You are in good hands - visit or contact us at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Victoria now has a new Indigenous clinical sexual health unit, called the Wulumperi Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Unit, based at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in Carlton, Victoria. The unit has three staff. A nurse and a female and male Aboriginal worker to support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people during their visit.
The Wulumperi Sexual Health Unit is supported by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).
The Wulumperi Sexual Health Unit is for the whole Victorian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community, but primarily targets young people through the Indigenous Young People’s Sexual & Reproductive Health Project, which is funded through ‘Close the Gap.’
Whether you need information, advice, testing or treatment for your sexual health, you can be assured of receiving expert help from our friendly, caring staff.
All our services are FREE, non-judgmental & confidential.
Our services include consultations with specialist doctors & nurses for issues such as:
o Sexually Transmitted Infections
o Hepatitis Immunisation
o Telephone service for results, info & advice
o On-site treatment
o Laboratory for some sameday test results
o Free condoms, lubricant and needle and syringe program
o Education brochures
o Referral to other services if required
Getting help at Wulumperi Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Unit couldnt be easier
You don’t need an appointment, as we are a walk in service, however some appointments can be made on Thursday evenings.
You can speak confidentially to our triage nurse or to our male or female Aboriginal worker who will guide you through your visit (you do not have to use the Aboriginal support workers if you would prefer not to).
Young people and adults are welcome at our service and we support all clients who are gay, straight, bisexual, transgender etc.
When you visit us you don’t need your Medicare Card and you do not need a referral from a doctor.
You can also ring our Results and Information line on 03 9341 6200 and ask our nurses any general questions, or, ask to speak to someone at the Wulumperi Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Unit.
The general opening hours for a check up are:
WITH NO APPOINTMENT
Monday to Thursday: 8:40 am – 5:00 pm (close)
Friday (afternoons only) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (close)
We advise you to attend at the start of the morning or afternoon sessions, that is 8:40am or 1:00 pm. Allow up to two hours for your visit.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Thursday evening clinic: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(To make appointment call 9341 6200)
Don’t wait if you need help
It’s not unusual to feel ‘shame’ or be embarrassed when you are looking for advice or help with sexually transmissible infections. So get help early or you might risk your health and the sexual health of your partners. Remember there can be serious complications with infections, such as infertility and the increased risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV/AIDS.
If you are having symptoms in your genital area, or if you had sex without a condom or are worried about a sexual contact you had, see a doctor, nurse, health worker or community health worker. Once you have tests, treatment and seek support you will put your mind at ease.
An alternative to our clinic is to visit your usual doctor for your sexual health care including tests and treatment, or go to a different doctor or clinic.
It is important for Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people to have an annual sexual health check. If you have multiple sex partners we suggest you have a check up more often.
Wulumperi is a Woi-wurrung word meaning ‘good health’ and we thank the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Incorporated for kindly granting us permission to name our unit.