SHOUT has been developed by the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH), in collaboration with rural young people and rural organisations across Victoria.
While there is a high level of awareness in rural young people that condom use is key to preventing sexually transmissible infections (STIs); issues of privacy, lack of transport and cost are some of the barriers that prevent rural young people from accessing condoms.
High rates of chlamydia in rural populations may indicate inadequate condom use and low levels of accessing testing and treatment. The SHOUT poster campaign was developed in an attempt to address this.
After conducting focus groups with young people in a range of rural locations, CERSH then engaged students at Bendigo TAFE to develop concept designs for the SHOUT posters.
Who is CERSH?
The Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) works across North East Victoria, Goulburn Valley and Loddon Mallee regions on projects that provide practical solutions for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and promotes positive sexual health.
CERSH is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, through a service agreement with The University of Melbourne.
CERSH would like the acknowledge the following organisations for participating in the development and review of the SHOUT concept and campaign:
Nexus Primary Health, Shepparton Diversity Group, Wedderburn College, Rural City of Wangaratta's Youth Council, Benalla Flexible Learning Centre, Swan Hill Flexible Learning Centre, Beechworth Secondary College, Mansfield Secondary College, Greater City of Bendigo, Bendigo TAFE, Gannawarra Shire and GLAM agency members
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