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Explainer: what is Safe Schools Coalition?

 Recently, Safe Schools Coalition has been accused of “promoting a radical view of gender and sexuality”, and foisting it on schools through “indoctrination”, “enforcement”, and “induction”.

So what is Safe Schools Coalition? And is it indoctrinating students?

What is it?

Safe Schools Coalition describes itself as:

… a national coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

National funding for the work comes from the Department of Education. The Victorian government has funded Safe Schools Coalition Victoria with a commitment to work with every state secondary school by 2019. These groups’ work is based on extensive empirical research about schools as sites of bullying and harassment for same-sex attracted, trans and gender diverse young people.

There are similar whole-school initiatives, including for primary schools, in the UK and elsewhere.

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We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools

 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.

 The outrage at its approach of going beyond tolerance, to celebration of sexual and gender diversity, has reached something of a crescendo in the last week.

Language in The Age, The Australian and the The Herald Sun has drawn on accusations of indoctrination and a gay agenda, suggested Safe Schools are “crackers” and base their programs on false science, and equated queerness with religious belief and lifestyle.

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PRO-E2 Pill Study

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.

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SHFPACT 2015 AGM & REPORT

SHFPACT Annual Report 2015

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

Protest-free 'privacy zones'

 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.

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SoSafe

The SoSAFE! Tools (together with SoSAFE! User Training) provide teachers, trainers and counsellors with skills and simple visual tools to enhance the social, social-sexual and social safety training of people with moderate to severe intellectual disability. SoSAFE! uses a standardised framework of symbols, visual teaching tools and concepts to teach strategies for moving into intimate relationships in a safe and measured manner, and provides visual communication tools for reporting physical or sexual abuse.

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