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All the latest news from the Youth Sector and related Workplaces

YEP Talk 2019: a tour of the Pilbara!

We’re SUPER EXCITED to announce that YEP will be embarking on it’s first ever regional tour – and it’s to the amazing PILBARA REGION!!! Yyyyyaaasss!!! 😀

In partnership with headspace Pilbara and WACOSS Pilbara, the YEP Project will be heading up north from March 11-March 19. For more deets, please see below. Make sure you catch us when we’re there! We can’t wait to meet all of you, Pilbara friends!!!

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Sexual Health Perceptions Survey – WAAC

WA AIDS Council is currently undertaking research to gain a deeper understanding of perceptions of sexual health in the Western Australian community and the availability of resources regarding sexual health.

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Starting To Watch Porn Is No Longer Confined To Teen Years, With Children Now Watching – Ten Daily

Why some experts wants children as young as six and seven to be taught about porn.

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17 reasons you might not be enjoying sex

  • When you’re not enjoying sex, you might be wondering why, but the truth is that our sex drives are impacted by so many things.
  • Both your physical and mental health can be the cause of a low libido.
  • Stress, certain medications, and a feeling of shame could all be reasons you may not be enjoying sex.
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Young people are having less sex. Who cares? – Vox

The “sex recession” assumes there’s a right way for young people to have sex. There isn’t.

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Canada Becomes First Country To Endorse U=U – Plus Magazine

Canada signed on to the global campaign that will directly improve the lives of people living with HIV and reduce stigma.

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Endometriosis: what we don’t know is costing us a fortune – SBS News

It’s been reported that endometriosis costs Australia $7.7 billion a year. Until we take women’s pain seriously, it’s hurting our economy and their quality of life.

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At-home finger-prick test the ‘missing piece of puzzle’ in fight against HIV and AIDS

An at-home HIV test has been approved for use in Australia.

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First Day Teaching Toolkit: New Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Resource

This resource and video explore some of the challenges that young gender diverse students often face in schools and provides a useful resource for supporting trans and gender diverse students.

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New HIV cases in WA hit 10-year low, credited to popularity of PrEP medication- ABC News

The YEP Project’s very own alumni Matt Bacon features talks about PrEP and its link to the lowest levels of new WA HIV cases in 10 years.

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Community Needs Assessment – Freedom Centre

Freedom Centre is currently undertaking a community needs assessment, where we are asking LGBTIQ+ young people under the age of 26+ to provide feedback on our service and how we can improve our model to be more accessible/relevant to young people.

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Australian Trans & Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey! – The Kirby Institute, UNSW

Learning about the sexual and romantic lives of trans and gender diverse people.

Sex and romance are major parts of our lives. They impact how we see ourselves, how we relate to others, and they contribute to our overall health and well-being.

Given this significance, it is shocking how little is known about the sexual and romantic lives of trans and gender diverse people. We need reliable data that can be used to improve sexual health care, generate relevant sex education, support relationships, and guide policy for Australia’s trans and gender diverse communities.

Which is why we need your help. The Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey is the first national survey of its kind and a major step towards improving our understanding of these important issues. It only takes 15 minutes to complete and you could win a $300 Visa Giftcard.

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2018 YEP Youth & Youth Sector Surveys – WIN a $100 Coles/Myer Voucher


2018 has been a BIG year for us at The YEP Project, we’ve done so many different things, and now we wanna hear from YOU!

At the end of each survey, it’s totally up to you if you would like to give your details to go into the draw to win a $100 Coles/Myer voucher.

Surveys close 5pm Friday 21 December, 2018. Winners of each survey competition will be contacted by end of Jan 2019 

Both take approx 15 mins each to complete. So be FRANK and FIERCE, we wouldn’t want it any other way, WOOP WOOP!!! 

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Kinky Sex Could Be the Secret to Your Success – Dr. Dick’s Sex Advice

Turns out whips and blindfolds are the unseen force behind a lucrative career—and a satisfying love life.

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Top 5 Tips to Using Apps Safely – WAAC

Over the weekend, we were informed that there was an act of violence committed against a same-sex attracted man after utilising a geosocial networking app. Now, I can only speak for myself, but using apps is something that I have done very frequently. I have found myself thinking back to how potentially dangerous some of the positions I have put myself in while horny and looking for some company.

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Stephanie Beatriz Is Bi and Proud as Hell – GQ Magazine

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress explains why marrying a man doesn’t make her any less queer.

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Gender Incongruence No Longer Classified as a Mental Health Disorder – World Health Organisation (WHO)

Gender incongruence, meanwhile, has also been moved out of mental disorders in the ICD, into sexual health conditions. The rationale being that while evidence is now clear that it is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this can cause enormous stigma for people who are transgender, there remain significant health care needs that can best be met if the condition is coded under the ICD.

