Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health
I am a Health Promotion Officer in Ballarat, and my role consists of promoting and coordinating health and wellbeing programs in schools.
I’d always been interested in sexual health and we were being inundated with requests from schools for information about issues like puberty and safe sex. And when I learned that Ballarat has the highest rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Victoria I wanted to help do something about it.
So my manager suggested this course, and now talking about sexual health in schools is my full-time role.
The course was fantastic. In particular learning about adolescent development and health really helps me pitch information at the right level, depending on the age of the students I’m talking to.
I get a lot of questions about STIs and I’m much more confident answering them now, because we had a whole subject devoted to that area, as well as touching on it in the other subjects.
Before signing up to the course I was worried it was going to be really challenging and I was going to feel isolated because it’s mainly online, but all the teachers were amazing and got back to us so quickly that was never the case.
Using the online portal was really easy and I even Skyped my supervisor a few times as well. She organised regular meetings so we had some face-to-face time and the opportunity to meet other students and help each other out. We also did a two-week placement at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, which was really helpful.
Each subject also included some group work so I got to talk with other students and meet them online via Skype and Facebook. I never felt like I was doing it on my own.