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Child sexual assault: protecting your child -

Child sexual assault: how to help protect your child; signs of child sexual assault; and what to do if you suspect child sexual assault.

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Gender identity and mental health

Gender identity is typically developed very early in life. It’s about how you perceive your gender, how you show this to others, and how you want others to treat you.

Read more on headspace website

Teen Health - Health Topics - Sexuality

Sexuality is a combination of people's sex, their sexual feelings for others, their feelings about themselves as sexual beings, their sexual orientation and their sexual behaviour. Exploring and discovering your sexuality can be confusing, exciting, difficult and wonderful.

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Tips for a Great Sex Life after Menopause | myVMC

Menopause can affect a woman's sex life, but there aresome strategies that can help women overcome negative factors influencing their sexual function. Keeping a healthy body and mind and engaging in regular, varied sexual activity are some important aspects of maintaining sexual function after menopause.

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Women and alcohol: Gender Impact Assessment - Women's Health Victoria

Women's Health Victoria, an independent health promotion agency working through a clearinghouse to provide health information, advocacy and capacity building

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Childhood sexuality

Find out what is considered to be normal behaviour in regards to masturbation, sexual curiosity, sex play, imitation and fantasy and when to seek professional advice.

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Husband's Guide to Great Sex After Menopause | myVMC

Menopause is a time when women experience considerable hormonal changes which result in symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and sexual problems. While these symptoms are natural, they can cause significant distress for menopausal women and their partners, and can disrupt the couple's sex life.

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Recovering from sexual assault

Sexual assault happens to women and men of all ages and from all walks of life. You can be sexually assaulted in your home, at your workplace or on the street. A trusted friend, a close relative or a complete stranger can assault you. There is no such thing as a typical sexual assault.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Surviving sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is a serious crime and can have many short and long term effects on a victim or survivor. The effects of sexual abuse are not the same for every person. People may feel a variety of emotions that depend on their own circumstances.

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Menopause: An Overview | myVMC

Menopause, also known as the "change of life", is the irreversible ending of a women's menstrual periods and ability to bear children.

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