Western Australian guidelines for relationships and sexual health education in schools
Guidelines - Western Australian
A GDHR printable illustration showing a circumcised and uncircumcised penis. This can be downloaded and printed for use in classrooms.
Some ideas to help start conversations in general ways that aren't too personal or confronting.
Curtin University provision of professional development services in school-based sexuality and relationships education: project overview (2014 - 2016)
Between 2014- 2016, Curtin University conducted a comprehensive educational program for both practicing teachers and pre-service undergraduate student teachers to equip them to deliver SRE in schools. This infographic provides a project overview, highlighting key achievements of the project over the three year period.
Evaluation of the implementation of a relationship and sexuality education project in WA schools (2019)
Article evaluating the implementation of a relationships and sexuality education project in WA schools.
A range of GDHR labelled illustrations of the female reproductive system - front view, side view, coloured and black & white. These can be downloaded and printed for use in classrooms.
A GDHR illustration showing foetal development during pregnancy within a side view of the body at 4 week intervals to 40 weeks.
The final report, executive summary and accompanying documents associated with the independent Impact Evaluation of the Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) website in 2016.
Annual analytics and updates of the Department of Health's GDHR website
A guidelines developed by Inclusive Education WA outlining how to support a student to affirm their gender. Inclusive Education WA was defunded in October 2020.
The Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools were released by the Equal Opportunity Commission Western Australia in 2014 to assist schools, in both public and private education sectors, to effectively address bullying specific to sexuality and gender diversity.
This document, developed by the WA Department of Health in 2003, is a guide for the provision of effective community and school-based education about STIs.
Paper by the Commissioner for Children and Young People on gender and sexual diversity.
An assessment tool developed by Inclusive Education WA to assess the environment of the school for the safety and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ students and staff. Assessment tools for staff, administration and students.
A range of GDHR illustrations of the male reproductive anatomy - side view - coloured, black & white, labelled and unlabelled, with erection, without erection. Can be downloaded and printed for use in classrooms.
Article that discusses the mandatory teaching of consent in Australian schools focusing on how consent is an integral part of all relationships but how education in schools must continue to develop and listen to young people in terms of how relationships are taught to students.
A GDHR chart describing changes during the menstrual cycle. Can be downloaded and printed for use in classrooms.
Parents and sex education in Western Australia: A consultation with parents on educating their children about sexual health at home and school (2008)
This research project was commissioned by the WA Department of Health to report on the role and needs of parents and teachers as sexual health educators of their children.
This project was commissioned by the WA Department of Health to determine parents' attitudes to sexual health education programs conducted in schools, and also what resources were required to assist parents to conduct sexual health education at home.
A set of GDHR illustrations showing implantation to 24 weeks of pregnancy - a side view of foetal growth within the body. Can be downloaded and printed for use in classrooms.
A set of GDHR illustrations showing the first and second trimester of pregnancy in colour or b&w. Can be downloaded and printed for use in classrooms.
Commissioner for Children and Young People's profile of children and young people in WA.
A WA Department of Health booklet addressing the changes that happen during puberty and how to look after yourself during this time. Recently updated in 2021 to combine the 'Girls and puberty' and 'Boys and puberty'. Aimed at ages 10-13 years.
A free three stage education program for high school students. Each stage offers a term of scaffolded lessons that builds upon the previous stage. Topics include: gender stereotypes and expectations, respectful relationship qualities, non-consensual image sharing, decision making frameworks, communication techniques, sexual consent and sexual assault, help seeking and critical analysis.
A WA Department of Health booklet for teenagers addressing friends and relationships, sex and pregnancy.
Information on laws and issues to consider in relation to 'sexting' and sharing nude pictures with other people.
This guide aims to support nurses working in schools to provide primary health care for young people in secondary schools. Comprehensive guidance is offered on roles, responsibilities and actions. For teachers, it is useful to understand that the nurses support curriculum but the responsibility is that of teachers.
Equal Opportunity Commission fact sheets for students, parents/care givers and school staff.
Sexuality and relationship education training to primary and secondary school teachers: an evaluation of provision in Western Australia (2018)
A journal article describing the formative, process and short term impact evaluation of sexuality and relationships education (SRE) training for teachers in Western Australia over a three year period.
Report on Tertiary Lecturers' Seminar conducted in November 2009 to promote the Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) resources to tertiary educators and students.
A WA Department of Health booklet developed to support parents to initiate regular and relaxed conversations with their children about relationships and sexuality. Age and stage appropriate information for parents with children birth to teens. First published 2011, updated in 2019.
Teaching sexuality and relationships education (SRE): Getting it right for pre-service teachers (2014)
This report details the results of research with pre-service teachers to determine their confidence in teaching SRE, and their thoughts on the content and assessments of the proposed SRE course/unit at Curtin University.
A protective behaviours book that focuses on teaching children that we don't play 'game' with our genitals. The purpose is to power and protect children from being groomed for sexual abuse.
Top 20 tips for talking to kids about relationships and sexuality and the top 10 reasons why we must talk soon and often. An A4 flyer that outlines the tips included in the Talk soon. Talk often book on page 10-11 and 76-77.
A guide to using pronouns and supporting gender diverse students. A guideline developed by Inclusive Education WA (defunded October 2020).
This resource contains information for health professionals working with young people, but it also useful to teachers and schools. It provides detailed legal and policy frameworks in relation to various issues including duty of care, consent, confidentiality, sexual health, mental health, drugs and online safety. It also includes case studies.
A survey of WA Year 10-12's outlining: knowledge about STIs/BBVs; sexual behaviours; contraception use; online experiences; and informal/formal sexual health education.
An ABC feature article that describes young people's experiences and their growing understanding of what makes someone intersex within what is a diverse community. It includes guidance on what not to say to an intersex person.