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February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer AwarenessIt’s time for women living with ovarian cancer to have their voices heard and their experiences known.

It’s time for funding to increase and survival rates to improve. It’s time for all Australians to ovary-act in support of our women and families. Each year over 1,600 women in Australia will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the past 30 years, other cancers have been able to achieve amazing improvements in awareness, funding and survival rates and we want the same hope for our women. While some progress has been made for ovarian cancer there is still so much we need to do.

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National Condom Day 14 February 2019

NCD 2019National Condom Day is an Australia state-wide event and takes place on the 14 February 'Valentine’s Day' each year.

It's is a day where we are reminded that condoms are still the best way to stop the transmission of STI's and HIV, and also prevent unplanned pregnancy.

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Changes to ACT anti-discrimination laws affecting ACT schools

SAIS Logo TileACT Safe and Inclusive Schools (SAIS) Initiative, led by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, welcomes the changes to ACT discrimination laws which passed unanimously with cross-party support in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 27 November 2018.

The ACT’s Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a range of protected attributes which include sex, gender identity, intersex status and sexuality. They also include age, race, disability, employment status, accommodation status, religious conviction, pregnancy, political conviction, profession, trade, occupation or calling, amongst others.

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ACT's laws about abortion clinic exclusion zones tested

SHFPACT News Logo TileExecutive Director of SHFPACT, Tim Bavinton, reflects on the first legal test of the ACT's laws establishing protest exclusion zones at abortion clinics. 

ON 9 March 2018, the ACT Magistrate’s Court dismissed charges against three men for allegedly violating ACT laws establishing protest exclusion zones around medical facilities providing abortion services. The three acknowledged their longstanding opposition to abortion and their prior involvement in vigils and protests at the same site over many years.

Keen observers are likely to view the decision either with concern or welcome it, depending on how it reflects their underlying beliefs about abortion.

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Male pill on the horizon

Male PillThe female contraceptive pill has helped millions of women take control of their fertility and reproductive health since it became available in 1961. Yet a male equivalent has yet to be fully developed. This effectively leaves men with only two viable contraceptive options: condoms or a vasectomy.The idea of creating a male contraceptive has been around almost as long as the female contraceptive. In theory, targeting the production of sperm should be a simple process. The biology of sperm production and how they swim towards the egg are well understood.

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SoSafe

The SoSAFE! Tools (together with SoSAFE! User Training) provide teachers, trainers and counsellors with skills and simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability. SoSAFE! uses a standardised framework of symbols, visual teaching tools and concepts to teach strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner, and provides visual communication tools for reporting physical or sexual abuse.

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