A sexual health service is being established in Lismore to provide a safe, confidential space for young people aged from 12 years to 25 years old.
The headspace Sexual Health Clinic will be free, bulk-billed and youth friendly, and has been designed to make it as easy as possible for young people to get the help they need.
The clinic will be operated by the Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service, and will operate from the headspace office at 2A Carrington Street from Thursday, 3 August, and thereafter every Thursday from 2pm to 5pm.
Service manager of headspace Lismore, Teri King, said the new clinic would provide a comfortable, confidential space for youth to discuss any issues or concerns related to sexual health.
‘Because Social Futures now operates both the headspace program and the Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service, we have been able to extend our services and provide this free additional clinic for youth so it’s a wonderful partnership,’ Ms King said.
‘Young people are more inclined to engage in risky behaviours which puts them at a higher risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and unfortunately, many still do not take adequate protection against STI’s despite sexual education programs in schools.’
‘Providing a sexual health clinic specifically for youth in a format and place which they are comfortable with we hope will help to empower them to take responsibility for their own health issues.’
Once opened, the clinic will offer sexual health screenings, contraception, pregnancy planning and testing, gynaecological investigation and treatment and cervical screening tests.
Bookings can be made by phoning 6620 0200. Further information at www.socialfutures.or.au/clinic