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Get the Facts gets all new look

The Department of Health's youth website Get the Facts has a fresh new look and feel.

Get the Facts’ makeover follows an evaluation of the site early last year by young people.

Targeted at 14 to 17 year olds, the site provides information, resources, advice and referrals on sexual health, blood-borne viruses and other related sexual and relationship issues.

The site was developed in 2009 after consultation with young people on how they accessed information on these subjects.

Results from an online survey found that 50% of site visitors to Get the Facts were aged 14 to 16, followed by 10 to 13 year olds (20%), people aged 20 and over (13%) and 17 to 19 year olds (11%).

The survey revealed that a large number of people who visited the site were doing so for the first time.

Feedback from the evaluation was positive regarding the site’s navigability and content, with site-testing respondents and focus group participants describing its categories as easy to follow and its information as credible, relevant and easy to understand.

However, the evaluation also highlighted the view of young respondents that the site would benefit from a more modern and vibrant look.

The revamped site includes many interactive animations and features, such as:

  • “Find a Service” – where users can search for sexual health clinics and youth-friendly GPs in WA
  • “Ask a Question” – where users can have a sexual health query answered by a health professional
  • Online chlamydia testing – which enables people aged 16 years and over to complete a risk self-assessment for the disease and, where necessary, access a free chlamydia test by presenting to a PathWest collection centre.

From 1 February 2010 through to 31 January 2011, Get the Facts had a total of 69,793 visits.

The website is promoted through schools, youth services, Department of Health sexual health and blood-borne viruses publications, and non-government organisations.

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