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Safety, sexual health and wellbeing on dating apps: What app-users want you to know

About this Event

This workshop introduces key findings of the ARC Linkage Project ‘Safety, risk and wellbeing on dating apps’, a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology, Sydney University, ACON Health Pty Ltd and Family Planning NSW. This event is open to professionals in the fields of sexual health promotion, health services, sexuality education and youth support services.

The presentation draws on a mixed-methods study which invited NSW dating app users aged 18-35 to share their experiences of app use. We will share key findings related to: managing mental health and personal wellbeing; negotiating consent and safer sex; and dealing with harassment/abuse.

Participants will leave with a basic understanding of:

• The range of apps and social media platforms that Australians of diverse genders and sexualities use to connect with new partners for casual hook-ups and/or longer-term relationships;

• The aspects of app design and app culture that make users feel safer or less safe;

• The strategies dating app users draw on to feel happier and safer using when apps and meeting up with new partners;

• The information and services Australian app users want from health professionals and health organisations.

The workshop will be facilitated by members of the Swinburne research team, and members of the ACON Health and Family Planning NSW and health promotion teams.

The workshop combines a mini-lecture format with small and large group discussion, and personal reflection activities, while the webinar is more focused on the research presentation, plus Q&A. In both cases, participants will be provided with ‘cheat-sheet’ resources to share with their colleagues. You will also be invited to complete a short (optional) survey immediately pre and post the workshop.

Please sign up to this event to register your attendance.

If you are interested in this workshop but cannot travel to Sydney to attend on this date, you have the option of attending a webinar hosted by Family Planning NSW. Please email Tinonee Pym (tpym at swin.edu.au) to be added to the webinar mailing list.

The SRE Teacher Project – Professional Development WA

Sexuality & Relationships Education
2 Day Professional Development workshop – registrations closing soon!
“Amazing course that all teachers should have the opportunity to do”
“I left feeling confident, equipped with practical approaches I can integrate directly into the classroom. I’m feeling enthused about teaching this somewhat challenging subject to my students!
          Attendees from our 2016 2 Day PD

This is a reminder that registrations for our upcoming professional development workshop close on the 8th of April.
The SRE Teacher Project – Term 2 Professional Development 2 day workshop
Registration: Registration now open!
Date: Thursday 24th and Friday the 25th May, 2018
Time: All day
Location: Technology Park Function Centre, Bentley
*Registrations close on the 8th of April. Your place in this workshop is not automatically guaranteed upon completion of the registration form. Final places will be confirmed on the 11th of April.

The SRE Teacher Project – Term 2 After-school workshop
‘Ideas for teaching STIs and safer sex to young people’
Registration now open!
Date: Thursday 17th May / Term 2, week 3
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Location: Technology Park Function Centre, Bentley
 We look forward to seeing you soon.
Kind Regards,
The SRE Teacher Project team,


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.

Special AFSEH issue of Sex Education journal

A recently published issue of Sex Education contains key papers from AFSEH’s first national conference.

With an open access editorial introduction by Tania Ferfolja and Jacqueline Ullman, and an open access In Conversation between Simon Blake and Peter Aggleton, the issue contains papers details cutting edge research and commentary from across Australia.

Topics addressed include:

  • the importance of educating young people about HPV vaccination in schools;
  • teacher positivity towards gender diversity;
  • parents’ perspectives on sexuality education;
  • the politicisation of Australian queer affirming curriculum materials;
  • young people’s perspectives on homophobic language use; and
  • LGBTIQ experiences in tertiary education.

Contributors include Paul Byron, Cristyn Davies, Karyn Fulcher, Kerry Robinson, Barrie Shannon, Rachel Skinner and Andrea Waling

Full details here:


Parents & sexuality education: New ‘Talk soon, talk often’ digital resource

The NSW version of the ‘Talk soon.Talk often’ sexuality education resource for parents is now online
Click HERE  for the Flip book version


Call for Papers: Journal of LGBT Youth ‘Still Queering Elementary Education’