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How to Talk About Your Sexual Desires With Your Partner – Teen Vogue

Let’s talk about how to talk about sex. When you think of ‘the talk’ what do you think of? Most people probably think of an awkward conversation about sex with a parent, teacher, or other adult, and it probably left much to be desired, quite literally. A new initiative from the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCHS) and Altarum, called the Five Action Steps, aims to flip the unhealthy and often silent culture around sexual pleasure on its head. The action steps focus on normalizing conversations around sex, and provide the real-life skills and information that people need to have healthy conversations about physical intimacy and sex.

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YEP Survey ‘CaLD Young People & the Media’ – Win a $30 Coles/Myer voucher!

The YEP Project needs your help! We are currently in the process of developing a workshop on Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) young people aged 12-25 and sexual health & blood borne virus (SHBBV) awareness and education in WA. Media representation is a key component of our new workshop.
Media representation covers all types of media including print (newspapers, magazines, books); on-screen (television, film) and social media.
By completing this survey, you will provide us with a better understanding of the representation of CaLD young people in the media and how media representation affects you and your peers.
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Grindr Is Letting Other Companies See User HIV Status And Location Data – BuzzFeed News

A data analysis conducted by an outside research firm, and independently verified by BuzzFeed News, shows that a popular gay dating app is sharing its users’ HIV status with two other companies. (Update: Late on Monday Grindr said it would stop sharing this information.)

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HPV in Young Males Study – HYM

If you’re male, aged between 18 and 35 years and living in Australia, this study wants to hear from you! HYM is conducting this study to find out how common human papillomavirus (HPV) is in young men, and factors that are associated with having HPV.

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What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn – The New York Times Magazine

American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

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An important component of enjoying a good sexual health is the prevention of new HIV transmissions, something which is the combined responsibility of both HIV-negative people and people living with HIV (PLHIV) – that is, everyone’s responsibility! PLHIV can feel secure and confident that they are effectively unable to transmit HIV to their sexual partner/s with an Undetectable Viral Load (UVL) from taking daily antiretroviral medication. The roll-out of PrEP – that ‘little blue pill’ – to gay, bisexual and other homosexually active men in Perth over the last few years also gives a new tool for HIV-negative men to prevent HIV. This changing landscape of the way that HIV prevention is enacted does, however, produce some disagreement and debate, particularly between condoms and PrEP/UVL.

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Practitioner survey: Young people and sex, dating, relationships and pornography – Our Watch

Are you involved in work that relates to young people (aged 12 – 20 years) and touches on sex, dating, relationships or pornography? If so, we want to hear from you!

Our Watch is developing tools and resources to support those who work with and for young people to promote positive, equal and respectful relationships. This survey is designed to inform the development of these tools and resources.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

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YACWA’s Hiring! Project Officer – Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN)

This position is to work with and support YDAN to deliver a number of key outcomes. The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Communities (Disability Services).

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Bringing pleasure into the discussion about sexting among teens – The Conversation

New research on sexting published today in JAMA Pediatrics finds that sexting has increased among teens in recent years, and increases as youths age.

An estimated one in seven teens send sexts and one in four receive them, according to the research.

The paper reviews 39 studies conducted between 1990 to 2016 involving more than 110,000 participants. Two studies took place in Australia, and others in countries including the United States, Korea and South Africa.

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Applications are now OPEN for our Digital Youth Committee – The Line

Applications are OPEN for our Digital Youth Committee!

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Sexual Journeys: 1,000 People Evaluate Their Sexual Evolution –

When it comes to sex, for many, it’s the journey and not the destination that proves enticing – but can it be both? Right now, you may feel you’ve barely begun this journey or are more experienced than you ever thought you would be. Either way, there are some universal catalysts, sources of education, and even inspiration behind our sexual evolutions.

We surveyed 500 Europeans and 500 Americans about the various sexual journeys humans experience over the course of a lifetime. Whether you rate your personal distance into this journey as a 1 (your entire sexual evolution and journey are ahead of you, and all of your sexual experiences and fantasies have yet to be experienced) or 100 (your sexual evolution is complete, and you have learned and experienced everything you are interested in), you may share something in common with these 1,000 international participants. Read on to find out.

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What Everyone Can Learn from Sex Workers About How to Screen Dates – Vice

Ten pieces of advice to read before meeting a random from the internet.

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Trans Homelessness Pathways Project is RECRUITING! – PICYS

The Project partnership brings together Perth Inner City Youth Service (PICYS), TransFolkWA, ConnectGroups with funding through a Community Homelessness Grant from the City of Vincent. They are currently looking for a Project Worker and Project Volunteers. Apply today!

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R U Legal? – Free legal education sessions to schools: Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA are currently taking bookings for the 2018 school year for our free legal education sessions.

Presentations are run by practising criminal lawyers who share real stories to help young people learn about consequential thinking.  Topics addressed in our presentations include cyber safety, the age of criminal responsibility, sexting, the age of sexual consent, and leavers.

