Young filmmaker creates STI-mulating video to raise sexual health awareness
Bendigo Community Health Services will use a video written and created by young volunteers to break down fears and misconceptions around attending a sexual health clinic and getting tested for a sexually transmissible disease.
STI-mulating was written and directed by young Castlemaine filmmaker Conor Moore and features actors Dominic McDonell and Alexandra Kerr along with Bendigo Community Health Services sexual health nurse Mary-Anne McCluskey.
A group of young volunteers gave their time to act as crew for the filming of STI-mulating.
STI-mulating aims to break down fears and misconceptions young people have about attending a sexual health clinic for an STI test.
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The idea for the video came after Bendigo Community Health Services sexual health nurse Mary-Anne McCluskey delivered an education session to a group of students.
“I talked about how our Clinic Central offers sexual health services that are free, confidential and non-judgemental. When I asked if they would now feel better about seeing a sexual health nurse the answer was ‘no’. They wanted to know what they would need to tell the receptionist, what the sexual health nurse would ask them and STI tests involved," Mary-Anne said.
“We needed to show young people step-by-step what an appointment with a sexual health nurse involved so we looked for someone willing to help by making a short clip to break down all the fears and misconceptions.
“We are so grateful that Conor was willing to provide his expertise and time to make this amazing production. Conor wrote the script, arranged the actors and did the filming. His professionalism was outstanding and he has an amazing career ahead of him.
“We now want to see STI-mulating used far and wide to highlight the importance of sexual health and encourage young people to get tested.”
Conor Moore has started his own filmmaking company called BottomGlassCinema and found the STI-Mulation project enormously gratifying.