We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools

Written by Lucy Nicholas on . Posted in News & Updates

 

Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are dangerously out of touch with the science of sex, the social research about gender and the realities of the ways that young people already understand their own sexual and gender identities.

In the past weeks and months, the Safe Schools Coalition, a national program that offers outreach and resources to schools to foster a safe environment for LGBTI young people, has come under increasing attack in a range of publications.

SHFPACT 2015 AGM & REPORT

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2015 was another successful year for Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT. On Thursday 19th November SHFPACT members and guests gathered for our 2015 Annual General Meeting at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG). The evening included some very interesting SHFPACT and partner staff presentations on their 2015 conference updates.

You can view our 2015 Annual Report Online > Click Here

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PRO-E2 Pill Study

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Do you prescribe Zoely®? We need your help recruiting Australian women to a large, non-interventional, international study.

Family Planning NSW is inviting doctors to recruit for the Prospective controlled cohort study on the safety of a monophasic oral contraceptive containing nomegestrol acetate (2.5 mg) and 17ß-estradiol (1.5 mg)’ (PRO-E2). Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said women should be entitled to access the services without fear.

Protest-free 'privacy zones'

Written by ABC News : By Ruby Cornish on . Posted in News & Updates

 

Canberra abortion clinics to get protest-free 'privacy zones' as laws pass ACT Legislative Assembly. 

Anti-abortion protesters will not be allowed to congregate outside ACT medical clinics under new laws passed by the Legislative Assembly. The Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015, introduced by the Greens in July, establishes privacy zones around approved medical facilities. People wishing to protest, hold vigils or interact with visitors to the facilities will not be allowed to enter the zones at certain times of day.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said women should be entitled to access the services without fear.

Teenagers and sex: where parents go wrong

Written by Sydney Morning Herald on . Posted in News & Updates

 

The internet and social media have widened the gulf between parents and teens regarding sex, with parents' focus on the dangers of porn and sexting ignoring their children's desire for basic relationship advice in the digital age. The Young People, Sex, Love and the Media project found only one in five teenagers would seek advice from their parents about love and sex. Most fear their parents are too judgmental and leap to the worst conclusions about what their kids are up to.

Teenagers also said they felt let down by school sex education that is too narrowly focused on biology and risk-prevention messages.

Macquarie University professor Catharine​ Lumby​ conducted focus groups with high school students to ascertain how the media they use influences their behaviour and attitudes towards sex and relationships. She found little evidence the internet had been a corrupting influence on teenage sex lives, but that there was a real need to help teenagers navigate relationships in the era of Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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