Let’s make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

The Conversation, May 28, 2019 5.45am AEST

Media reports of findings from the latest National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey caused a stir in recent days, with some highlighting the importance of education programs to teach young people about gender-based violence.

Schools play a significant role in educating young people about gender-based violence and helping change the underlying attitudes that lead to it.

Schools Coordinator vacancy at SHINE SA

SHINE SA, November 2018

  • Immediate start
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • ASO5 position – permanent hourly rate of $37.57 – $40.59 ( $73,496 to $79,413 per annum)
  • Excellent Salary Sacrificing Scheme – (PBI status)
  • Based at our Woodville office

SHINE SA is the leading sexual health agency in South Australia. We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation working in partnership with government, health, education and community to improve the sexual and reproductive health and relationship wellbeing of South Australians.

We have an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic person to join our Schools Education and Support Team based at our Woodville office but working with schools across South Australia.  In this role, you will be responsible for increasing the capacity of principals, teachers and school communities by delivering professional development to teachers in:

  • Teaching it Like it is: Relationships and Sexual Health Curriculum and Education Courses
  • The South Australian Department for Education’s Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

This role will require you to work as part of a team to:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate best practice approaches to relationships and sexual health issues in schools.
  • Work collaboratively with the Department for Education and other relevant agencies.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate professional education courses for teachers.
  • Develop and evaluate curricula and resources for students from primary, secondary and disability sectors.
  • Actively participate in SHINE SA’s Health Promotion strategies.

To be eligible for this position you must:

  • Have a tertiary qualification in Education and be registered or able to register with the Teachers’ Registration Board of South Australia.
  • Have a current, full driver’s license and be able to undertake intra-state travel

If you are interested in this role, you must submit a covering letter with your CV which must include the details of three (3) referees.

Click on the following link to download the job and person specification.

For further information about the position contact Heidi Drummond on 08 8300 5353 or email 

Applications should be submitted electronically through seek website or via form below.

Applications close at 5.00pm Wednesday 28th November 2018

This appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Child-Related Employment Screening.

SHINE SA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all applications including those from our communities of interest which include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI people, people with disabilities including mental health, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, sex workers, people living with HIV, people living in regional, rural and remote SA.

Apply for this position here

 

Rosie in the Classroom: Lesson plans for teachers

Rosie, a national harm prevention initiative by the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls.

Rosie in the Classroom is an educational program based on the original Rosie Videos, created to assist teachers in talking about difficult but important topics.

Topics like sexting or respect in relationships should be incorporated into the curriculum so that all teenagers are aware of their rights and can encourage respect within their school community. Each module includes a downloadable lesson plan and video which can be screened in class.

These lesson plans have been written by Briony O’Keeffe, lead teacher at Fitzroy High School and facilitator of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective.

 

Media release from SHINE SA: Teen Pregnancy

SHINE SA, Issued: 25 May 2018

Following the release of the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing’s Report, that includes the latest figures on teen birth-rates, SHINE SA believes that a decrease in the teen birth-rate as indicated in the report, is a positive outcome from the study.

“A decrease may reflect better sexual health information for young people including education in schools, and better access to sexual health services”, said Dr Amy Moten, Coordinator, Medical Education at SHINE SA.

“Increased access to Long Acting reversible Contraception for young people, as promoted by Family Planning Alliance Australia, is also a significant factor in reducing teen pregnancy rates”, Dr Moten said.

Low socio-economic status can be a marker of poor health outcomes overall. This increases with remoteness from metropolitan areas and Indigenous status. This has been shown in previous studies and also is supported by national data regarding cervical screening that shows that low socio-economic and Indigenous status reduces the rate of screening compared to people from a higher socioeconomic areas.

Social determinants of health are linked to social and economic factors that influence health. Young people from a lower socioeconomic area are likely to have poorer health literacy, lower levels of education and poorer access to health services including contraception. These have all been shown to be linked to an increased birth rate over all ages. Barriers to access health and contraceptive services such as cost and availability of these services increase with distance from metropolitan areas.

“Generally, teen mums often face increased stigma about being a parent and should be supported in their decision to continue parenting”, Dr Moten said.

“At SHINE SA, we provide pregnancy testing, counselling and advice. When a young person is pregnant they can discuss their options and be referred to appropriate services. For a young person continuing to parent we would refer them to the Metropolitan Youth Health Service for example, which has a Young Parenting program”, Dr Moten said.

SHINE SA believes that young mums should be supported to continue their education as completing secondary school after pregnancy has been shown to improve long term outcomes in both mother and child.

Dr Amy Moten, Coordinator Medical Education, SHINE SA
Issued: 25 May 2018

 

Students could learn about endometriosis as part of sex education

Guardian Australia, 

Teaching schoolchildren about pelvic pain will form part of a proposed national plan to tackle endometriosis, the debilitating condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women.

The health minister, Greg Hunt, will push the states and territories to commit to the plan, which was discussed at Friday’s Council of Australian Governments [Coag] meeting in Sydney. The draft plan is being developed in collaboration with a coalition of endometriosis advocacy and research organisations.

Sex education gap haunts Australia’s international students

SBS News, March 2nd, 2018

High numbers of international students with unwanted pregnancies is prompting questions about whether more could be done to better prepare those with little sexual health knowledge for life in Australia.

Marie Stopes Australia, a national provider of sexual and reproductive health services, estimated 4000 international students seek abortions across the country each year.