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Call for Participants: Bright Lights, No City

The Centre for Stories is launching Bright Lights, No City, a project about the experiences of LGBTQI+ youth from rural, regional and remote areas of Western Australia.

We are seeking applicants 18-25 who identify as LGBTQI+ and grew up in or continue to live in country Western Australia.

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Stick figures to teach UWA students about sexual consent – Perth Now

WA’S most prestigious university plans to use a contentious online course to teach students how to recognise and obtain sexual consent.

The University of WA has confirmed it will introduce Consent Matters, an online course which uses animated stick figures to illustrate what is and what is not consent to sex.

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YACWA’s YPN (Youth Pride Network) just launched! Join now!

If you could change one thing for LGBTIQA+ young people in WA what would it be?

The Youth Pride Network (YPN) will be an advocacy group for young people aged 12-25 who identify as LGBTIQA+.

YPN is looking for a great group of LGBTIQA+ young people to establish the network and make WA a better place to be out and proud. 

The group will focus on systemic advocacy. This means tackling issues like homelessness, mental health, unfair laws, safety in schools and discrimination within the community as well as a huge range of others. It’s an opportunity to get involved in hands-on advocacy projects that will help make the lives of young people better. 

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headspace Armadale is looking for new Youth Reference Group Members!

Are you 12-25 living in the City of Armadale, Gosnells, Canning or Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale? Do you want to have a voice in your local community about mental health and youth issues? Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people?

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YACWA Survey – Youth Consultants Scoping Project

YACWA is currently undertaking a Youth Consultants Scoping Project. The aim of this project is to explore if there is need for a Youth Consultants Service and to determine the current and projected market for such a service. 

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AHCWA Youth Want to Hear from You!!!

Our friends over at AHCWA Youth want to hear from you! If you’re an Aboriginal young person aged 10-25, then have your say on the upcoming WA Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy and go in the draw to win some amazing prizes 

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Awkward Sex Moves To Show Off Your Abstinence-Only Education – Reductress

So your public school education taught you that sex should only occur between a man and a woman for reproductive purposes. Now that you’re an adult you know that having an active, consensual sex life is healthy, but that doesn’t mean you know what sex even is quite yet, although you’re definitely determined to figure it out. Here are some awkward sex moves that say, “I want to do this, but I have no formal education or reference points to help me do so.”

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The YEP Project is Back for 2018!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, YEP FRIENDS!!! The YEP Project is back in action for 2018, and we’d love to hear from you 

Contact us today by clicking here or via to book the YEP Crew this year!!!

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Health groups call for school students to be taught about endometriosis – ABC News

A coalition of women’s health groups want all teenagers to be taught about menstrual health in schools to raise awareness about the potentially debilitating condition endometriosis.

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Sistergirls and Brotherboys: The Reality of Being Black and Trans in Australia – The Body is not an Apology

Lisa has found that people in the general community do tend to know what ‘sistergirl’ means, and people in the LGBTI community tend be a little better informed as well. But while awareness may be increasing, acceptance from the wider community lags behind.

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The 2017 YEP Youth Survey!!!

Hey there YEP Friends! If you are a young person aged 12-25, want to win a $100 Coles/Myer voucher, AND give your feedback regarding important youth sexual health and blood borne virus issues in WA today…then please click below and complete the 2017 YEP Youth Survey!!!

We can’t wait to hear from you 

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A Disabled, Trans, Bisexual Man on what it’s like to Come Out Twice – The Independent

“The fear of rejection is twice as scary when the person looking out for you is not only is your parent, but they also have a higher responsibility of care because of your disability,” says Rian Hiney. As a bisexual, trans man, the 17-year-old has not only had to reveal his sexuality to his loved ones, but his gender identity, too.

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Freedom Centre is opening its doors to parents, professionals and anyone else who would like to come down and see what Freedom Centre is all about!

Monday 20th November
5pm – 8pm

93 Brisbane Street, Perth

We are opposite Birdwood Square, where Trans Day of Remembrance will start at 6pm, so you can float between the two easily.

No need to RSVP, just push the doorbell and we will let you in.

Any questions, contact Bryan Stewart on 9228 0354

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LEAVERS Free Appointments in November! – SHQ

If you’re heading down to Leavers this year and would like a free STI testing and contraception information appointment at SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters), then make sure you book by calling 9227 6177 today!

Mention this ad to get your appointment for FREE 🙂

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How to talk to your kids about today’s same-sex marriage postal survey result – The Conversation

Many parents might now be experiencing a dilemma as to whether they need to discuss this result with their children. Although the public vote has ended, the conversation will no doubt continue. Now more than ever, it is important to talk about the issues with your children and provide honest information.

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Grant Applications are now open for WA Sexual Health Week 2018 – WA AIDS Council (WAAC)

Sexual Health Week will run from February 12-18th 2018, the WA Sexual Health Week Committee aims to create an enabling environment for the WA community (and young people in particular,) to improve their sexual health, through community engagement and collaborative partnerships. The WA Sexual Health Week Committee is again providing a Community Small Grants Scheme to enable Health Promotion Officers, Public and Community Health Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers or other relevant personnel and youth-oriented organisations in regional/remote WA to apply for financial assistance.

