Comprehensive and evidence-based relationships and sexuality education is critical to ensuring that all people can access, understand, appraise and apply good sexual and reproductive health knowledge in decision-making to optimise their health outcomes. It is particularly important for young people, as they experience puberty and begin to explore their sexuality, that they have the information, confidence and skills to engage in health-promoting behaviours and exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.
There is strong evidence that providing children and adolescents with relationships and sexuality education that is inclusive, age- and developmentally appropriate, and evidence-based, enhances autonomy and decision-making, can reduce poor outcomes such as sexually transmissible infections and unplanned pregnancy, and prevent violence against women and children. Comprehensive relationships and sexuality education establishes the basis for healthy, positive attitudes about sex and relationships, supports the development of knowledge and skills to interact safely online, encourages inclusive and non-discriminatory attitudes towards LGBTIQ+ populations.
The aim of the course is to improve the knowledge and skills of the youth and community sector to enable them to support and empower young people regarding their sexual health.
The learning outcomes for participants are:
- Describe the medical and legal aspects of young people seeking advice and support with their sexual health
- Describe the intersections of lived experience that may impact a young person’s sexual health
- Describe the process of supporting a young person to access a safe inclusive youth-friendly health service
- Identify STI and BBV transmission and harm minimisation strategies and apply these to working with young people
- Identify the various methods of contraception and describe their uses including the prevention of pregnancy and management of troublesome bleeding
- Identify non-directive pregnancy support for young people including abortion, adoption and continuation of pregnancy
- Describe how to support and affirm a young person who is diverse in their sex, sexuality or gender with their sexual health
This professional development opportunity is being offered as part of the work to implement the Good Health Down South 2021 - 2025
regional strategy to improve women's sexual and reproductive health, led by WHISE and supported by the Good Health Down South Network. To read the strategy, please see our website: https://whise.org.au/how-we-improve-womens-health/how-we-improve-sexual-and-reproductive-health/
For more information regarding this event or WHISE's work in sexual and reproductive health, please contact Health Promotion Officer Laura Riccardi via email: firstname.lastname@example.org