Gurriny’s Sexual Health Unit consists of two Indigenous sexual health workers, male and female.
They provide individual case management and care and networks with the dynamic teams within Gurriny to deliver health promotion initiatives for individuals, groups and the wider community.
Awareness and promotion, education and prevention, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBV) are reflected throughout the health promotion initiatives and clinical practice. Our target group ranges from 15-25 year olds, however our services have extended beyond these ages.
The Sexual Health Unit offers the following promotional/clinical activities throughout the year for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Yarrabah to participate in.
- Hepatitis Program
- World Aids Day
- Young Person Check
- Sexual Health Check up
- Women’s Health Clinic
- Men’s Health Check
- Health promotion
- Secondary School health checks
The team strives to deliver a service that is appropriate and accessible for the community. They do home visits as well as refer clients to doctors if necessary. Free condoms are available from a dispensers located at our Workshop Street site, as well as from the Sexual Health workers.
The sexual health workers have developed networks with internal and external service providers and are members on committees that support ongoing delivery of sexual health services to this region. The unit works very closely with other units within Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services, Cairns Sexual Health Service, Indigenous Sexual Health Promotion Network Coordinator of Cairns Public Health Service, the 2 Spirits Health Promotion Unit of QAHC Cairns (Queensland Association for Healthy Communities), the Mobile Women’s Health Service, and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.