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New ad campaign normalizes period blood—in all its red, painful, padded glory – The Daily Dot

“By bringing blood out of the dark, onto our screens and into the conversation we’re paving a positive path for women of the future. After all, shouldn’t period-talk be as normal as periods themselves?”

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‘Extraordinary’ New HPV Vaccine To Get High School Rollout Across Australia – Huffington Post

Thousands of Australian high school students will have access to a new version of the vaccine that protects against several deadly cancers, including almost all cervical cancers.

The new and improved Gardisil 9 vaccine, which is said to prevent almost 90 per cent of cervical cancers, will be rolled out across Australian high schools in 2018, the federal government announced on Sunday.

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Period quiz: Do you know menstruation fact from fiction? – ABC News

Even though nearly half of the population will get their period at some point, menstruation remains a mystery for many.

How much do you know about the menstrual cycle? And can you separate period fact from fiction?

Take our quiz and test your period IQ!

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How To Talk About Porn With Your Partner (And How It Will Improve Your Sex Life) – Huffington Post

An estimated one in three women watch porn in the UK each year, so whether you love it or hate it, chances are it’s not going away anytime soon.

This theme of this year’s Sexual Health Awareness Week is talking about porn, encouraging the nation’s parents and teachers to be more open about porn with teens. But isn’t it about time us adults were more open with one another about it too?

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How Smartphones And Technology Are ‘Ushering In A New Wave Of Sex Offenders’ – Huffington Post

Technology is breeding a new type of sex offender and lowering the bar for men looking to commit crimes against women, leading experts in online harassment have warned.

And despite claims that digital or online ‘cyber-flashing’ or sexual harassment is less harmful, there are fears that such behaviour could be as damaging as acts committed in person.

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Win a $200 Coles/Myer Voucher! Take part in YEP’s 2017 Biennial Youth Sector Survey!!!


Take part in the YEP Project’s Biennial Youth Sector Survey!

The aim of the survey is to assess the current context of sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) awareness and education in the WA youth sector.

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Should You Allow Your Teenager To Have Sex In Your Home? – Huffington Post

What would you do when your teenage daughter or son asks if they are allowed to have their boyfriend or girlfriend stay the night? Many parents have asked for my opinion over the years, as most find it really difficult to talk to their children about sex.

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Your Most Awkward Questions About They/Them Pronouns, Answered – Youth Radio

People say the darnedest things about the singular “they.”

So to save everyone (myself included) some time and confusion, I’ve rounded up some responses to the most common weird questions I get about my pronouns.

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Sex Talk – headspace Fremantle

SexTalk is a new service being offered by headspace Fremantle for any young person to come in and chat to a sexologist about any and all things sex, sexuality, and gender!

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Singer Stops Festival Show To Call Out Sexual Assault In The Crowd – Huffington Post

Sam Carter, lead singer for the metal band Architects, has rightly been hailed a hero for stopping in the middle of a show to defend a fan from a groper.

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Scholarships for LGBT+ students 16-24 years – The Pinnacle Foundation

We exist to give young LGBT+ students the chance to achieve their full potential, to light the spark within them. For those who want to complete high school, or are ready to start TAFE or university we can help. Irrespective of the career path one aspires to we may be able to offer the financial support and resources one needs to kick-start their career path.

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Everything You Need to Know About Herpes – Huffington Post

Around 18 million Aussies have it, so it’s time to get informed.

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The YEP Project awarded a 2017 NAPCAN ‘Play Your Part’ Award

This year, the YEP Project has been awarded a National Association for the Protection of Child Abuse & Neglect (NAPCAN) Play Your Part Award, recognising its work in the WA community in ensuring that children and young people are educated and empowered to make positive choices about their sexual health and overall wellbeing.

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Our YEP Crew Peer Educator Jordina volunteers for Borderless Friendship Foundation (BFF) in Thailand that works to empower and educate young hill trip people about SHBBV issues  They’re fundraising and they need your help!


These models are lifesized and anatomically correct and are being sold as a fundraiser for the wonderful work that Borderless Friendship Foundation do in rural Northern Thailand.

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‘Love bombing’ is the newest dangerous dating trend – New York Post

Have you started dating someone who has lavished you with attention and then things have quickly soured? Chances are you could have been a victim of “love bombing.”

First we had ghosting and then benching, but this brutal new dating trend is yet another obstacle that single people have to deal with and it could be the most manipulative tactic yet.


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WA Labor accepts proposal to scrap the Gender Reassignment Board – Out in Perth

The WA Labor party has voted in favour of a motion calling for the WA Gender Reassignment Board to be axed.

