Health and wellbeing

Sexuality and sexual health

Sex and sexuality are an important part of health and wellbeing for people with disability. Your local GP is a good place to start to discuss sexual health issues. You can be referred to a specialist service if you need one. SA Health offers a range of sexual health services including face to face clinics and telephone help lines.

Sexual Healthline

The Sexual Healthline is a confidential service that you can call if you would like to speak to someone about sexual health. Phone 1300 883 793 or 1800 188 171 (free call for country callers).

Healthline nurses can put you in contact with local health services if ongoing support is needed.

SHine SA

SHine SA offers a therapeutic counselling service by professional sexual health counsellors for individuals, couples and families, including those with disability.

You can contact SHine SA by phone on 8300 5300 or by email at info@shinesa.org.au.

Learn more about sexual health and disability

SHine SA has a number of resources about disability and sexual health.  These include:

  • sexual health services for people with disability
  • puberty information for parents of boys with a disability
  • puberty information for parents of girls with a disability
  • sex education: tips for parents of children with a disability
  • friendships and dating
  • improving sexual and reproductive health for people with disability.

SHine SA also provides training for disability workers to improve their knowledge around disability sexual health issues and relationships.

Support for children and young adults

Youth Healthline

If you are aged 12 to 25 years, you can phone the Youth Healthline confidential service on 1300 131 719 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

Young people can ring for information and advice about health issues including sexual health and sexualilty.


Related information

Other websites

Recommended health checks for men and women - SA Health
Women's health services - SA Health
Men's health services - SA Health


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Page last updated 29 November 2016

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Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
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