Victorias first helpline for women seeking trusted information on sexual and reproductive health issues is now open to callers.
The 1800 My Options helpline will provide Victorian women with sexual and reproductive health information, and direct them to clinical services such as contraception, pharmacy services, counselling support, termination providers and a range of other services.
The phone line, operated by Women’s Health Victoria, is free and confidential, with highly-trained, experienced and sensitive staff who have extensive knowledge in sexual and reproductive health issues. It has taken an investment of $1.76 million over four years to set up.
The new phone line is accompanied by new women’s health information on the Better Health website. Both the phone line and website are part of a strategy to reduce barriers and service gaps affecting women’s access to reproductive and sexual health services.
They follow other initiatives, including two community-based reproductive health hubs located in Bendigo and Melbourne’s west, which opened last year. Another two will open this year, the Werribee Mercy Hospital in mid-2018, and the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in St Albans by the end of the year.
To access the helpline, phone 1800 696 784 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The service is not available on Public Holidays. An interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
For more information please visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.