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Growing & developing healthy relationships: supporting schools to deliver effective sexuality & relationships education (WA)

When: Monday 26th October, 2015 | 8‐4.30pm |

Where: Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie‐Hall Drive, Bentley WA

Join us for this exciting full‐day event where we showcase recent developments in school‐based sexuality and relationships education (SRE).

Hear from a broad range of engaging speakers, speak with a variety of WA agencies that can support you with your delivery of SRE and participate in a range of practical activities that you can take straight back to your classroom.

Anyone interested in effective school‐ based sexuality education is encouraged to attend. This includes qualified teachers, education students, school health nurses and administrators. This symposium is applicable to all year levels (K‐ 12) and all school sectors.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Deb Ollis | Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Building capacity in sexuality education: what does it take to implement a whole school approach?

James Clarke | 2014 WA Young Person of the Year

My experience as student (to be confirmed)

Maggie Woodhead | Senior Policy Officer, Statewide Protection of Children Coordination Unit

Child sexual abuse: Why children might not tell

Choose from a variety of afternoon sessions. A full program will be posted closer to the symposium at www.healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/teaching/soph_short_courses.cfm

$65 General admission | $45 Full‐time students | Save $15 if you register before 25th September, 2015

Group discounts also available (4 or more tickets)

Please visit www.sreteacherproject.eventbrite.com.au  to register.

Your ticket price includes full catering and a USB filled with all presentation materials

This event is supported by Curtin University, Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (gdhr.wa.gov.au) and the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health.

Save the date: AFSEH 1st National Conference 22-23 November, 2015

Save the Date  

 Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH)

1st National Conference

Equity and Justice – in gender, sexuality, education and health

 22-23 November 2015

University of Western Sydney (Parramatta campus)

Keynote speakers include

Simon Blake OBE

Chief Executive Officer of the UK National Union of Students, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Brook – the health charity for children and the National Children’s Bureau’s Sex Education Forum

 Julie Bates

Lobbyist, ‘out’ sex worker, harm reduction advocate and sex worker rights activist for more than a quarter of a century. Director of Urban Realists and founding member and first coordinator of the AIDS Drug Information Collective (now NSW Users and AIDS Association)

 Conference themes

  • Health and education – working together for equity and justice
  • Digital cultures and youth – rights, ethics and responsibilities
  • Intersectionality, sexualities and genders
  • Communities, parents and sexual health – whose rights?
  • Sexual health and the Australian Curriculum – where to now?
  • Gender, sexuality and rights across the curriculum
  • Youth-led initiatives – local and international perspectives
  • Popular pedagogy and informal education

To register your interest in participating, please contact Jawed Gabriel J.Gebrael@uws.edu.au

The 1st AFSEH national conference is supported by:

The Centre for Educational Research and the Sexualities and Genders Research Network,at the University of Western Sydney; the Arts and Social Sciences Practical Justice Initiative and the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia; and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University,


Exploring sexualities and gender diversity for the professional teacher

Attention: Stage 1 to Stage 6 Teachers, Primary & Secondary Students
Title: Exploring sexualities and gender diversity for the professional teacher
Presenters: Dr Tania Ferfolja & Dr Jacqueline Ullman (UWS) with Althea Mackenzie and Kathy Gerwald (Safe Schools Coalition NSW)
Presenter Biography:  

Tania Ferfolja is a senior lecturer in social and cultural diversity at UWS. Her research focuses on sexuality and gender diversities in schools.

Jacqueline Ullman is a lecturer in adolescent health and well-being at UWS. Her research relates to representations of gender and sexuality in the classroom and curriculum and its impact on same-sex attracted and gender nonconforming youth.

Althea Mackenzie is the Safe Schools Coalition NSW Project Manager and has developed and delivered community and professional education in NSW since 2001. Kathy Gerwald has worked in adult education for 10 years. She is currently Manager of Education Services at Family Planning NSW.


Hours: 2 hours


Wednesday 17 June 2015

3:30pm for afternoon tea: 4pm – 6pm for presentation



University of Western Sydney – Bankstown Campus

Room: 23.G.41

Cost: $99 (includes GST) includes afternoon tea
Program details:  

The Education Knowledge Network (University of Western Sydney) in conjunction with the Safe Schools Coalition NSW is running this workshop for educational professionals examining issues related to gender and sexuality diversities in schools. An inclusive, safe and understanding educational context is critical for positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes for students who are gender and sexuality diverse as well as for those who have friends, family members and acquaintances who identify. In fact, gender and sexuality diversity has relevance to everyone! It is imperative that all teachers understand the complexities related to sexual and gendered diversities and know what they and their schools can do to provide an equitable learning space for all students.