international student sexual health network
The International Student Sexual Health Network (ISSHN) was established in 2015 under the leadership of Dr. Georgia Babatsikos (Deakin University) to address an urgent need to provide international students with comprehensive sexuality and sexual health information during their study in Australia. From 2015 - 2021, ISSHN was chaired by the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health.
In 2022 - 2024, ISSHN is co-chaired by:
• Budi Sudarto (they/he), Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Victoria, Australia.
• Karina Reeves (she/her), CoPAHM, Western Australia, Australia.
• Alison Coelho (she/her), Coelho Networks, Australia.
The main goal of ISSHN is for a multi-sector collaboration to advocate for greater access to sexual and reproductive health for all international students. ISSHN members comprise several not-for-profit organisations, education providers, private and publicly-funded clinics across Australia, international student associations, as well as individual community members. ISHHN meetings are held twice a year, online. The next ISSHN meeting will be held in July, 2022. If you are interested in joining the network, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A working group of 10 ISSHN members have met regularly since July 2022, to submit a position paper to the Senate Inquiry to Universal Access to Reproductive Health (15 December 2022). Please access the submission here.