Still Queering Elementary Education

Journal of LGBT Youth Special Issue Editors: Dr. James Sears & Dr. Kristopher Wells
Eighteen years ago, shortly after the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard, the landmark book “Queering elementary education: Advancing the dialogue about sexualities and schooling” (Letts & Sears, 1999) was published with critical attention. At the time, even the word “queer” was viewed as controversial and contested as the field of LGBT educational studies challenged everyday taken-for-granted heteronormative assumptions about teaching, curriculum, childhood, gender, race, and the construction of family. This groundbreaking collection contained 22 essays, which explored foundational questions such as “What does it mean to teach queerly?”; “Why discuss sexuality in elementary schools?”; “What is a family?”; and “Who makes a girl or a boy?”. During the 2008 presidential contest, the book continued to draw focused attention when a written endorsement by Bill Ayers (featured on the book’s back cover) was associated with a Right Wing conservative attack on the Obama campaign.
While the study and field of elementary education has gradually progressed into more nuanced and complex investigations examining the normalizing processes of sexuality and gender, there still remains a paucity of critical scholarship focused on the primary schools as foundational to the construction and regulation of (hetero)sexualities and binary gender identifications. This is especially evident with recent increased interest and awareness of transgender children who are becoming much more visible and vocal at younger ages in primary schools. How are elementary educators and administrators responding to this “gender revolution”? How do elementary schools operate as critical sites for the production and regulation of sexuality, gender, and the promotion of childhood innocence? How are teachers implicated in or complicit with these normalizing discourses? How do students understand and do gender? How do they creatively resist and redeploy these identity-constituting practices? At what costs? Under what historical, social, cultural, and political conditions are discourses of sexuality and gender circulated and (re)produced? What are the impacts of hegemonic masculinities and femininities and possibilities for students to be and act otherwise? How might we continue to queer elementary classrooms and teaching practices to create spaces of immense hope and possibility to live beyond the gender binary?
This special double issue invites papers examining these and other questions to explicate the current state of the field of elementary education and LGBT issues worldwide. How far have we come as a discipline? What are the continued absences, barriers, and silences? Where does the field need to go to continue to advance the dialogue and bring forth meaningful change?
Abstracts are due April 30, 2017.
For more details (including deadlines), please visit: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/beh/journal-lgbt-youth-education


Employment Opportunity: WA Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Program

 WA Health’s Sexual Health and Blood-borne Program has established a new Senior Policy Officer position with a strong focus on the Schools sector.
Schools/education related positions in WA Health don’t present very often, particularly not at a senior level – so this is a rare career opportunity for those in the health education sector.
It is a Senior position and in public service terms, is at Level 6 (salary range vicinity of $99,000 – $110,00).  The position will have responsibilities in policies and programs for sexual health and relationships schools education programs on a state-wide basis.  There is also a strong element of managing web-based content and functionality for the schools program and other related websites as well as involvement in strategic projects and inter-sectoral initiatives. For information and position description see:


Youth, Health & Practical Justice Conference, UTS, 4-5 Dec, – submit your abstracts!

Join us for the first national interdisciplinary conference for those working to promote young people’s wellbeing and health in education, health service, community, and youth work settings.

Youth, Health and Practical Justice is hosted by the UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the UTS Faculty of Health explore themes of inclusion and participation, equity, assets and responses, and justice and social exclusion. For information on submission of abstracts and conference registration see: https://pjiconference.arts.unsw.edu.au/

We invite contributions of the following topics:

  • Understanding young people and health
  • Health and wellbeing of recent migrants and refugees
  • Digital cultures and youth
  • Communities, parents and young people’s health
  • Health promotion for youth: methods and approaches
  • Indigenous youth: priorities and perspectives
  • Youth-led initiatives: local and international experiences
  • Sexuality, education and health
  • Putting justice and rights centre stage
  • Popular pedagogy and informal education
  • Critical perspectives on drugs, alcohol and risk

The Youth, Health and Practical Justice Conference is organised by the Practical Justice Initiative at UNSW Australia and the Faculty of Health at UTS, Sydney. We acknowledge the support of Sexualities and Genders Research within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, and the School of Education and Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University.

Academic employment: Principal Research Fellows, Melbourne

Academic AFSEH members may be interested in two new positions at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (Latrobe University), both closing on Sunday 18th September.
Both are research-only positions for 5 years at Academic Level D with responsibility for the development of key areas of established and emerging research excellence identified in the Centre’s Strategic Plan. Please feel free to circulate this information widely through your networks, and particularly to anyone you know who might be interested in applying. Application details below:
1. Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow
This position has primary responsibility for leading the development of internationally recognised research programs in sexuality research with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities; health and human rights; qualitative research methodologies; and theoretical fields related to sexuality, gender, health and policy.
2. Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow
The primary responsibility for this position will be to lead the development of internationally recognised research programs focusing on young people’s sexual health and sexuality education.


Casual employment: Reproductive and Sexual Health Project Roles, Brisbane

True Relationships and Reproductive Health (www.true.org.au) is building a pool of casual staff to work on variety of upcoming projects and programs in areas of reproductive and sexual health, gender equity, child safety, disability, diversity and inclusion. Applicants may have skills in areas of training and facilitation, research, health promotion and education, international development, community planning or monitoring and evaluation.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an induction process, attend a bi-annual community of practice meeting and would preferably be based in Brisbane. The level of engagement and hours of work will depend upon the skill set of the employee, current projects and available resources.

The position description is advertised here: http://www.true.org.au/about-true/employment/project-officer-education-and-community-services

Should you have any questions about the role, or current and upcoming projects, please contact Bonney Corbin at bonney.corbin@true.org.au.