Sexual and reproductive health hub launched

IPC Health youth and women's health nurses Joanne and Anne. (Supplied)

Brimbank and Wyndham women will have improved access to sexual and reproductive health services , following the opening of new healthcare hubs.

IPC Health opened its sexual and reproductive health hub at its Deer Park and Wyndham Vale campuses on July 1.

The hub offer more services for people who identify as women, people with a cervix and young people aged from 12 to 25 years.

The hub was funded by the Victorian health department.

IPC Health said its female youth and women’s health nurses would work with clients to provide wraparound health and wellbeing care and would also be able to link them in with other services including GP, allied health and mental health and wellbeing.

The nurses would also be able to provide respectful, confidential and culturally safe spaces for education and services on topics including sexual health and wellbeing; contraception; pregnancy choices; preventative health screening; menopause advice, continence and wellbeing support; women’s health issues; and polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and pelvic health, IPC Health said.

IPC Health clinical operations senior manager Sofi Milenkovski said the funding ensures that people who identify as women, people with a cervix and young people across the Melbourne’s west now have more opportunities to access essential care and support.

“IPC Health has been deeply embedded in western and outer western Melbourne for 50 years. Over this time. We’ve seen the demographics shift and change and we’ve been able provide essential services to our diverse communities no matter their socioeconomic or cultural backgrounds,” she said.

“With this additional funding, IPC Health has been able to develop a qualified interdisciplinary workforce aligned to the hub to ensure early access to essential services is provided to our clients across all our campuses.”

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