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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.

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/

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.

Sexuality, Citizenship and Youth – WA workshop

In partnership with the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) and the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN), we are pleased to invite you to our second Western Australian workshop event. Join us for a late afternoon tea followed by a fun and stimulating discussion with speakers from across WA and Australia!

This event, which will take place at Shenton Park, is targeted at 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. The workshop will be an opportunity to gain insights into these issues and more; expand your professional development, and network with like-minded professionals.

The workshop will commence at 5pm for food and networking, followed by presentations commencing at 5.45pm.

Presenters:

Peter Aggleton (UNSW Sydney).

Roanna Lobo (Curtin University; SiREN).

Rob Cover (University of Western Australia).

Mary Lou Rasmussen (Australian National University) – Changing LGBTQ Youth Social Policy since 1990.

Kai Schweizer (Peer educator, Youth Affairs Council of WA) – Trans representation in the contemporary Western media.

Daniel Marshall (Deakin University) – Archives and the representation of queer young people.

Leigh Hill (editor, Out in Perth) – Role of LGBTQ community media for young people.

Renee Newman (WAAPA) – Filmmaker and director of film It’s Not Just Me, Renee will be discussing and introducing the film with focus on young people’s gender transition experiences in Western Australia.

Sam Winter (Curtin University) – Discussant.

To RSVP or for more information please email siren@curtin.edu.au.

Please RSVP by 1 December for catering purposes

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
 

 

Save the Date: Sexuality, Citizenship and Youth workshop, 8 June, WA

In partnership with the Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) and the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN), we are pleased to invite you to a free pre-SiREN symposium workshop event. 

Join us for afternoon tea followed by a fun and stimulating discussion with speakers from across WA and Australia!

Peter Aggleton from UNSW Australia will talk about the importance of sexual
citizenship for all young people.

Rob Cover from UWA will talk on emergent sexual diversities in and on social
networking sites, and their potential to help young people learn about sex, sexuality and
relationships.

Dani Wright Toussaint from the Freedom Centre youth program will talk about LGBTIQ youth support – contemporary conditions and programs.

Kyra Clarke from UWA will talk about her recent work on teenage film and television.

Olivia Knowles from Safe Schools Coalition WA will talk about the work schools are
doing to become safer places, as well as the continuing need to create inclusive
environments for all in schools.

This event, which will take place at Shenton Park, is targeted at 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.

To gain insights into these issues and more; expand your professional development and network with like-minded professionals, register here your interest in attending the seminar, which will take place 8 June 2016, 4:00-6:30pm.

Will you feed me?

Absolutely! We will begin this workshop with a 30 minute afternoon tea and networking session. Short presentations will begin promptly at 4.30pm.

We will write to you with full details of the event. Places are limited so an early response is much
appreciated.

Professional Development Programs for Effective Sexuality and Relationships Education – WA

Curtin University provides an extensive range of training programs in the area of school‐based sexuality and relationships education (SRE). We offer training opportunities for both pre‐service and in‐service teachers, and strive to provide all our attendees with ongoing support. Our programs are also suitable for school administrators and community health nurses who work in schools.

Additional events will be scheduled throughout the year, so please email jacqui.hendriks@curtin.edu.au if you wish to join our mailing list.

Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling in any of our undergraduate or postgraduate units dedicated to school‐based SRE. Students from other WA universities may be eligible to enrol.

2016 Calendar of Events

Visit www.sreteacherproject.eventbrite.com.au for more information and to register

(Registrations open a few months prior to each event)

17th & 18th March 2016 All day SRE Professional Development Workshop (2 days)
31st March 2016 4‐6pm Seminar

Pornography and young people

7th June 2016 4‐6pm Seminar

Innovative ways to teach respectful relationships

30th September 4‐6pm Seminar

Cyber safety, sexuality and young people

12th November 4‐6pm Seminar

Supporting male teachers who deliver SRE

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.

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

Abstracts 

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