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Call for abstracts: The 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights


The Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) is a biennial gathering of civil society, young people, academia, government, media, private sector, and development partners from the region concerned about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The first APCRSHR was organized in 2001 in Manila and the succeeding seven conferences were hosted by countries across Asia. The 9th APCRSHR will be held from 27th to 30st November 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference expects to welcome 1,000 or more participants from across the Asia Pacific region. It is an initiative of non-governmental organizations, but includes contributions from governmental and multilateral institutions.

The first International Committee meeting of the 9th APCRSHR was held in Hanoi on April 19 to 20, 2016 and agreed that the 9th APCRSHR theme should be Leave No One Behind! Justice in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The Organizing Committee warmly invites you to submit abstracts for the 9th ASIA PACIFICE CONFERENCE ON REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH AND RIGHTS (9th APCRSHR).

The topics covered by the conference includes state-of-the-art research; policy and programme evidence; service delivery systems; advocacy and communication of different elements of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) especially with respect to the most vulnerable populations. The meeting will emphasize equity, inclusiveness and rights.

The selection of oral presentations and posters for presentation will be based on the quality of submissions and their relevance to the key conference subthemes:

1.     Overcoming social, cultural and religious barriers in sexual and reproductive health
2.     Towards a just economic order for sexual and reproductive health
3.     Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health and rights
4.     Making good quality sexual and reproductive health education available to all
5.     Advancing justice and equity in sexual and reproductive health and health care
6.     Other themes of relevance to SRHR in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The review of submissions will be guided by the objectives and subthemes of the conference, but the scientific committee will give full consideration to abstracts related to other themes relevant to SRHR, and may create additional sessions or tracks to accommodate these. The deadline for online submission of abstracts is 31 March 2017

A panel of Vietnamese and international experts will anonymously review all submissions.  A limited number of scholarships will be provided by the Organizing Committee to the presenters of papers selected for oral or poster presentation.

Authors should submit an abstract of less than 450 words to the online abstract submission page http://www.apcrshr9vn.org/. An indication of the abstract structure could include Objective: 100 words, Method: 100 words, Results: 150 words, Conclusions: 100 words

Authors will be asked to classify their submission to one of the five conference subthemes or the sixth “other” category

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Reminder: Respectful Relationships education forum. Brisbane, 18 Feb.

On Thursday, 18 February, True – relationships and reproductive health in partnership with the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) will be holding a one-day event in respectful relationships education, both in-school and beyond.  
A wide range of topics will be discussed that will be of interest to those working in health, education, gender and sexual equality, violence prevention and related fields.  
Further details about the event and how to register are available here


Planning to discuss the Essena O’Neill story with young people? Read this first…


Social Media Dress

(illustration credit: Anthony Stone)


Western Australian academic Crystal Abidin recently completed an ethnographic study of social media ‘influencers’. Her research tells us that the Essena O’Neill story is about A LOT more than the dangers of social media.

This blog post (and others on Crystal’s blog) offers an overview on mainstream media coverage of O’Neill’s story, and suggests  some ways to think about and discuss it, without blaming, or shaming young people’s social media practices. As Abidin provocatively puts it:

Dwelling on the micro-public actions of one 18-year-old (without taking into account nuances like her demographic, context, backstory, motivations, etc) and casting a blanket statement that WE NEED TO SAVE YOUNG PEOPLE or that YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NARCISSISTIC is

1) shallow albeit clickbaity,

2) prescriptive and not descriptive, and

3) just not productive. What is the value of another article describing how O’Neill cried through her video?

AFSEH members Kath Albury and Paul Byron have been conducting research into the ways that Australian sexuality educators and health promotion professionals engage with young people’s digital and mobile media practices. They will be launching their initial report on this project at the AFSEH National Conference at the University of Western Sydney in late November. You can check out a draft program here, and register for the conference here.


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

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,