The Victorian Government is undertaking a review of sexual health needs of people living in Victoria and services available to meet these needs. We want to better understand the adequacy and effectiveness of the current service system as it faces increasing demand, changing demographics and growing complexity of some sexually transmitted infections.

Part of the review is to understand the possible barriers to accessing sexual health care across metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria, as well as the experiences of people from diverse backgrounds.

We want to hear about your experiences of the sexual health service system in Victoria, which refers to any clinical service where you sought information, testing or treatment for sexual health issues (not including reproductive health). These services may have been provided by a general practitioner (GP), community health centre, public hospital, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and so on. Taking part in this survey will help to create a better sexual health service system for all Victorians in the future.

If you would like more information on sexual health, visit the Better Health Channel.

To find out more about the review, email the review team at sexualhealthreview@dhhs.vic.gov.au

How can you participate?

To help shape the future of sexual health services in Victoria, please complete the survey below. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. All questions, except for questions 1-4 are optional to answer.

The consultation will close on 8th March 2019.

Section One:

Q3. Where do you go for information about sexual health? Tick all that apply. Required

Please rank your choices in order of importance.

  1. Confidentiality #
  2. Cost #
  3. Location #
  4. Expertise available #
  5. Quality of facilities #
  6. Inclusive non-discriminatory care #
  7. Opening hours #
  8. Culturally safe #
  9. Translators available #

Section Two:

The following questions relate to your experience of Victorian sexual health services over the past 12 months

If you have not accessed sexual health treatment or a sexual health service within the last 12 months, please proceed to question 9.

Q5. Over the past 12 months, have you sought any of the following services?

Q6. When thinking about your most recent experience accessing services for sexual health:

d. Did you have to pay for the service?

Only include money that you had to pay out-of-pocket (this means in addition to any Medicare or Private Health Insurance benefits). Please include the consulting fee and expenses for tests and treatment. However do not include expenses relating to pharmaceutical items purchased from a pharmacy.

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Q7. How would you rate the service you used most frequently for sexual health care in the last 12 months in terms of the following statements.
Strongly agree
Strongly disagree
I found it inclusive
I found it to be culturally respectful
I found it to be non-judgemental
I was satisfied with the service I was provided
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Q9. If you have experienced concerns about your sexual health in the past 12 months, but did not seek help, why was that? Tick all that apply.
  1. Through my regular GP #
  2. Through another GP #
  3. At a sexual health clinic #
  4. At a family planning clinic #
  5. At a peer-led, community based clinic #
  6. At a community health service #
  7. At home via self-testing kits #
  8. At a community pharmacy #
  9. At a pathology centre without having to visit a GP #
  1. Order self-testing kits and/or pathology request slip without having to visit a GP/service #
  2. Receive results online, with referral to local health service if required #
  3. An online tool to locate doctors and clinics that conduct sexual health testing and treatment #
  4. Mechanism to provide feedback on my experience with providers of STI testing and treatment services #
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Section 3:

Tell us more about you

Q13. Which sexual identity do you identify with? Select as many as apply.
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Q14. What is the gender of your sexual partner/s? Select as many as apply.
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Q17. What language do you primarily speak at home?
Q18. Are you willing to use your Medicare card to access sexual health services?
Q19. What is your annual household income?

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. Participating in this survey is voluntary and all information collected will be treated as confidential.

Should you decide to participate in the survey, the department will collect and handle any personal or health information you provide for the purposes of analysis and to inform a report for the Victorian Sexual Health Review.

Any report for the Victorian Sexual Health Review will not identify any individuals. The department will not use your information for any other purpose or disclose it to any external parties.

For more information on the department’s privacy management, please refer to the department’s privacy policy or visit our website on www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/privacy

You may access your information that you provide to the department. The department can be contacted at sexualhealthreview@dhhs.vic.gov.au or you may contact the department’s Privacy Unit by emailing privacy@dhhs.vic.gov.au.