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Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex

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Designed for parents and carers, Talk soon. Talk often was originally developed in 2011 by the Western Australia Department of Health, following research by La Trobe University to determine what parents want with regard to the sexuality education of their children. The recommendations from Parents and sex education in Western Australia – A consultation with parents on educating their children about sexual health at home and school (2008) by Sue Dyson, included the need for a high quality, attractive resource that would be long lasting and well used within families and across communities.

There have been several print runs in WA with over 60,000 books being distributed since its initial release in late 2011. Talk soon. Talk often has also been reproduced in Tasmania and its content and messaging has been used to develop shorter, specialised resources in other states.

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The original publication, written by Jenny Walsh from La Trobe University has now been updated by the HARP Team of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District to reflect the NSW context and is being launched across the Local Health Districts of Nepean Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Hunter New England. The changes include updated referrals, information about relevant NSW programs and legal issues. The photos have been changed to reflect the diversity of communities across NSW. 

Talk soon. Talk often is a broad resource that reflects the diversity of parent’s voices. The book is a great companion to the NSW PDHPE Curriculum, and aligns with the NSW Department of Education document About sexuality and sexual health education in NSW government schools, March 2015. It enables families to extend the classroom learning without fear or awkwardness about language and challenging questions. Talk soon. Talk often aims to establish open and honest communication from early in childhood. The book provides tips on creating easy conversations about bodies, relationships, health and sexuality, as part of routine communication.

For further information, to contact:

Bronwyn Leece Bronwyn.Leece@health.nsw.gov.au (02 4734 3998) or Louise Maher Louise.Maher1@health.nsw.gov.au

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