Western Australian agencies, programs and links for relationships and sexual health education
About this section
The agencies, programs and resources listed in this section have been included based on quality of educational content, relevance to subject matter, recency and accuracy of information provided at the time of publication.
The intended use of these resources is to support the knowlege, understanding and confidence of the teacher in delivering relationships and sexuality education programs. Direct use of these resources in the classroom is at the discretion of teachers and school principals.
Agencies and Programs - Western Australia
School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) empowers school based staff, parents and community agencies, through professional learning services and support resources, to develop effective drug and road safety education programs within schools and communities.
The WA Health Promoting Schools Association (WAHPSA) advocates and supports a whole school and community approach to health and wellbeing. The Association achieves this through education, coordination and collaboration with school communities and health agencies.
The Freedom Centre supports young people (under 26), families and communities to be healthy, happy and informed about diverse sexuality, sex and gender. They host drop in spaces and peer support for young people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning.
Living Proud is a non-profit organisation that provides support, information and resources to the WA lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, other sex, sexuality and gender diverse community. Services include: peer counselling, telephone counselling, professional development and lived experience forums.
Inclusive Education WA provide professional development and support for WA schools and staff who want to ensure that their schools environment is safe and inclusive for everyone, including for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse (SSAIGD) students, staff and families.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays WA (PFLAG-WA) is an organisation that supports the parents, family members and friends of loved ones who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. They offer peer support through their phone line and support group meetings.
Multicultural Communities Council of WA (MCCWA) supports and advocates disadvantaged individuals from CaLD backgrounds to realise their potential as active contributors to the economic, social and cultural life of WA. Their youth program includes a 'youth conversation circle' which provides opportunity for newly arrived migrants to practice their communication skills in a health, wellbeing (including sexual health) and relationships context.
WA Child Safety Services (WACSS) provide child safety education and training for children, young people, parents, educators and other professionals. Services include: professional learning, parent workshops, children's workshops and individual sessions.
WA Department of Education website offers information, guidelines and policies to strengthen support to WA schools in the area of child protection.
The Western Australian branch of Relationships Australia offers a wide range of programs and services to support positive and respectful relationships.
Edu Solutions Rock and Water Program offers a new way to interact with students through physical/social teaching. The program leads from games, simple self defence, boundary and communication exercises to a strong notion of self-confidence, purpose and motivation. Topics include: body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and visualising, bullying, sexual harassment, homophobia, life goals, desires and following an inner compass.
Sex Ed Rescue is run by Cath Hakanson, a sex educator who helps parents to get the knowledge, skills and confidence to have conversations with their children about sex and relationships. This site offers videos, resources, books reviews, and a free 5 day sex ed bootcamp. Sex Ed Rescue also have a parent Facebook Group that offers opportunities for parents to seek feedback on specific topics and scenarios.
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is a free 24-hour 7 days a week emergency service that offers assistance and support to any person aged 13 years and over who has experienced any form of unwanted sexual contact or behaviour in the previous 2 weeks. A free counselling service is also available (during business hours) to people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse in the past (more than 2 weeks ago).
The Australian Medical Association of Western Australia (AMA WA) Dr Yes project sends specially trained volunteer medical students into high schools to have frank, open discussions on topics concerning youth health including sexual health. Enquiries can be made through firstname.lastname@example.org
Gynaecological Awareness Information Network (GAIN) is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers who provide women with the opportunity, knowledge, confidence and support to obtain optimal gynaecological and sexual health.
Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) provides a comprehensive range of clinical, counselling, educational and training activities around sexual and reproductive health. Services include: STI testing, unplanned pregnancy counselling, contraception counselling, professional development, education sessions. SHQ can partner with your school to deliver RSE sessions on: respectful relationships, diversity in sex, gender and sexual orientation, bodies and reproductive systems, safer sex and STIs, contraception, unintended pregnancy, sexting and porn, and more.
The WA Department of Health - Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program provides sexual health information and resources for the community, health professionals and educators. Funds service providers to deliver free and low cost education sessions, professional development, clinical appointments, testing and treatment.
The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia's (YACWA) YEP Crew support and educate young people in relationships, sexual health and blood-borne virus issues. They run a variety of interactive workshops for young people that run from 45 min to 1.5 hours and are led by peer educators. Topics include: respectful relationships and consent; STIs and BBVs; contraception; gender and sexuality; the technosexual world; sex and the law.