A free, bulk billed, youth friendly sexual health service for 12-25 year olds will soon open its doors in Lismore.
The headspace Sexual Health Clinic, run by The Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service, has been designed to make it easy as possible for young people to get the help they need.
The service will begin operating out of the headspace office in 2A Carrington Street Lismore on Thursday 3 August and thereafter every Thursday from 2pm – 5pm.
“The new Sexual Health Clinic will provide a comfortable, confidential space for youth to discuss any issues or concerns related to sexual health” says Teri King, Service Manager of headspace Lismore.
“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”, says Teri.
“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” says Teri.
The Clinic offers:
- Sexual health screenings,
- Contraception including emergency contraception,
- Pregnancy planning and testing,
- Gynaecological investigation and treatment and,
- Cervical screening tests.
The headspace Sexual Health Clinic is run by The Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service and will be open on Thursdays 2pm-5pm.
Bookings can be made by phoning 6620 0200.