When three become one: Clinical service, research and teaching at Sexual Health Centre

Opening of the new Sexual Health Centre

This Valentine’s Day, three arms of health service including clinical, research and education, have come together to form the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre (WSSHC) - the flagship centre for sexual health in western Sydney.

The service brings together the Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Centre, which is affiliated with the University of Sydney with the Parramatta and Mt Druitt Sexual Health clinics.

“It’s the beginning of a new era for sexual health in western Sydney,” said Professor Tania Sorrell, Acting Director, WSSHC.

“The new linkages will enhance the service we provide to the community,” she said. “We’ve now got a very active research and teaching program, which is strongly supported by our clinical services.

“Our aim is to respond to new infectious challenges, explore cervical and other cancer prevention and treatment opportunities, and to collaborate with other university departments across Australia and the globe,” said Professor Sorrell.

“Along with all of this, we will continue to provide an efficient, free and confidential service, with a strong focus on individual Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) treatment and HIV management,” she said.

“Overall, we want to improve health outcomes at both an individual and population level,” she said.

”We are well placed to become a premier national sexual health centre.”

Key areas of research currently being conducted at the Centre includes service delivery in primary care and evaluation of HPV vaccination.

The Centre is also committed to expanding development opportunities in the fields of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, and offers the largest postgraduate course of its kind, through the University of Sydney. It has a strong international capacity building program in HIV and STIs and has received funding from AusAID to work with partner organisations in Africa and Asia.

“In 2012, the course had over 350 enrolments in 16 different postgraduate units of study, making the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre one of the largest global postgraduate providers in the areas of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health,” said Professor Sorrell.

For more information about Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/wsshc/