Be a council member at SHFPACT

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Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT are seeking new council members

Are you looking for an opportunity to give your time to an ACT community organisation? Then you need to get in touch with us.

What We’re Looking For
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is looking for enthusiastic, engaged individuals to join nine others on our governing Council. We seek candidates with a range of skills including: financial, legal, senior non-government, education, clinical, fundraising, and youth engagement or a background working with people who are socially disadvantaged. Most importantly, Council members need to share SHFPACT’s values, including honesty, commitment, diversity and social justice, and care about promoting sexual health and rights in the ACT community. 

About SHFPACT
A small, diverse organisation, SHFPACT has been offering its services to the ACT community for over 40 years. SHFPACT’s strategic vision is to consolidate and improve our position as a vibrant, effective and trusted organisation, leading responses that support sexual and reproductive health and rights. Services we provide include clinical sexual and reproductive health consultations, professional training for health professionals and community workers, community and schools education, health promotion activities, and information provision. We deliver high quality services that are tailored to individuals’ needs.

Current focal areas for SHFPACT include responding to emerging societal changes, such as sexuality and aging, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll-out. We’re also growing SoSafe!, our program that promotes social safety for people with disabilities, and working to diversify SHFPACT’s funding base. Clinical training, new contraceptive technologies, a menopause clinic and ongoing schools engagement are also key areas of our work. Important populations for SHFPACT are any group of people that experience marginalisation in our community or who we know to have greater needs in sexual and reproductive health.

A rights-based framework underpins everything we do at SHFPACT. We believe sexual and reproductive health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state where people enjoy holistic physical, psychological and societal well-being. Core to this are issues of personal identity and power. We provide non-discriminatory services, based on the principles of informed consent, privacy and freedom. We work to respect, protect and fulfil individuals’ rights to sexual and reproductive health.

About the Council
The SHFPACT Council meets one evening a month for two hours, at the offices in Canberra’s Central Business District. Council members are elected for two-year terms at SHFPACT’s Annual General Meeting. Council has the ability to co-opt individuals to vacant Council positions and committees prior to the AGM. Council’s Finance Committee meets once a month outside of the Council meeting. In addition to regular meetings, the Council has a small number of ‘extraordinary’ meetings each year to discuss strategic items in detail. Overall, Council members need to be prepared to commit between three and five hours per month for meetings, preparation, and other engagements.

We’re a social bunch, and our meetings are convivial. We focus on the organisation’s big-picture issues, monitor risk and compliance, and bring our diverse experience and expertise to a common passion for sexual and reproductive health for the Canberra community and beyond.

Volunteering for the Council offers an opportunity to learn about governance in the non-government sector, in the fascinating area of sexual and reproductive health. Council members are supportive and committed to mutual professional development.

SHFPACT Council and staff have some big issues to engage with over the coming years. We’re keen to bring on new Council members who can contribute their energy, commitment and ideas to help us ensure SHFPACT continues to offer quality services to all those who need them in the ACT.

What Next?
If you’d like more information or simply to talk about this opportunity, please get in touch with Jo Spratt, SHFPACT President. You can call her: 0468 871 469, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Otherwise, register your interest by emailing Jo Spratt with a cover letter detailing why you’d like to be involved in governing SHFPACT, and what you would bring to the Council. Attach your CV. Please submit by 12 August 2016.

Once we have all registrations of interest, we will contact those who fit our requirements and arrange a time for an informal catch-up with the Executive Director, Tim Bavinton, and one or two current Council members.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Tim Bavinton
Executive Director

For the SHFPACT Council (Board)
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT Inc