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Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT seeking Expressions of Interest for New Members of SHFPACT Council (Board)

Are you seeking an opportunity to help govern a local sexual and reproductive health and rights organisation? Then you need to get in touch with us!

What We’re Looking For

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is seeking expressions of interest from suitable candidates to be appointed to vacancies on the SHFPACT Council.

We are looking for enthusiastic, engaged individuals to join our governing Council. We seek candidates with a range of skills including: financial, legal, senior non-government, education, clinical, fundraising, and youth engagement or a background working with people who are socially disadvantaged. Most importantly, Council members need to share SHFPACT’s values, including honesty, commitment, diversity, social justice, and human rights, and care about promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in the ACT community.

About SHFPACT

A small, diverse not-for-profit, non-government, membership-based organisation, SHFPACT has been offering its services to the ACT community for nearly 50 years. SHFPACT’s strategic vision is to consolidate and improve our position as a vibrant, effective and trusted organisation, leading responses that support sexual and reproductive health and rights. Services we provide include clinical sexual and reproductive health consultations, professional training for health professionals and community workers, community and schools education, health promotion activities, and information provision. We deliver high quality services that are tailored to individuals’ needs.

SHFPACT's purpose is improved sexual and reproductive health for the Canberra community, within a framework of human rights and social justice.

SHFPACT is a leader in sexual and reproductive health workforce development, health promotion and clinical service delivery to reduce barriers to improved sexual and reproductive health.

A rights-based framework underpins everything we do at SHFPACT. We believe sexual and reproductive health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state where people enjoy holistic physical, psychological and social well-being. Core to this are issues of personal identity and power. We provide non-discriminatory services, based on the principles of informed consent, privacy and freedom. We work to respect, protect and fulfill individuals’ rights to sexual and reproductive health.

About the Council

The SHFPACT Council meets one evening a month for two hours, either virtually or at the SHFPACT office in Canberra’s Central Business District. Council’s Finance Committee meets once a quarter outside of the Council meeting. In addition to regular meetings, the Council has a small number of ‘extraordinary’ meetings each year to discuss strategic items in detail.  Overall, Council members need to be prepared to commit between three and five hours per month for meetings, preparation, and other engagements. Co-opted council members will have the opportunity to nominate for a two year term at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (November 2021).

Volunteering for the Council offers an opportunity to contribute to the governance of SHFPACT. Council members are supportive and committed to mutual professional development. SHFPACT Council members work within a policy governance framework and Code of Conduct for employees and volunteers.

What Next?

If you are interested and/or would like more information it is important you have a look at –

Submit an expression of interest cover letter detailing why you would like to be involved in governing SHFPACT, and what you would bring to the Council. Please attach your current CV and any relevant or helpful references to:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business Monday 14 June 2021.

Our process: Once we have all registrations of interest, a panel will review, shortlist and contact those who fit our current/anticipated requirements and arrange a time to meet with current Council members.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.