The motion was among a host of changes put forward by Labor members at the party’s bi-annual conference which was held over the weekend.

Improving equality across a range of different policy areas was a theme throughout the conference, but none will have a greater affect on transgender people living in WA than the voice of support to abolish the intrusive process the state requires for people to officially change their gender.

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Protecting yourself and your family from marriage equality hate – OUT in Perth

What should you do if the commentary of the marriage equality debate and the postal survey become overwhelming. Psychologist Colin Longworth suggests some practical things you can do do.

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We talked to LGBTQ Muslims who refuse to give up on their faith – Step Feed News

To many, “Muslim queer” is considered an oxymoron, as the two words seem mutually exclusive.

Many Muslims who identify as LGBTQ+ are often pushed to choose between one of the two attributes, rather than embrace them both.

This comes as a result of lack of tolerance for the LGBTQ+ community in general, emboldened by strict interpretations of scripture, anti-LGBTQ legislation, and long-standing cultural and societal norms.


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Want Your Say On Marriage Equality? You Need To Enrol To Vote Quick Smart – FYA

You may or may not have heard that a significant opportunity is coming up for us young people to get our voices heard. It’s the much talked about postal survey on marriage equality.

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Shame, secrecy and silence hobble migrant women’s sexual health, new research suggests – The Sydney Morning Herald

Shame, secrecy, silence and fear were keeping many new migrant women in the dark about their own sexual and reproductive health, found a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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A halal guide to mind-blowing sex is teaching Muslim women how to set the bed on fire – SBS News

“You can be pure as snow and still be dirty in bed,” says the manual.

Even at a slender 65 pages, The Muslimah Sex Manual: A Halal Guide to Mind Blowing Sex packs comprehensiveness. A handbook for Muslim women seeking satisfying love lives, the book starts with the basics—lessons on kissing, sending dirty texts, and the importance of foreplay.

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Puberty is beginning at 8, but is our sex-ed keeping up? – ABC News

Australian girls are hitting puberty as young as eight, sparking concern about the social and physical ramifications and “baffling” lack of sex education in schools.


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Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Young People Wanted for YEP Training Video Film Shoot

The YEP Project is seeking young people to be part of a film shoot for an upcoming CaLD sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) training video.

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HIV Treatment Prevents Sexual Transmission Of Virus, Study Reveals – Huffington Post

A historic new Australian research study into HIV has discovered the sexual transmission of the virus is prevented through treatment.

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HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens – BBC News

A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say.

Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa.

Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%.

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Youth Disability Advocacy Network of WA (YDAN WA) Survey – Q&A Video

As a person with disability, do you have questions that people ask you all the time? Or do you have questions that you want to ask the YDAN team? Or a question about disability that has you stumped? If so, now is your opportunity!

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Teen Vogue Editor Perfectly Responds to Homophobic Anal Sex Ed Backlash – Pride

Last week, Teen Vogue published an illuminating sex education article detailing the ins and outs of anal sex.

“When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts,” Teen Vogue begins. “Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.” The article goes on with very scientific instructions for pain-free anal sex, and encourages consensual sex and condom usage.

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Scotland becomes the first nation to give free access to sanitary products – The Pool

Scotland has become the first country in the world to give low-income women free access to sanitary products, in a pilot programme launched today.

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YACWA is Hiring!!! Looking for an Awesome Policy & Advocacy Officer

The purpose of the Policy & Advocacy Officer is to influence as much as possible as an advocate for young people, by working collaboratively with YACWA organisational members, networks and young people to design campaigns, produce research, and develop member-driven and evidence based policy positions that help reduce inequality and disadvantage for young people in WA. Core to this role will be a commitment to challenging the status quo with a solution-focused approach to all tasks and activities undertaken.

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Oliver one of growing number of transgender children at single-sex schools

OLIVER Robertson is the only student at his school who wears shorts.

He is also the only boy.

The Mentone Girls’ Secondary School student is one of a growing number of transgender children at single-sex schools. Others schools that have supported transgender students include the private Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar and the Catholic Avila College.

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Stigma and lack of awareness stop young people testing for sexually transmitted infections

Young people are disproportionately affected by STIs. In New Zealand, 67% of chlamydia cases and 57% of gonorrhoea cases are among people between the ages of 15 and 24. This is not solely due to sexual behaviour. Young women, for example, are more vulnerable to STIs as the vagina’s natural defences to infection have not fully matured.

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YEP Crew Peer Educators at WA Young Women’s Roundtable by the Hon. Simone McGurk MLA

YACWA was proud to support 20 young women to participate in the inaugural WA Young Women’s Roundtable at Parliament House today for the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Women’s Interests.

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YEP Survey Winner Announced & Thanks All for Participating!!!

Thankyou to everyone who took part in our YEP Youth CaLD Competency Training – SHBBV Survey!!! We received fantastic feedback which we will be incorporating into the development of the actual training itself 🙂

Congratulations to Kang, who completed the survey and went into the raffle draw and won a $100 Coles/Myer voucher!

