The (CERSH) Rural Sexual Health Conference 2015

SEXrurality 2015
Showcasing rural innovations and achievements in sexual health

21st – 22nd July 2015
All Seasons Quality Resort Bendigo
Convention & Conference Venues
171-183 McIvor Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550

PLEASE NOTE: The day three workshop Rural Research and Practice Workshop has been removed from the program and is now taking place as a separate event, date to be advised.  

SEXrurality 2015 has been initiated by the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) as part of our mandate to improve sexual health and well-being in rural Victoria.  This includes providing strategic leadership and advocacy, and working in partnerships with rural communities, networks and agencies to address the inequities that exist in our settings.

Building on the successes of the inaugural conference in Shepparton in 2013, the SEXrurality 2015 conference aims to provide a forum for the presentation of high quality professional practice and research papers on sexual and reproductive health in rural settings. The conference also aims to encourage growth in the capacity of rural practitioners and early career researchers in the confident presentation of their work.   

SEXrurality 2015 will be held at the All Seasons Quality Resort Bendigo, 171-183 McIvor Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550, 21 – 22 July 2015. It will provide a forum for:  
  • sharing practitioner wisdom and current rural research evidence,
  • showcasing the work, experiences and learnings of practitioners in the field of rural sexual health and well-being,
  • helping build connections, collaborations and alliances between practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and advocates,
  • participants to debate, share, network and organise around issues relevant to rural sexual health and well-being
  • an inclusive and  participative conference experience

The conference will be organised around four main streams
  1. Ethics, culture and relationships in rural sexual health
  2. Developing innovative service systems for rural sexual health
  3. Community engagement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health and well-being
  4. Sexual health research involving rural communities