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.
To register: https://sjMiller.eventbrite.com.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please RSVP by 1 December for catering purposes
This seminar is part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality
John Goodsell Building,
UNSW Kensington Campus (map ref F20)
This is a free event but bookings are essential.
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.