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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.
Reaching young men with sexual health information through digital media: new research report (and practitioner guide)
A new report by QUT Digital Media Research Centre researchers in collaboration with True Relationships and Reproductive Health and University of Technology Sydney shows that informative comedy videos shared on social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook are a good way to engage teenagers and young people with sexual health information. The report details the findings from an Australian Research Council Linkage research project that investigated teenage boys and young men’s digital media use, health seeking behaviours online and also created, shared and tracked engagement with a series of comedy videos about sex and relationships on social media sites.
The project involved focus groups of young men aged 14-23 and found that teenage boys and young men preferred informative comedy videos about sex and relationships to more traditional models of school-based sex education. While such entertainment-based approaches to sex education are not without risk, the project also found that social media offers novel opportunities for conducting audience research and deploying health campaigns, particularly with young people.
The report includes a user guide for practitioners wishing to follow a similar method for conducting a sexual health campaign on social media platforms, along with a social media use guide for any young people involved in similar campaigns.
Download the report and user guides.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reconceptualising sexuality education in the context of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia
When: 9 Mar 2016, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington
Dr Ekua Yankah, Centre for Social Research in Health
This seminar will comprise a personal reflection by Ekua Yankah on her mission to Monrovia, Liberia in July and August 2015 as the Ebola epidemic was declining in West Africa. Ekua was hired as part of a two-person team on behalf of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
“The aim of our mission was to update the Ministry of Education’s HIV and Life Skills Curriculum and for me to develop a complimentary sexuality education curriculum targeted to out-of-school children and young people. In order to realise our goal we facilitated the late Dr Doug Kirby’s 5-day logic framework training Reducing Sexual Risk Behaviour Among Young People for a large group of government and NGO stakeholders. The same group of stakeholders also attended our 5-day curriculum design workshop. We encountered many challenges along the way – not the least regular reports of rape occurring among girls of school-going age all over the country, and a nation emerging from the Ebola crisis that claimed 4,809 deaths, the hardest-hit in the region”.
Please see this report for background information prior to attending the seminar.
Dr Ekua Yankah is an Afro-German social scientist and activist. She is a former Programme Specialist with the Section on HIV and AIDS at UNESCO headquarters in Paris where she initiated and led UNESCO’s Global Programme on Sexuality Education. Since 2010 she has been working as an independent consultant for various United Nations agencies. In early 2015 Ekua was appointed Adjunct Lecturer in the Centre for Social Research in Health, where she works with Scientia Professor Peter Aggleton. Ekua holds a PhD in Social Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University.
Registration essential: https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/othersites/?path=othersites/fass/form/index.php&i=712
- Parents, educators and policy makers are overwhelmed by the pace at which digital technologies (such as mobile phone and tablets) and platforms (such as Facebook and Snapchat) are evolving – and the increasing role they play in young people’s lives.
- Practices such as sexting (the digital sharing of naked or semi-naked pictures) create complex legal and socio-cultural challenges for young people, schools and families.
- To date, health promotion and education policy and practice have struggled to develop activities and messages that offer young people better guidance than ‘just say no’.
- Four three-hour workshops were held in New South Wales and Queensland with secondary teachers, health promoters and youth workers (n=77). The workshops covered three relevant theories of media communications as well as practical activities adapted from The Selfie Course developed by Kath Albury, Terri Senft and colleagues. Follow-up surveys assessed the extent to which participants found this approach useful, relevant and applicable to their work.
- There are both individual and institutional barriers to an asset-based approach to young people’s digital media practices. At best, an approach focused solely on risk will result in frustration for professionals and young people alike. At worst, it will actively undermine trust between young people and the services that wish to support them.
- Educators and policy-makers need to move beyond asking ‘what does media do to young people?’ towards asking instead ‘what do young people do with media?’ The frameworks and activities piloted and evaluated in this study can support them to make this change.
- A majority of participants indicated a desire to engage further with critical theory and practice models for working with young people in the area of media and sexuality education.
- This report presents data self-reported by participants. Future research could engage more closely with educators to better understand how the frameworks and activities piloted in this project are applied and translated in their practice.
The Rethinking media and sexuality education project 2015 was led by Kath Albury and Paul Byron, UNSW, with the support of True Relationships & Reproductive Health Queensland, and Family Planning NSW.
The preliminary research report is being launched this morning at AFSEH’s First National Conference, at Western Sydney University.
A full pdf is available for download here.
Follow the AFSEH conference Twitter conversation at #afseh15.