Multicultural Workshop on Domestic Violence – free for community workers

DV-alert, October 2015

Multicultural Workshop –  19-20 November,  2015 – Adelaide 

Multicultural DV-alert workshops are delivered in partnership with recognised multicultural service providers around Australia.

Multicultural DV-alert workshops are for health, allied health and community frontline workers supporting multicultural communities in Australia.

One of the priorities of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children is to ensure that services meet the needs of women and children experiencing violence. DV-alert aims to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia.

To find out if you are eligible to attend, click here for more information on the DV-alert Participant Criteria

While taking into account the unique issues and contexts faced by multicultural communities in Australia, you’ll learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond to someone experiencing domestic violence, and best practice methods should be used to refer people on to the most appropriate support service. View the course outline to find out what topics are covered.

How will I be assessed?

To get a competent mark, you will be required to complete three assessment tasks successfully:

  • Assessment 1 – Online Pre-reading and multiple-choice questions
  • Assessment 2 – Written/ Verbal Assessment
  • Assessment 3 – Skills Assessment

Participants marked competent will receive a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCDFV301A – Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence apart from all the other benefits.

How do I sign up?

You can register online via this website to enrol for a Multicultural Workshop in your state or territory. Download the Pre-enrolment Course Information before registering.

How much will it cost?

DV-alert is government funded, so the training fee is waived for all community frontline workers to attend the course. On top of that, participants who complete the training are provided with support for travel, accommodation and staff backfill. Find out if you are eligible for financial assistance.

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New website to help teachers talk sex and gender with students

Educators NZ, September 23, 2015

RainbowYOUTH has launched a new website aimed to increase understanding and support of sex, gender and sexuality diversity within year 7-13 classrooms in New Zealand.

The website, Inside Out, contains free teaching resources, class guidelines and video content designed to ignite conversations.

The resource has been produced in a partnership between RainbowYOUTH, Curative, and CORE Education, and was further supported by the University of Auckland.

  • Read more here
  • Access the teaching resources here

The case for starting sex education in kindergarten

PBS Newshour, May 27, 2015 at 1:44 PM EDT

Welcome to “Spring Fever” week in primary schools across the Netherlands, the week of focused sex ed classes … for 4-year olds.

Of course, it’s not just for 4-year-olds. Eight-year-olds learn about self-image and gender stereotypes. 11-year-olds discuss sexual orientation and contraceptive options. But in the Netherlands, the approach, known as “comprehensive sex education,” starts as early as age 4.

Read more here

Pregnancies more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths

Reuters, 14 May, 2015

Pregnancies are more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual youths than among their heterosexual counterparts, suggests a new study of New York City high school students.

Read more here

New Agreements Finalised for HIV Services [in SA]

Media Release
SA Health, 6 May 2015

Contracts for services supporting South Australians living with or at risk of HIV have been finalised with three new HIV programs to commence on 1 July 2015.

Professor Paddy Phillips Acting Chief Public Health Officer SA Health, said the new programs will ensure people living with HIV are at the forefront of the HIV response in South Australia.

“A community advisory group will be established to advise the consortium partners on program development and delivery and the transition process from the current to the new program.

“The HIV and STI prevention program will provide critical prevention education on HIV and access to on-site clinical sexual health services, including, in time, rapid HIV testing.

“The program will be delivered by a consortium partnership between Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and SHine SA.

“HIV services provided also include a targeted STI and BBV (blood borne virus) prevention program for sex workers as well as individualised support programs for people with HIV,” Professor Phillips said.

“Our program targeting sex workers will be delivered by Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, and SA Sex Industry Network (SA SIN), while Centacare Catholic Family Services will provide individualised care and support for people with HIV.

“A community advisory group will be established to advise the consortium partners on program development and delivery and the transition process from the current to the new program.

“In late 2014 we initiated a public tender process for three new service contracts for a three year period with a one year extension option.

“Following a competitive tender process, preferred suppliers were identified and we look forward to working with each successful provider in delivering high quality and integrated HIV prevention and support services to our community.

“We will work with both the new suppliers and current service providers while transition occurs to ensure essential services are maintained through this process.”

SHine SA Chief Executive, Jill Davidson said that SHine SA is looking forward to the
opportunity to deliver vital health and education services through the HIV and STI
prevention program.

“We are excited to be working in partnership with SA Health, the VAC and the
community advisory group to improve health outcomes and awareness of HIV for
South Australians,” Jill Davidson said.

Downland PDF of medial release here 060515 – Media Release – NEW AGREEMENTS FINALISED FOR HIV SERVICES



Scripture classes: Calls for crackdown on public schools re “dangerous” messages about sex

Sydney Morning Herald, May 6, 2015 – 9:19AM

Scripture books promoting “dangerous” messages about sex and male power are being used in NSW public schools, leading to calls for a crack down on special religious education.

Parent-run lobby group Fairness in Religions in Schools (FIRIS) has raised concerns.

Read more here