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2012 HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmissible Infections in Australia: Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour

Research and reports
Australia

This report presents data from social and behavioural research conducted by the National Centre in HIV Research. Includes data on the sexual health of young people.

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2018 6th National survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health

Research and reports
Australia
sexual diversity
gender diversity
safer sex
sex education
sexting
STIs and BBVs

The 6th National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health was carried out in 2018 and involved over 6000 Year 10, 11 and 12 students from the Government, Catholic and Independent school systems from every jurisdiction in Australia.

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6 - short films for young males

Videos
self-esteem
sexual diversity
friendships
bullying

6 short films centred around a group of 17 year old males and the issues they are dealing with. Topics: self-esteem, bullying, sexuality, suicide, crime, drink driving. .

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Adolescent romantic relationships - evidence summary report (2012)

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence

An evidence summary outlining why adolescent relationships are important and whether they should be encouraged or avoided.

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Age of consent laws

Agencies
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
consent

Age of consent laws for each state in Australia from the Australian Government, Child Family Community Australia.

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Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
sexual diversity
gender diversity
safer sex
sex education

A centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships based at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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Calls to teach consent in schools

News articles
Videos
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
gender
help seeking
law
protective behaviours
relationships
romantic
sexual
family and domestic violence
sexual assault
sexualisation

7min TV news video from 10 Play, The Project (PG). 21 Feb 2021. An online petition has revealed the extent of alleged sexual assault playing out in Australia's schools.

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FPNSW: Family Planning NSW

Agencies
Clinical services
Professional development
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
contraception
puberty
reproduction
sex education
STIs and BBVs

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout NSW. Includes a section for teachers.

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Get the Facts - 'Laugh and Learn' videos

Videos
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
body image
gender
law
media literacy
pornography
puberty
sexual
safer sex
sexualisation
STIs and BBVs

Check out the Get the Facts 'Laugh and Learn' series of videos on the Get the Facts website. Designed to make young people laugh while they learn about puberty, condoms, BBVs and keeping safe in sexual situations.

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Headspace

Agencies
Support services
Upper primary
Upper secondary
Australia
adolescence
help seeking
LGBTI
mental health
relationships
families
friendships
sexual

Headspace centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs, work and study support. There are over 100 centres in Australia. eheadspace is the national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. qheadspace offers online support for LGBTQIA+ young people.

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Kids Helpline

Agencies
Support services
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
help seeking
families
friendships

Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. The website also provides lots of valuable information for kids and parents.

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Let's talk about sex

Books
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
bodies
contraception
LGBTI
puberty
reproduction
families
safer sex
sex education
sexting

Non-fiction


Biological and psychological information about sex: from puberty and conception to birth control and STIs, including sections on the body, families and babies, and sexual health. New edition includes expanded information on internet, texting safety, contraception and LGBT.

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Let's talk about the birds and the bees

Books
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
bodies
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
families
sex education

Non-fiction


Cartoon illustrated book for parents to read to children about differences between male and female reproductive systems, private body parts, sexual intercourse, love, puberty, what touching is ok/not ok, families. Simple facts as a starting point for conversations. 

Book review by Cath Hak 6min (external link)


Age: Parents and teachers of 4 to 11 year olds.

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Let's talk about where babies come from

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
bodies
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
families
sex education
STIs and BBVs

Non-fiction


Comics and cartoons outlining:  similarities and differences between girls and boys, growing up, reproductive organs, how babies are made, what sex is, what is love, same sex attraction, conception, pregnancy, different types of birth, genetics (e.g. hair colour), different kinds of families, keeping safe (consensual touch), HIV (but not other STI/BBVs). A book that parents/teachers can read to younger children, or older children can read themselves. 

Book review by Cath Hak 4min 36sec.


Age: 7 to 11 years.

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Let's Yarn!

Websites
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
safer sex
sex education
STIs and BBVs

Let’s Yarn! has been developed to make it easier for educators, parents and health professionals to talk to young Aboriginal people about ways of developing strong, safe and healthy relationships. The website brings together useful resources developed by WA Health and other government and non-government agencies around Australia.

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Not as simple as 'no means no': what young people need to know about consent

News articles
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
protective behaviours
relationships
romantic
sexual
sex education
sexual assault

A news article from The Conversation written by Jacqui Hendriks from Curtin University.

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Quiz Quest

Games
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
bodies
contraception
safer sex
STIs and BBVs

A WA Department of Health interactive game to test teenagers' knowledge of sexual health.

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Reachout.com

Apps
Websites
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
body image
consent
emotional literacy
health education
help seeking
sexual diversity
gender diversity
mental health
online
relationships
families
friendships
safer sex
sex education
sexting

Information, support and resources to help young people improve their understanding of mental health issues, develop resilience, and increase their coping skills and help-seeking behaviour.

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RELATE: Respectful relationships education program

Programs
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Western Australia
adolescence
consent
diversity
emotional literacy
gender
help seeking
law
online
relationships
sexting
sexual assault

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.

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Relationships Australia

Agencies
Support services
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
families
friendships

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities with an aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. Each state has their own website with state specific services and information.

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