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We are a specialist clinic providing professional and non-judgmental care.

We provide free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and are the region’s largest HIV outpatient service.

We welcome people with and without Medicare.

About this service

You can contact us from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm:

To help maintain social distancing across the clinic, services are provided by appointment only. Please do not come to the clinic if you do not have an appointment as you may not be able to be seen.

We provide:

  • Routine STI and blood borne virus screening
  • STI treatment
  • PREP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (HIV post exposure prophylaxis) medication
  • Transgender care
  • Immunisation
  • HIV care
  • Education, support and information on STI and sexual health.

Please note – we do not provide routine cervical screening or contraception.

We offer after hours clinics for gay and bisexual men.

M-clinic

This is an afterhours clinic for men who have sex with men and do not have STI symptoms.

We run this clinic on the first Tuesday of the month from 4.30pm - 7pm.

Bookings are preferred and last-minute appointments are usually available.

Strip clinic

This clinic offers convenient and free testing for STI and blood borne viruses for LGBTIQA+ community members, as well as prescriptions for PREP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis).

We run this clinic in partnership with Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council) and Capital Health Network on a Monday evening each month from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Call us or Meridian to find out the next clinic date and to book an appointment at this clinic.

Who we care for

Our sexual health services are available for everyone including:

  • LGBTIQ+ populations
  • People living with HIV
  • Young people
  • Sex workers
  • People without Medicare
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • International students.

You can self-refer to the clinic.

Your GP can also send us a referral, which we appreciate.

We review referrals and contact people promptly.

How to access this service

Please call (02) 5124 2184 to speak with one of our sexual health nurses. We will discuss your needs and book an appointment as necessary.

You can call to speak to the bookings nurse at these times:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9am and 4.30pm
  • Wednesdays between 12.30pm and 4.30pm

Same day or next business day appointments are nearly always available.

Having a booked appointment means you will not have to wait too long in the waiting room.

You can call us on the above number to book into M-clinic and STRIP-clinic.

We have telehealth options too, so please let the nurse know if you’d prefer a telehealth appointment and we can tell you if that is suitable for the care you need.

What to expect

Our services are completely confidential and all information you provide us is kept securely within our clinic.

Our bookings nurse will ask you about your sexual practices and some personal information to ensure you are booked into the appropriate clinician.

All our clinicians are specially trained in providing sexual health care and are non-judgemental and supportive.

If it is the first time you have visited our service, we will ask you to complete a sexual health history form. This informs the care and testing you might need.

We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your booking, to allow time to time for registering at reception and completing forms.

Medical students

As we are a teaching hospital, at times there may be a student present for your consultation. Where possible, you will be informed at the time of booking and you can opt out if you prefer. If you agree, you will be asked again at the clinic if a student can be present for your consultation.

Results

Results take up to 7 days to be returned to the clinic and in most cases, we send you results via SMS.

If you need treatment, we can organise this in our clinic or with a prescription for medication.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Medicare card - if you have one
  • Any letters or correspondence from your GP
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins

Where we’re located

Canberra Sexual Health Centre, Building 8, Level 4, Canberra Hospital.

We have directions to the Canberra Sexual Health Centre and Canberra Hospital.

Resources

Health information sheets

We have a range of health information sheets available.

Sexual Health, Lifestyle and Relationship Program (SHLiRP)

SHLiRP is a collaboration between Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT & Canberra Sexual Health Centre. The program brings sexual health screening and relationship education to secondary colleges in the ACT.

Check out SHLiRP Resources website for more details, or watch the video.

Support Services

Please see the details below for services that can offer you support.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre: Crisis line (7am to 11pm) - (02) 6247 2525 M-F 9am – 5pm

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)(02) 6247 2524 M-F 9am to 5pm

Australian Federal Police Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Team (SACAT)131 444

1800 RESPECT – national  helpline  24/71800 737 732

Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 24-hour Support Service - (02) 6280 0900

Victim Support ACT1800 822 272

Meridian: (02) 6257 2855

Lifeline: 13 11 14 - 24 hours

QLife: 1800 184 527 3pm - midnight

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

FAQs

We can answer some of your frequently asked questions about our service.

Information for referrers

Please see Community HealthPathways for detailed referral criteria and information.

Referral options:

Referrals should be addressed to Dr Sarah Martin or Dr Alexandra Tyson.

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In the case of a life threatening emergency, dial Triple Zero (000).

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Contact Canberra Health Services

Switchboard
(02) 5124 0000

The switchboard handles all calls to, from and within the hospital 24 hours/seven days a week

International callers
+61 (2) 5124 0000