Authors: Sexual Health Information Networking Education (SHINE), Mental Health Division, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Health Service (SA)
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: SA
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: In 2002, a group of people with mental illness identified sexual health as an area that needed to be discussed more openly and integrated into quality mental health care. This group joined with workers from Mental Health Services and the sexual health service, SHineSA to identify a range of specific barriers, which make it more difficult for people with mental illness to enjoy their sexuality and have healthy sexual relationships. It was identified that these barriers can impede recovery and so following consultation, strategies to address them were identified. The booklet, “My Sexual Health Matters”, was produced, addressing sexual health issues with sensitivity and humour and full of ideas and suggestions from both consumers and professionals in the sector. Over 12,000 copies of the booklet have been distributed across Australia and New Zealand, and the booklet is available on the ShineSA website. Description of Facility/Organisation: Sexual Health Information Networking Education (SHINE SA) provides a range of sexual health services, including community development, drop-in pregnancy testing, clinical services, sexual health counselling, information, resource development and professional education. Fees are payable for some services; others are free and concessions are available. Funding is provided by through the Public Health Outcomes Funding Agreement and is channelled through the SA Department of Health. It employs 48 FTE staff across the metropolitan area of Adelaide and also visits rural areas. SHINE SA have approximately 12,250 active clients.