About this Event
This workshop introduces key findings of the ARC Linkage Project ‘Safety, risk and wellbeing on dating apps’, a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology, Sydney University, ACON Health Pty Ltd and Family Planning NSW. This event is open to professionals in the fields of sexual health promotion, health services, sexuality education and youth support services.
The presentation draws on a mixed-methods study which invited NSW dating app users aged 18-35 to share their experiences of app use. We will share key findings related to: managing mental health and personal wellbeing; negotiating consent and safer sex; and dealing with harassment/abuse.
Participants will leave with a basic understanding of:
• The range of apps and social media platforms that Australians of diverse genders and sexualities use to connect with new partners for casual hook-ups and/or longer-term relationships;
• The aspects of app design and app culture that make users feel safer or less safe;
• The strategies dating app users draw on to feel happier and safer using when apps and meeting up with new partners;
• The information and services Australian app users want from health professionals and health organisations.
The workshop will be facilitated by members of the Swinburne research team, and members of the ACON Health and Family Planning NSW and health promotion teams.
The workshop combines a mini-lecture format with small and large group discussion, and personal reflection activities, while the webinar is more focused on the research presentation, plus Q&A. In both cases, participants will be provided with ‘cheat-sheet’ resources to share with their colleagues. You will also be invited to complete a short (optional) survey immediately pre and post the workshop.
Please sign up to this event to register your attendance.
If you are interested in this workshop but cannot travel to Sydney to attend on this date, you have the option of attending a webinar hosted by Family Planning NSW. Please email Tinonee Pym (tpym at swin.edu.au) to be added to the webinar mailing list.
The third biennial SiREN Symposium will bring together West Australian practitioners, clinicians, researchers and policy makers with an interest in sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) issues. The Symposium will provide opportunities to:
- Connect with others in the SHBBV sector;
- Learn about the latest projects and research; and
- Build skills in research, evaluation and knowledge translation.
Registration now open!
Registrations for the Symposium are now open. The registration prices are as follows:
- Full-time student/unwaged registration: $60
- Early bird registration (prior to Thursday March 29, 2018): $120
- Full registration (from Friday March, 30 2018): $150
To register please click here and follow the link to the 2018 SiREN Symposium event registration. NOTE: If completing multiple registrations, please only enter up to four at a time as the system times out and loses the information.
Reaching young men with sexual health information through digital media: new research report (and practitioner guide)
A new report by QUT Digital Media Research Centre researchers in collaboration with True Relationships and Reproductive Health and University of Technology Sydney shows that informative comedy videos shared on social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook are a good way to engage teenagers and young people with sexual health information. The report details the findings from an Australian Research Council Linkage research project that investigated teenage boys and young men’s digital media use, health seeking behaviours online and also created, shared and tracked engagement with a series of comedy videos about sex and relationships on social media sites.
The project involved focus groups of young men aged 14-23 and found that teenage boys and young men preferred informative comedy videos about sex and relationships to more traditional models of school-based sex education. While such entertainment-based approaches to sex education are not without risk, the project also found that social media offers novel opportunities for conducting audience research and deploying health campaigns, particularly with young people.
The report includes a user guide for practitioners wishing to follow a similar method for conducting a sexual health campaign on social media platforms, along with a social media use guide for any young people involved in similar campaigns.
Download the report and user guides.