Keep out a lookout for more YEP comps and surveys coming soon!!!

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AHCWA to run ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings’

Our friends at the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) will now be running Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings here in WA 😀

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PrEP now cheaper than a phone plan!

Protect yourself from HIV for less than $40 a month! Contact the M Clinic for more information 🙂

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Want a $50 voucher? Participate in the Meh-JOSH Study!

The Meh-JOSH study looks at the mental, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of young people aged 14-17 who have had or are currently in contact with the juvenile justice system. It is a confidential phone survey with both pre and post debrief being in person. The participants receive a $50 voucher for their time and referrals and pamphlets of health and other support services are provided as needed.

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SURVEY COMPETITION!!! We want to hear from you!!!

We’re developing some cultural competency training on youth SHBBV issues for the CaLD community – and WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!

If you’re a young person under the age of 25 and identify as coming from a refugee/migrant background, then please click on the link below and complete our survey – we would really appreciate it…and to show how much, you have the chance to be entered into a draw to win a $100 Coles/Myer voucher

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Is Drunk Sex Considered Rape?

My friend was at a party and got really drunk and had sex with this guy. She said she doesn’t really remember what happened and she’s been acting kind of weird and withdrawn since then. Was she raped?

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YEP is HIRING!!! We’re looking for new YEP Crew Members!!!

The Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Project is looking to recruit new YEP Crew members! Apply today by sending your CV and short cover letter to Anania Tagaro, Senior Project Officer, at 🙂

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Australian man admits to stealthing, says he does not believe it’s sexual assault

An Australian man has opened up on the alarming new sexual practice of stealthing, saying he does it because it feels good but does not believe he’s committing sexual assault.

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Bar creates the ‘angel shot,’ helps women escape danger if they feel threatened or harassed

Imagine you meet someone online and you instantly click. They say all of the right things and you really start to feel a connection. They suggest meeting up in real life and you’re excited.

Now, imagine you get there and they aren’t the person you expected them to be. Instead, they’re not very nice and overall, you feel kind of unsafe. How do you get out of this situation?

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Have Your Say on Get the Facts Poll!

Check out the WA Department of Health’s Get the Facts website for all things related to SHBBVs. But you should also check out their regular polls asking a variety of relevant questions – probably the same questions you may have brewing in your head, questions that you’ve asked before, or questions you STILL don’t have the answers to!

The poll questions change regularly, so head on to their website and get involved!

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WA Department of Health Launches new ‘Stay Safe you mob’ Campaign

The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program has recently launched a new campaign titled Stay Safe you mob

The campaign aims to improve STI testing rates and condom use among young Aboriginal people in WA.

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YACWA CEO launches new YEP Youth Poster!

Today, YACWA CEO Ross Wortham officially launched the YEP Youth Poster! The YEP Youth Poster is a youth-friendly resource that is based on the YEP Youth Sector Guidelines on how to make your organisation/program/service more youth SHBBV-friendly.

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The YEP Project presenting at the 2017 AAAH Youth Health Conference!!!

The YEP Project is excited to announce that they will be presenting at the 2017 Youth Health Conference in Sydney hosted by the Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH). YEP Senior Project Officer Anania and YEP Crew Peer Educator Susan will be presenting ‘The Positive Power of Peers – The YEP Project’ on the firs day of the conference.

This is the first time that this iteration of the YEP Project will be presenting on a national scale, so we’re very humbled and extremely excited to have been chosen!!!

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Moving Past Stigma: I gave up sex for a year so I could donate blood

ONE month ago, I gave blood.

What normally is an altruistic low profile event was a spectacle. To contribute to my nation’s lifesaving blood supply I had to give up all forms of sex for a year.

The reason: I’m gay.

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YEP Crew Darci Miller Interviews Greens Candidate for North Metro, Alison Xamon

Greens Candidate for the North Metro, Alison Xamon, took part today in the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia’s (YACWA) Facebook Live Election Interviews. 2017 National Youth Week Ambassador & YEP Crew Peer Educator, Darci Miller, once again did a fantastic job asking the hard questions and finding out what Ms Xamon will do for the youth sector and young people of WA if elected in the upcoming WA Elections.

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YEP Crew Darci Miller interviews Shadow Minister for Youth Dave Kelly

YEP Crew Peer Educator Darci Miller interviewed Shadow Minister for Youth Dave Kelly this afternoon as part of the Youth Affairs Council of WA’s (YACWA) Facebook Live Election Interview Series.

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Check out the NEW-LOOK ‘Get the Facts’ website

WA Health is proud to share the recently updated Get the Facts (GTF) website.

GTF provides accurate, youth-oriented information about sexual health, relationships and blood-borne viruses.

Get the Facts has recently been reviewed and updated and now features new content, interactive features, and a fresh contemporary design.

