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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,


WA Event: SIREN Symposium on Sexual Health and BBV issues

The third biennial SiREN Symposium will bring together West Australian practitioners, clinicians, researchers and policy makers with an interest in sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) issues. The Symposium will provide opportunities to:

  • Connect with others in the SHBBV sector;
  • Learn about the latest projects and research; and
  • Build skills in research, evaluation and knowledge translation.

Registration now open!

Registrations for the Symposium are now open. The registration prices are as follows:

  • Full-time student/unwaged registration: $60
  • Early bird registration (prior to Thursday March 29, 2018): $120
  • Full registration (from Friday March, 30 2018): $150

To register please click here and follow the link to the 2018 SiREN Symposium event registration. NOTE: If completing multiple registrations, please only enter up to four at a time as the system times out and loses the information.

Social Media, Sexual Citizenship and Youth Research showcase and panel discussion: Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

When: Tuesday 10 April, 6-8pm

Where: Room TD144, TD Building, John Street (five minutes from Glenferrie Station)

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn

Free event showcasing young Melbourne researchers and social media communication professionals alongside researchers from the ARC Discovery project Queer Generations: Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth (https://queergenerations.org/).

We  welcome  health and education professionals, teachers, researchers, policy makers and community leaders who are working to fuel progress in the fields of sexuality, education and health

Confirmed presenters include:

Kath Albury (Swinburne University of Technology) on

Queer young people’s negotiation of safety, risk and visibility in hookup app cultures

Charlie Chapple (Swinburne University of Technology) on

Closed Facebook communities as peer support for trans and non-binary young people

Daniel Marshall and Ben Hegarty (Deakin University) on

Minus 18: a case-study in histories of queer youth uses of communication technologies

Jonathan Mavroudis (Swinburne University of Technology) on

Shirtless selfies and young gay men’s identity formation practices

Ivy McGowan (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Latrobe University) on

Targeting (successful) research recruitment: Lessons from LGBTIQ digital activist cultures

Panel discussion (including presenters and members of the Queer Generations team):

Reflections on sexual citizenship and the emergent relationship between growing up queer and contemporary media practices

This event is presented by Swinburne University of Technology Social Media Research Group, Family Planning Victoria, the Queer Generations research project and the Australia Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH).

Please RSVP here.

Further information please contact Tinonee Pym: tpym@swin.edu.au

Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/celesteh/

Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) Conference. 6-9 November 2017

For several years, the annual conference of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance has provided a setting in which issues of sexuality, sexual health and education can be discussed.

This year’s conference takes place between 6-9 November 2017 in Canberra. Among the keynote speakers is Simon Blake – Chief Executive of the National Union of Students in the UK and former CEO of Blake, the UK’s largest provider of sexual health information and services for young people. Simon gave a spectacular opening address at AFSEH’s first national conference in 2015

Full details of the ASHA conference are available here


Women’s Rights and Preventing FGM in East Africa and Australia – panel discussion, Brisbane, March 29

You, your friends and colleagues are invited to join us for an evening panel about Women’s Rights in Somaliland and the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation /Cutting in East Africa and Australia.
The event will feature international speaker, activist and researcher, Amina Mohamud Warsame, from the Network Against FGM/C in Somaliland. Ms Warsame is an activist and advocate for women’s human rights, specifically the eradication of all forms of FGM/C.
This event will build the capacity of Australian service providers and members of relevant communities to learn from the Somaliland experience to develop and adapt successful strategies to prevent FGM/C in the Australian context.
The key feature of the night will include a panel discussion with Ms Warsame and a selected group of influential panellists from the health, activist and health promotion community.
Cost: $10.00
Date: 29 March 2017
Time: 4.30pm-6.30pm
Location: Common Ground Studio, 16 Proe Street, Newstead QLD 4006
Further information and registration: Click here


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

For more information please contact with
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Young people, sexuality and diversity – evidence, entitlement and effectiveness

Simon Blake on Young people, sexuality and diversity – evidence, entitlement and effectiveness
When: 25 Nov 2015, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: CSRH, Level 2 John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington
Who: Simon Blake, Chief Executive of the National Union of Students in the UK
Simon Blake

This seminar will look at the way rights, values and evidence can come together to provide all young people with education and support that enables children and young people to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to manage their relationships, choices and sexual lives as they move through puberty, adolescence and into adulthood.

Simon Blake OBE is Chief Executive of the National Union of Students in the UK, a confederation of 600 Students’ Unions. He is Deputy Chair of Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charity. Until May this year, all of Simon’s work had been solely focused on sex and relationships education, sexual health and well being for over 20 years. He was Chief Executive of Brook, the young people’s sexual health charity and Sex Education Forum.

To register: https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/event/young-people-sexuality-and-diversity-evidence-entitlement-and-effectiveness/



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

Growing & developing healthy relationships: supporting schools to deliver effective sexuality & relationships education (WA)

When: Monday 26th October, 2015 | 8‐4.30pm |

Where: Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie‐Hall Drive, Bentley WA

Join us for this exciting full‐day event where we showcase recent developments in school‐based sexuality and relationships education (SRE).

Hear from a broad range of engaging speakers, speak with a variety of WA agencies that can support you with your delivery of SRE and participate in a range of practical activities that you can take straight back to your classroom.

Anyone interested in effective school‐ based sexuality education is encouraged to attend. This includes qualified teachers, education students, school health nurses and administrators. This symposium is applicable to all year levels (K‐ 12) and all school sectors.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Deb Ollis | Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Building capacity in sexuality education: what does it take to implement a whole school approach?

James Clarke | 2014 WA Young Person of the Year

My experience as student (to be confirmed)

Maggie Woodhead | Senior Policy Officer, Statewide Protection of Children Coordination Unit

Child sexual abuse: Why children might not tell

Choose from a variety of afternoon sessions. A full program will be posted closer to the symposium at www.healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/teaching/soph_short_courses.cfm

$65 General admission | $45 Full‐time students | Save $15 if you register before 25th September, 2015

Group discounts also available (4 or more tickets)

Please visit www.sreteacherproject.eventbrite.com.au  to register.

Your ticket price includes full catering and a USB filled with all presentation materials

This event is supported by Curtin University, Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (gdhr.wa.gov.au) and the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health.