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The Menopause Centre is here for you.

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Find out how menopause may affect your life and what The Canberra Menopause Centre can do for you.

Based at SHFPACT, The Canberra Menopause Centre is a dedicated service for those seeking information, support and medical management of menopause symptoms. Menopause is the stage of life when periods cease. This occurs when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs, and is a natural life event. Menopause has three stages: perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

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SHFPACT 2019-2020 Annual Report


Council and Executive Report

It is challenging to report to SHFPACT’s members and stakeholders about a year as extraordinary as this one. 

2019 ended and 2020 began for the Canberra community amid the environmental and personal impacts of a bushfire season that extended over many months, layering our city and the wider region in a blanket of smoke and ash. And many of our wider and organisational community were caught up as fires ravaged the South Coast, and threatened to reach our outer suburbs for the first time since 2003. That phase terminated in Canberra with a damaging hail storm, and was followed promptly by the COVID-19 global pandemic and public health responses that have dominated the rest of 2020.

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Health Information Brochures

Do you need some information about Sexual Health that you can trust?

SHFPACT has a large range of health information brochures covering STI’s, Contraception, Women's Health, Men's Health, Menopause and more.

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PrEP and how to get it?

Do you want to know more about PrEP and how to get it?

PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a prescription medication which is a combination of two different drugs, and is taken once daily by people in order to prevent them from becoming infected with HIV. It must be started 7 days before exposure and continued for 28 days after exposure.

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Unplanned Pregnancy

Unplanned pregnancy is common and it is estimated that approximately 200,000 unplanned pregnancies occur in Australia every year. 

There are three choices available when you have an unplanned pregnancy: 

  • Continue the pregnancy and parent.
  • Continue the pregnancy and place the child for adoption.
  • Have an abortion.

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Protecting yourself

Protecting yourself and your sexual partners from STIs is important and easy.

On this page you'll find all the info about Sexually Transmissible Infections ( STIs). The best way to protect yourself from STIs is still with a condom and if you are sexually active having a regular sexual health check-up is a vital part of staying health and in control of your sexual health.

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2021 SAIS Core Training

SAIS Core Training

Our popular SAIS (Safe and Inclusive Schools Initiative) Core Training is back on offer for 2021 and it is in high demand after things slowed down a little this year.

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SoSAFE! Training 2021

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Become a SoSAFE! Registered User. 

SoSAFE! is a set of visual and conceptual tools designed to promote social safety for people with an Intellectual Disability (moderate to severe range) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

SoSAFE! tools encourage social safety through the provision of a simplified and rule-governed model of social reality that teaches the type and degree of verbal and physical intimacy appropriate with different categories of people. See our new 2020 course dates below:

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Enjoying Sex Safely

Safe sex is sexy. Sex is meant to feel good and be fun, but it can be risky if not treated with respect.

When entering into sexual relations with someone, the first thing you should do is talk about it and make sure you seek consent. Always ask someone before you start touching them or engaging in intercourse. This article talks about: safe sex, consent, decision making,  STIs, unplanned pregnancy, emergency contraception, and where to go if you need advice or help.

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Menopause Hormone Therapy shortages in Australia

There has been a recent shortage of some menopause hormone therapy (MHT) preparations in Australia in 2020. 

Many of these shortages have now been resolved or should be resolved by early to mid-2021.

It is advised that you visit your doctor/GP well before your prescription expires to ensure that you are not left without the preparation you need. Should the preparation you need not be available your doctor will be able to supply a substitute until the shortage of your regular preparation is resolved. 

The Australasian Menopause Society provides information on appropriate substitution products:

MHT/HRT Doses Australia

You may also wish to talk to your pharmacist to see which substitution product they do have available before visiting your GP. 

Clearing the fog during menopause

Finding it hard to concentrate at certain times of the month? Your hormones could be causing brain fog.

In the days leading up to their periods, many premenstrual women have long complained about poor concentration, having trouble remembering things, even struggling to make a decision. It’s called brain fog or ‘brain fatigue’ and has finally become a serious topic in women’s health.

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Thinking of menopausal hormone therapy?

Thinking of menopausal hormone therapy?

Here's what you can expect from your GP There’s a lot of information to take in. So it’s OK to discuss options for managing your menopausal symptoms over several consultations with your GP.

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The SoSAFE! Tools (together with SoSAFE! User Training) provide teachers, trainers and counsellors with skills and simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability. SoSAFE! uses a standardised framework of symbols, visual teaching tools and concepts to teach strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner, and provides visual communication tools for reporting physical or sexual abuse.