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Respectful Relationships Education as Violence Prevention: call for speakers

True Relationships and Reproductive Health in partnership with the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) are organising a teacher led forum to be held in February 2016.

Date     18 February 2016

Time     9.00am-4.30pm

Cost     This is a non-profit event; however a small fee may be charged to cover the cost of venue hire and light refreshments.

Venue   Brisbane (TBA)

Note:    Registrations will open in November 2015


Earlier this year, a national forum discussed relationships and sexuality education in schools as an important form of violence prevention.

Discussion centered on:

  • Schools as platforms for violence prevention work
  • How schools can reduce children’s vulnerability to bullying, emotional violence, violence, sexual abuse and assault
  • Whole of school and community-wide approaches

Participants at the forum requested another event with a longer time frame that is teacher-led.


Teachers, principals, school nurses, youth workers, researchers and anyone interested in expanding community based responses to violence prevention and child protection

Submitting an expression of interest to present

We are calling for speakers who are willing to share their contemporary approaches to relationships and sexuality education.

In your expression of interest please provide:

  • An abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • A brief biography (maximum 200 words)
  • Details of how long you would like to present and the workshop/facilitation approach you would like to use
  • Any other requirements or considerations

    Expressions of interest

    Please send your expression of interest by COB Wednesday 14 October 2015 to

    E rebecca.johnson@true.org.au

    More information

Please contact Rebecca Johnson

E rebecca.johnson@true.org.au

P 07 3250 0240

Voices of Sexuality Education – video resources

Voices of Sexuality Education

This free resource consists of a series of youtube clips portraying the sexuality education experiences of young people and their parents/carers from a range of cultural backgrounds, belief systems, abilities/disabilities, from rural locations, and including those who are same sex attracted or sex and gender diverse. It also features sexuality education professionals who share their knowledge.

It is divided into two sections:

o    Contemporary Sexuality Education: challenges and opportunities  (7 clips)

o    Inclusive Practice (15 clips)

It aims to:

o    assist in preparing pre-service teachers to teach sexuality education

o    support existing teachers and health workers

o    align with sexuality education resources, particularly Sexuality Education Matters: Preparing pre-service teachers to teach sexuality education, Deakin University

Each youtube clip has a list of relevant resources and prompt questions are provided as a way to engage educators in critical reflection.

The sexuality education professionals featured in the resource include: Debbie Ollis, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Jenny Walsh, and Maree Crabbe.

The resource was created by the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH), The University of Melbourne.

The following organisations and committees (in alphabetical order) collaborated on the project: Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS); Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University; Barwon Health; Bendigo Community Health Services; Brophy Family Youth Services; Deakin University; Golden City Support Services; La Trobe University; Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual  Assault; Monash University; Multicultural Health Support Services, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health; Northern Bay P-12 College; Sexuality Education Matters Steering Committee; UnitingCare Cutting Edge; Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO);  Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI)

For more information contact Kylie Stephens, Senior Health Promotion Manager, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health kylies@unimelb.edu.au  For other sexuality education resources visit http://www.cersh.com.au/projects/smart-deadly/

AFSEH conference: Abstract deadline extended to September 21

1st National Conference Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health 

Equity and Justice – in Gender, Sexuality, Education and Health 

22-23 November 2015, Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus)

 Conference themes include:

 Genders and sexualities in health and education: working together for equity and justice

 Digital cultures and youth – rights, ethics and responsibilities

 Intersectionality, sexualities and gender

 Communities, parents and sexual health – whose rights?

 Youth-led initiatives – local and international perspectives

 Popular pedagogies and informal education


We invite abstracts for papers, posters and symposia presentations. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and address one (or more) of the conference themes above. Please include with your abstract, the presentation’s title, the presenter’s name and affiliation (or list of presenters’ names and affiliations), the conference theme addressed and contact details including an email address. All abstracts will undergo peer review.

Send your abstract to Jawed Gebrael at J.Gebrael@westernsydney.edu.au

Abstracts should be received by close of business, Monday September 21, 2015

To register, go to https://ipay.uws.edu.au/pgrp_show.asp 

Scroll down to School of Education and click on the box next to Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) National Conference. Scroll to the bottom of the page and then click on Submit. You will then be taken to another page where you can enter your details and pay for the registration.

The cost to attend is $90, which includes meals and light refreshments

Any enquiries to Jawed Gebrael at J.Gebrael@westernsydney.edu.au

The 1st AFSEH Conference is supported by 

The Centre for Educational Research and the Sexualities & Genders Research Network at Western Sydney University; 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