Sydney Sexual…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! This episode goes live during Youth Week, so we're discussing strategies for supporting young people around sexual health and relationships. This episode features Kevin Heath from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District HIV and Related Programs Unit and sex educato…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! To mark the launch of our new S-Check program for stimulant users at our Centre, we're talking sexualised drug use and early intervention strategies for psychosocial support.This episode features Fiona Magee from St Vincent's Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service and Lisa McC…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! For National Sexual Health Week, we're talking about HPV (warts and all) and the particular relevance of HPV vaccination to gay and bisexual men.This episode features our own youth specialist sexual health nurse Jane Gilbert and Associate Professor Richard Hillman, consul…
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! This episode focusses on World AIDS Day, which is held on the 1st of December. We're talking to Craig Cooper from Positive Life NSW about the massive wins made in the fight against HIV, as well as some of the remaining challenges we still need to beat to ensure no one is …
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Welcome to the newest episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! It's Mental Health Month this month, so we're talking about the intersections between mental health and sexual health. The theme of this year's Mental Health Month, "Share the Journey", emphasises that social connections and networks are vital to sustaining good mental he…
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Welcome to the fifth episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! In this episode, we're talking about sexual health in the general practice setting. Most Australians get their sexual health information and care from their regular GP, so this is an important area of focus for improving the sexual health of the community. We talk to Alisa…
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Welcome to the fourth episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! This episode ties into Dental Health Week, which is held in the first full week of August every year. It might seem a little odd to dedicate an episode of a sexual health podcast to Dental Health Week but, as you'll hear, this is a significant topic for people living with…
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Welcome to the third episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! This episode ties into Hepatitis Awareness Week, which is held at the end of July and incorporates World Hepatitis Day on July 28th. Two campaigns will run throughout July in the lead up to Hepatitis Awareness Week and World Hepatitis Day. We talk to Stuart Loveday from He…
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Welcome to the second episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! This episode ties into HIV Testing Week in NSW, which runs from the 1st to the 7th of June.We talk to Gai Stackpool from the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service and Dianne Nyoni from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District's HIV Community Outreach Team. More on Syd…
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Welcome to the first episode of the new Sydney Sexual Health Centre podcast! We're launching this new podcast series to tie into the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. The Day is a show of support for LGBT human rights and the theme this year is "families". This podcast episode discusses an upcoming research project o…
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