Sexual Health Service
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) specialises in sexual health and provides this care for all Victorians. Expert staff focus on patient care, through testing, treatment and management of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs), education and prevention.
- Testing, counselling and clinical management of STIs (including HIV/AIDS) by expert sexual health nurses and physicians
- On-site laboratory for same day results of some infections
- Results and information telephone line
- Men's and women's clinics
- Men who have sex with men clinic
- STI screening - sex on premises clinic
Teaching and education
As the service has become more and more sophisticated, so has its importance as a principal centre for the training of medical undergraduates and medical and nursing postgraduates as well as other health professionals.
During 2016-17, demand for our services at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) reached unprecedented levels this year. We provided a record 46,564 consultations in 2016 – a 9.6 per cent increase on last year.
We diagnosed a record 2,730 cases of chlamydia (a 36 per cent increase), 1,719 cases of gonorrhoea (a 14.6 per cent increase) and 342 cases of infectious syphilis. This demand has been due to large increases in Melbourne’s population, including rapidly rising numbers of international students and rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, most notably in men who have sex with men.
One way the organisation is encouraging and building a culture of innovation and patient focus is through awarding innovation grants.
One project – targeted health literacy while you wait - is designed to improve patient care and experience at MSHC. This project provides patients with relevant sexual health information while they wait to be seen. Using free Wi-Fi, users are directed to key health literacy videos and educational videos (such as pre-exposure prophylaxis for gay men).