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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.

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.

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.

Forum: Cutting Edge Issues in Sexuality and Relationships Education (Adelaide)

You are warmly invited to an interactive forum which will be held as an adjunct to the Australasian Sexual Health Conference being held in Adelaide, November 2016.
Who is this for?
Teachers, community educators, health promotion officers, registered nurses and midwives, doctors, counsellors and other interested people.
Forum Themes
• Taking gender and sexual diversity seriously
• Confidence in teaching about sexual violence
• Student ‘voice’ in sexuality education: problems and possibilities
• Pre-service teacher education: the hope for change in sexual and relationships education
Panel Members
• Professor Peter Aggleton: Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia
• Dr Helen Calabretto: SHine SA
• Associate Professor Tiffany Jones: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University
• Jane Flentje: Educational Consultant; former Coordinator Teacher Education, SHine SA
• James Castle: Schools Coordinator, Schools Education & Support, SHine SA; White Ribbon Ambassador
• Professor Bruce Johnson: School of Education, University of South Australia
• Natalie Terminelli: Teacher, Woodville High School
• Dr Debbie Ollis: School of Education, Deakin University
• Dr Deborah Bateson: Family Planning NSW; President, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance
When
16 November 2016
Registration: 3.00 – 3.20 pm Forum: 3.20 – 6.00 pm
Where
University of South Australia, City West Campus
BH 2.09 Lecture Theatre (Barbara Hanrahan Building)

Transport

Public car parking is available in Hindley Street. Tram, bus and train
transport are convenient to the City West Campus
Cost
$20 (includes refreshments)
Registration
Click here to register by 5.00pm Monday 14 November.
There will be limited places available at the door (cash only), but we would prefer pre-registration to assist us with catering.
Further information:
Gemma Weedall (08) 8300 5394 or Helen Calabretto (08) 7099 5318

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.

Free UNSW seminar: sexuality education in the Liberian Ebola epidemic

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

Rethinking media and sexuality education: executive summary

 

coverimage credit: George

Executive Summary

What’s the problem?

  • 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’.

What we did

  • 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.

What we found

  • 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.

Next steps

  • 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.