My name is Matthew Bacon and I am 23 years old. I currently am studying my Graduate Diploma in Sexology at Curtin University, my undergraduate being a Bachelor of Science – Health Sciences with the focus of my study being in Health Promotion. It was through this that I first discovered my passion for peer education. I began volunteering at the Western Australian AIDS Council in 2013 and while there I have taken part predominantly in the Keep It Safe Summer program which looks at doing sexual health and “celebrating safely” education on leavers. After two years of volunteering I was lucky enough to be able to attend as a team coordinator. Also while at the Western Australian AIDS Council I have taken part in the Needle and Syringe Exchange Program and many LGBTIQ events. My eventual goal is complete a psychology degree with honours and practice as a sexual therapist but for the time being am loving my peer education work.
As a Gay male I have seen first hand how effective and how necessary peer education is and my hope is that I can be a source of judgemental free sexual and sexuality education that I have been lucky enough to have received over the years. I look forward to working as a peer educator with the YEP Program empowering youth and given them the education they need to make their own choices around sexuality and sexual health and creating a generation of sex positive adults.