The Sexual Health, Lifestyle and Relationhsips Program (SHLiRP) is a collaboration between Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) and The Canberra Sexual Health Centre, located at The Canberra Hospital, that brings sexual health screening clinics, and sexual health / sexuality education to secondary colleges in the ACT.
The SHLiRP Program team visits up to five ACT secondary colleges per year to offer sexuality, relationships and sexual health education, as well as in-school clinics to offer screening for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-bourne viruses (BBVs). Each cohort of Year 11 & 12 students will get an opportunity to participate at least once during their time at college.
The Program works on a voluntary model, students are all encouraged to attend the health education session, and are then offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical consultation. Students aged 15 years are required to provide parental consent to participate in the consultation. Otherwise, participation and results are kept strictly confidential. Young people enjoy the same right to privacy about their use of health services as other community members.
SHLiRP's successful model has been operating with the support of ACT Government Health Directorate and Education & Training Directorate, ACT Government secondary colleges staff and students, for more than ten years.
For more information, please contact the Education, Health Promotion & Training team at SHFPACT on 02 6247 3077, or for matters relating to the clinical service provided by our partners, contact Ren Del Rosario at The Canberra Sexual Health Centre on 02 6244 2184.
Link to SHLiRP's Facebook page for links to local services and other sexual health information resources http://www.facebook.com/shlirp