Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) is committed to improving the sexual and reproductive health of women in the Grampians region. Local and regional data tells us that:

Our goal is to increase women’s access to timely and appropriate sexual and reproductive health with a focus on contraception, pregnancy counselling, abortion and professional development.

 

What is sexual and reproductive health?

Sexual and reproductive health is an important factor shaping how women develop and maintain meaningful interpersonal relationships; appreciate their bodies; interact with others; express affection, love, and intimacy; and by choice, bear children[i]

Sexual and reproductive health is defined by the World Health Organisation as:

“a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being; not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.[ii]

The International Conference of Population and Development determined that:

“Reproductive health implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so. [iii]

 


[i] Women’s Health Victoria. (2009). Sexual and Reproductive Health. Retrieved January 2014 from http://whv.org.au/what-we-do/sexual-reproductive -health

[ii] World Health Organisation. (2006) Defining Sexual Health: Report of technical consultation on Sexual Health, 28-31 January 2002. Geneva, Switzerland

[iii] International Conference of Population and Development. (1994). ICDPD Programme of Action. UNFPA: Cairo

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