SHFPACT affirms that individuals with a disability are sexual beings, with the same diversity of sexual feelings, needs, and identities shared by all people in the community.
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) has been providing services for people with disabilities relating to sexuality, relationships, sexual and reproductive health and rights for more than 20 years. Our goal is to support people with disabilities to make informed and positive choices about sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing, and to support those who care for and work with people with disabilities to better facilitate the choices, goals and desires of individuals through information, training and consultancy services.
All people have the fundamental rights to privacy; to love and be loved; develop friendships and emotional relationships; learn about sex, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, safe sex and other issues regarding sexuality; exercise their rights and responsibilities in regard to privacy and sexual expression and the rights of others; marry and make informed decisions concerning having children; and develop expressions of sexuality reflective of age, social development, cultural values and social responsibility.
SHFPACT encourages a partnership approach which invites all people in that person’s life to be involved and educated, so that new knowledge and skills can be learned and reinforced in the home, school and/ or work environment.
To this extent SHFPACT can provide a range of services and resources to support the rights and education of people with a disability.
Access to the SHFPACT Clinic for people with disabilities including [guided visits]
The SHFPACT Schools Disability Program is available to staff in ACT schools for a range of services including education sessions and information and advice.
SoSAFE! training is a set of visual and conceptual tools designed to teach social safety to people with moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Nationally accredited disability training courses to inform and expand knowledge in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. These sessions can be tailored for indiviuals or delivered to groups in workplaces and special interest groups.
We alos offer free parent and care-giver information sessions as a way to engage with the community on the topic. Call or email us for more details.
Access to the SHFPACT Library and resource centre for a range or resources and information to support a range of needs.
SHFPACT Onilne Bookshop has a range of titles to support the learning of people with a disability and the people that support them.
We can also provide a limited quantity of health promotion resources ranging from posters and factsheets to condom packs.
Support staff, parent and care-givers with particular concerns or questions are encouraged to contact a SHFPACT educator who can listen and offer referral or resources.