Check out the website here:

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The YEP Project for Sexual Health Week 2017 – WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

We have a surprise for you! We can’t wait for Sexual Health Week 2017, which is next week 6-12 February! Watch this space…literally 😀

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Western Australian PrEP trial approved

Western Australians will gain access to PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) through a trial being coordinated by the WA AIDS Council and M Clinic.

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2016 YEP Youth & Youth Sector Survey Winners Announced!!!

Congratulations to Lauren from Busselton & Kerri from Cockburn Youth Services who both won a $100 Coles/Myer Gift Card!!!

Thanks to everyone who took part in completing our 2016 surveys – we really appreciate your help and support. We look forward to seeing and working with you all this year!!!

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YEP Crew Peer Educator Finalist in City of Gosnells Safe City Awards

Our very own YEP Crew Peer Educator Habiba Asim was a finalist at the 2017 City of Gosnell’s Safe City Awards in the category of the Constable Peter Ball Memorial  Youth Award on January 26.

We’re so proud of you Habiba!!! Well done!!!

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Man Convicted of Rape After Removing Condom During Sex Without Consent

In a landmark decision, a Swiss court has convicted a man who took off his condom without his partner’s permission. Legal experts weigh in.

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…And we’re back!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody!!! The YEP Project is back in full swing for 2017, and we’re super psyched to get it all started!

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Mental health advocate to lead youth celebrations

Our very own YEP Crew Peer Educator, Darci Miller, is the WA National Youth Week Ambassador for 2017!!!

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Award finalists showcase WA’s top youth

Our YEP Crew member, Fatema Shalemie, is a finalist at this years WA Youth Awards in the category of Positive Achievement!!!

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HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

One of the most demonised patients in history – Gaetan Dugas – has been convincingly cleared of claims he spread HIV to the US, say scientists.

Mr Dugas, a homosexual flight attendant, gained legendary status in the history of HIV/Aids when he became known as Patient Zero.

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Birth control: Male contraceptive injection ‘shows promise’

A hormone injection has been shown to be a safe and effective method of contraception – for men.

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Self-injection rooms plan for Glasgow drug addicts given green light

Controversial plans to allow drug users to inject safely under supervision in Glasgow have been approved.

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I’m Intersex! Here’s what that means

I’m Alex, and I’m an intersex young person.

I started puberty a bit late, so I went to a doctor and he ran some tests. He told me that I had high levels of testosterone, and introduced me to the term intersex.

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I wish society would stop demanding a definition of my sexuality

“Wait, are you bi?” Ellery* asked, “I thought you were straight.”

It’s not unusual for people to assume I’m straight. Straight is the norm; the default in our society. Friends have assumed it about me. Partners (even the queer ones) have assumed it about me. I’ve even assumed it about myself at times. Still, it’s not nice to hear it from someone you’ve been on a date with. Worse still, I had assumed the same about her.

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Have you ever wondered how much energy you put in to avoid being assaulted? It may shock you

My recent research looked at how women navigate interruptions, intrusions, and harassment from unknown men in public. What was most surprising was how all 50 of the women I interviewed significantly underestimated the amount of work they were putting in to avoid intrusions by men in the street, and the impact this had on them.

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9 sex myths you’ve totally believed your entire life

With all the talk there is about sex, there sure are a lot of inaccurate rumors floating around. Even if we think we know all there is to know about sexy sex time, we’ve all fell for at least a few of the most common myths. Can you really guess a guy’s penis size by his shoe size? What really is the deal with the hymen? Here are some popular myths that are totally, 100% not true.

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New Film Takes An Honest Look At Life With A Transgender Parent “From This Day Forward” reveals the struggles — and triumphs — of a unique family.

The acclaimed film, which enjoyed a short theatrical run in June, is Sharon Shattuck’s deeply personal account of growing up with a transgender parent. It explores how Shattuck’s mother, Marcia, opted to stay married to her spouse, Trisha, after she came out as transgender, and raise their children in rural Michigan.

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Australia leading world in hepatitis C treatment; but virus more prevalent in Aboriginal people

More people are on track to be cured of hepatitis C in Australia this year than over the past two decades combined, new research has shown.

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Why is the teen birth rate falling?

The teen birth rate in the U.S. is at a record low, dropping below 25 births per 1,000 teen females for the first time since the government began collecting consistent data on births to teens ages 15-19, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Sex before Kissing: How 15 year old girls are dealing with porn-addicted boys

In the survey report, entitled Don’t send me that pic, participants reported that online sexual abuse and harassment were becoming a normal part of their everyday interactions. And while the behavior seemed so common, more than 80% said it was unacceptable for boyfriends to request naked images.

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Peer pressure, false claims lead many women to remove pubic hair, study finds

A nationally representative survey of 3,316 women found that 84% of respondents groom their pubic hair. While that’s not a shocker, the survey discovered that half of women perform this ritual because they believe it makes their genitals look more attractive or because their partner prefers it.

