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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.
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:
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.
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
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
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.