Diseases and Sexual Health

Ross River Virus

Mozzies like to live in the South West and carry the virus. Stay protected by covering up with long loose fitting clothing and use mozzie repellent when outdoors. Mozzies are most active around dawn and dusk.

For more information read this factsheet

http://healthywa.gov.au/Ross-river-virus

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal is a rare but deadly disease that can strike anyone of any age. It is recommended you are vaccinated with the free A, C, W and Y strains of the disease at your GP or community health clinic. Be aware of the signs and symptoms as prompt medical attention will help your chances of beating the infection.  

For more information read these factsheets

http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Meningococcal-disease

http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Meningococcal-vaccine

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

If you have changed your partner in the last 12 months, had a condom failure, got symptoms or don’t use condoms, you need to get tested for STI’s. Most people are unaware they’ve got an STI.

Condoms are your best protection against STI’s.

For free on line testing go to http://www.couldihaveit.com.au

For information on chlamydia and a video on how to get tested go to http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Chlamydia

Emergency Contraception ‘The morning after pill’

Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy if you have sex with no contraception. it is available from pharmacies without a prescription. The emergency contraceptive pill is not recommended for outgoing contraception. Using emergency contraception is not an abortion.

For information on emergency contraception go to https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/morning-after-pill

Who can I contact?

Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Phone: 9340 1828
Free call (from country areas): 1800 199 888
For telephone support for physical, emotional and social needs of sexual assault and abuse.

Red Frog Hotline

Phone: 1300 557 123
For assistance, fun activities and support during Leavers

HOPE Community Services

Dunsborough: 0418 559 191
Rottnest: 0402 796 346
For information and referral to our recovery tent (sobering-up shelter) Dunsborough and Rottnest only.

WA AIDS Council

AIDSline: 9482 0044
A confidential and anonymous telephone line that you can call for information about HIV, STIs and other sexual health issues. Operates Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm.

Youth Legal Service

Phone: 9202 1688
Country callers: 1800 199 006
For free and confidential legal services to young people in Western Australia, 9am–5pm Mon-Fri

WA Police assistance 

Phone (24 hours): 131 444
Visit: WA Police
For police attendance, not for emergencies.

Crisis Care

Phone: 9223 1111
Free call (from country area): 1800 199 008
For arranging help including temporary accommodation, protection for children, financial aid, counselling and support services, 24 hours a day.

Kids Helpline 

Phone: 1800 55 1800
Kids Help Line is Australia’s only free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 18.

Alcohol and Drug Support Line 

Phone: 9442 5000

Free call (from country areas): 1800 198 024
For information and confidential counselling, support and referral 24 hours a day

Parent and Family Drug Support Line

Phone: 9442 5050
Free call (from country areas): 1800 653 203
For information and confidential counselling, support and referral 24 hours a day

Crime Stoppers WA  

Phone (24 hours): 1800 333 000
Visit: Crime Stoppers WA
For reporting information about a crime.

Directory assistance

With connection option: 12455
Whitepages directory assistance: 1800 810 211

RAC Roadside Assistance

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