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Accepting his Emmy for “Transparent,” Jeffrey Tambor urges Hollywood to “give transgender talent a chance” 

“I would be happy if I were the last cisgender male to play a transgender female,” said the actor.

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Infant simulator dolls fail to stop teenage pregnancies, study finds

A popular education program that encourages teenagers to care for a robot baby could increase the risk of teen pregnancy rather than reduce it, a West Australian study has found.

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Regular, pleasurable sex healthy for ageing women but risky for older men, study finds

Frequent, satisfying sexual activity poses cardiovascular risks for older men — but regular orgasmic sex could actually protect ageing women from certain health problems, a US study has found.

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The King of Norway delivered a beautiful, pro-LGBT+ speech about love and diversity

“Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other,” said King Harald V of Norway.

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“Deeply disturbing” responses to uni sexual harassment survey, Human Rights Commission says

150 “deeply disturbing” submissions about sexual assault or harassment at Australian universities have already been received by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), one week after launching its landmark survey into sexism on campus.

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YEP Flyer – Get in touch with us today!!!

Please feel free to download and distribute our YEP flyer wherever you are!!!

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The ‘Tinder Experiment’ that started in Melbourne and exposed paedophiles online

A fake Tinder profile created by the students to catch men grooming underage girls.

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Anti-HIV drug Truvada will not be listed on PBS as preventative medication

Public health advocacy groups say they are dismayed a drug that can reduce the spread of HIV will not gain a federal subsidy as a preventative measure.

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Relenting is not the same as consenting to sex

This distinction between ‘relenting’ and ‘consenting’ is a crucial point that’s so often missed or simply ignored by those seeking to find excuses for perpetrators accused of sexual assault.

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Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau will apologise to LGBTIQ citizens 

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has laid out plans to issue an apology to those who were persecuted by historically anti-LGBTIQ laws across the nation’s history.

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The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans & Intersex Athletes

The participation of trans and intersex athletes in elite sporting competitions has been controversial for decades, and the debate is centered around testosterone.

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International Youth Day 2016: Youth population – challenges, opportunities and sustainability

12 August is International Youth Day. The world’s youth population has reached 1.2 billion and is projected to increase by seven percent to 1.3 billion by 2030. Never before have there been so many people on the planet between the ages of 15 and 24.

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Digital intelligence, responsibility and resilience in young people By: SRE Teacher Training Project – Curtin University

This FREE presentation is suitable for educators; youth and social workers; counsellors and psychologists; and people working in youth-focused organisations.

In this rapidly evolving digital landscape, having a comprehensive understanding of a young person’s use of technology, and its impact on both online and offline behaviour, is essential in being able to provide effective and responsive care.

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Gay former Mandurah High School student speaks out on Safe Schools

A former Mandurah High student has urged the school to sign up to the controversial Safe Schools program after speaking out about the bullying he said he suffered there because of his sexuality.

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Get the Facts Website Evaluation

The WA Department of Health (DoH) would like to hear from you! If you’ve used the ‘Get the Facts’ website – Here it is – then please take the time to complete the following survey and provide  your feedback on how accessing and engaging with the site went for you.

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Wear it Purple Day!!! – Friday August 26, 2016

Wear it Purple Day is coming up on Friday August 26th 2016 and your organisation can get involved and show LGBTIQ+ young people everywhere that they are valued and that they have the right to be proud of who they are!

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Curtin University – SRE Teacher Training Project: Sexuality & Relationships Education for Students with Special Educational Needs

An important event for anyone who delivers sexuality and relationships education (SRE) to students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

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Good sex ed doesn’t lead to teen pregnancy, it prevents it

Comprehensive, inclusive sexuality and relationships education (‘sex ed’) teaches children and adolescents in adolescents in age-appropriate ways that sexuality is a normal, healthy part of life. Written by Suzanne Dyson, Associate professor, Principal Research Fellow, La Trobe University.

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RAD Australia has launched its new website!

RAD Australia is dedicated to connecting trans, gender diverse, intersex, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTIQ)* young people to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care and support in order to improve individual and community health and wellbeing.

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Our Health, Our Way: Resources for Indigenous Young People

NSW Kids + Families have released a fantastic set of resources, Our Health, Our Way, targeting Indigenous young people aimed at helping them navigate health services and breaking down barriers to young people accessing health care and support.

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You could have an STI and never know it’s there…

We know that many people with an STI do not show symptoms. So what if we thought about an STI as being the “third wheel” in a relationship…

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Safe Schools Coalition: Supporting Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Schools

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition dedicated to supporting same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

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HepatitisWA – Supporting Blood Aware Workplaces

We asked HepatitisWA to tell us all about the Workforce Development Program and how HepatitisWA can provide support to your agency or organisation.

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Royal Australia College of Physicians: Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Young People, Position Statement

The Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) has recently launch a position statement on Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Young People.

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Safe Schools Coalition WA: Introductory Session

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YEP at Fairground 2016

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