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Victorian Womens Health Atlas

Sexual & Reproductive Health

Why is sexual and reproductive health a priority?

Sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental issue for all Victorian women, affecting them at every life stage. It is an important factor in 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.

The sexual and reproductive health of women is one of our priorities because:

Sexual and reproductive health is interlinked with many other aspects of health – particularly mental health – and contributes to the overall health and wellbeing of the individual.

What we do to promote sexual and reproductive health

As a statewide organisation, our work to improve the sexual and reproductive health of all Victorian women is directed at achieving systemic change for population-wide health improvements. In doing this, we collaborate with individuals and organisations whose work impacts on the sexual and reproductive health of Victorian women. These include:

Sexual and reproductive health resources

Browse our publications and resources relating to sexual and reproductive health.

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004). Australia’s Health 2004 9th Biennial Report, Australian Government: Canberra
  2. De Visser R O, Smith A M, Rissel C E, Richters J & Grulich A E. Sex in Australia: Experiences of Sexual Coercion in a Representative Sample of Adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2003; 27(2): 198-203.
  3. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. (2009) Fourth National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2009. Available online at: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs/downloads/arcshs-research-publications/secondary-students-and-sexual-health-2008.pdf
  4. Marie Stopes International (2008) Real Choices: Women, contraception and unplanned pregnancy. Available online at: http://www.mariestopes.org.au/research/australia/australia-real-choices-key-findings.

Content Reviewed: 19 February 2009
Last Updated: 25 February 2009