Social Media, Sexual Citizenship and Youth Research showcase and panel discussion: Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

When: Tuesday 10 April, 6-8pm

Where: Room TD144, TD Building, John Street (five minutes from Glenferrie Station)

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn

Free event showcasing young Melbourne researchers and social media communication professionals alongside researchers from the ARC Discovery project Queer Generations: Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth (

We  welcome  health and education professionals, teachers, researchers, policy makers and community leaders who are working to fuel progress in the fields of sexuality, education and health

Confirmed presenters include:

Kath Albury (Swinburne University of Technology) on

Queer young people’s negotiation of safety, risk and visibility in hookup app cultures

Charlie Chapple (Swinburne University of Technology) on

Closed Facebook communities as peer support for trans and non-binary young people

Daniel Marshall and Ben Hegarty (Deakin University) on

Minus 18: a case-study in histories of queer youth uses of communication technologies

Jonathan Mavroudis (Swinburne University of Technology) on

Shirtless selfies and young gay men’s identity formation practices

Ivy McGowan (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Latrobe University) on

Targeting (successful) research recruitment: Lessons from LGBTIQ digital activist cultures

Panel discussion (including presenters and members of the Queer Generations team):

Reflections on sexual citizenship and the emergent relationship between growing up queer and contemporary media practices

This event is presented by Swinburne University of Technology Social Media Research Group, Family Planning Victoria, the Queer Generations research project and the Australia Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH).

Please RSVP here.

Further information please contact Tinonee Pym:

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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.

sj Miller at Western Sydney University – 18 December

To register:

Sexuality, Citizenship and Youth – WA workshop

In partnership with the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) and the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN), we are pleased to invite you to our second Western Australian workshop event. Join us for a late afternoon tea followed by a fun and stimulating discussion with speakers from across WA and Australia!

This event, which will take place at Shenton Park, is targeted at health and education professionals, teachers, researchers, policy makers and community leaders who are working to fuel progress in the fields of sexuality, education and health. The workshop will be an opportunity to gain insights into these issues and more; expand your professional development, and network with like-minded professionals.

The workshop will commence at 5pm for food and networking, followed by presentations commencing at 5.45pm.


Peter Aggleton (UNSW Sydney).

Roanna Lobo (Curtin University; SiREN).

Rob Cover (University of Western Australia).

Mary Lou Rasmussen (Australian National University) – Changing LGBTQ Youth Social Policy since 1990.

Kai Schweizer (Peer educator, Youth Affairs Council of WA) – Trans representation in the contemporary Western media.

Daniel Marshall (Deakin University) – Archives and the representation of queer young people.

Leigh Hill (editor, Out in Perth) – Role of LGBTQ community media for young people.

Renee Newman (WAAPA) – Filmmaker and director of film It’s Not Just Me, Renee will be discussing and introducing the film with focus on young people’s gender transition experiences in Western Australia.

Sam Winter (Curtin University) – Discussant.

To RSVP or for more information please email

Please RSVP by 1 December for catering purposes

New Position in schools health education, Western Australia

Are you interested in a new position working health education, policy and planning?  Then check-out this position on the Jobs WA Board – posted 24 June  
The WA Health Department, Sexual Health and Blood Bourne Virus Program is seeking to appoint enthusiastic and dynamic educators to the Pool for the position of Senior Policy Officer working in the development of policies, programs and resources in priority and new emerging populations for sexually transmitted infections and sexual health education on a state-wide basis.
The appointed Officer from the Pool will undertake strategic projects with a special emphasis on intersectoral initiatives, including school-based programs and manage web-based content for multiple websites including sexual health curriculum based support for teachers, social marketing campaigns.

UNSW event, 28 June: Sexuality and sexual citizenship in the later years

Innovations towards equality? Sexual citizenship, ageing and Internet dating
Professor Chris Beasley
Ageist assumptions about sex and sexuality abound in both scholarship and institutional practice, despite the significance of sexuality for older people signalled by their use of new technologies of intimacy, including Internet dating. From the perspective of justice and sexual citizenship, it is important to examine older people’s use of these practices and the ways in which they may advance freedom and equality. This paper focuses on heterosexual older people’s use of Internet dating in ways that advance gender equity.
Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics and, from 2009 to 2014, previous Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, at the University of Adelaide. Her books include Revaluing Care in Theory, Law and Policy (2016), Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice (2012) and Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers (2005). She is currently writing a book on Internet dating with Mary Holmes.
Supporting sexual wellbeing in later life: What do older Australians want, and what do they need?
Dr Bianca Fileborn
Contrary to ageist stereotypes, many older people continue to be sexually active throughout later life. Despite this, concern for sexual health among older adults continues to be a notable absence in the health and aged care sectors. In the context of an ageing population, and increasing STI rates amongst the 60+ age group, action is needed to support and foster the sexual health and wellbeing of older Australians. Drawing on findings from the Sex, Age & Me project – the first national study of older people’s sexual relationships and sexual health – this paper will explore the key issues older Australians are currently facing and outline future directions for support.
Bianca Fileborn is a lecturer in the UNSW School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on sexuality in later life. She has been involved in two national Australian studies on sexuality, sexual health and older adults and has published widely in leading criminological and other journals. Her book Reclaiming the Night-Time Economy: Unwanted Sexual Attention in Pubs and Clubs was published by Palgrave in 2016.

This seminar is part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality

Wed 28 June 2017
4.00pm – 5.30pm
 Room 221/223, Level 2,
John Goodsell Building,
UNSW Kensington Campus (map ref F20)

This is a free event but bookings are essential.

Expressions of interest open for Family Planning Victoria/AFSEH event

The Pleasure Agenda – a by-invitation event

Pleasure and desire are fundamental components of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) yet are often absent from the agenda.

Family Planning Victoria, in partnership with The Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health, is seeking expressions of interest from thought leaders to join with us for this key event.

At the event we aim to explore how we can further embed pleasure and desire into SRH policy and practice by:

  • Broadening the SRH discourse on pleasure and desire
  • Identifying research, policy, practice and omissions
  • Forming coalitions of interest to address identified omissions
  • Developing an advocacy agenda.

This event is aimed at those working in the SRH sector in areas such as education, health promotion, research, information translation, clinical practice and Government.

If you are interested in taking part in this agenda setting event please complete the Expression of Interest form by May 19, 2017.