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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.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS:
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,


 

Expressions of interest open for Family Planning Victoria/AFSEH event

The Pleasure Agenda – a by-invitation event

Pleasure and desire are fundamental components of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) yet are often absent from the agenda.

Family Planning Victoria, in partnership with The Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health, is seeking expressions of interest from thought leaders to join with us for this key event.

At the event we aim to explore how we can further embed pleasure and desire into SRH policy and practice by:

  • Broadening the SRH discourse on pleasure and desire
  • Identifying research, policy, practice and omissions
  • Forming coalitions of interest to address identified omissions
  • Developing an advocacy agenda.

This event is aimed at those working in the SRH sector in areas such as education, health promotion, research, information translation, clinical practice and Government.

If you are interested in taking part in this agenda setting event please complete the Expression of Interest form by May 19, 2017.

Special AFSEH issue of Sex Education journal

A recently published issue of Sex Education contains key papers from AFSEH’s first national conference.

With an open access editorial introduction by Tania Ferfolja and Jacqueline Ullman, and an open access In Conversation between Simon Blake and Peter Aggleton, the issue contains papers details cutting edge research and commentary from across Australia.

Topics addressed include:

  • the importance of educating young people about HPV vaccination in schools;
  • teacher positivity towards gender diversity;
  • parents’ perspectives on sexuality education;
  • the politicisation of Australian queer affirming curriculum materials;
  • young people’s perspectives on homophobic language use; and
  • LGBTIQ experiences in tertiary education.

Contributors include Paul Byron, Cristyn Davies, Karyn Fulcher, Kerry Robinson, Barrie Shannon, Rachel Skinner and Andrea Waling

Full details here:

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csed20/17/3?nav=tocList

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

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.

 

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.

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

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.