The Engaging Young People in Sexuality Education project is concerned with giving young people a say about what they learn in school-based sexuality education.

A primary aim of this project is to contribute to the future development of relevant and authentic sexuality education resources for the National Curriculum in Health and Physical Education.

The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and supported by the Departments of Education (DECD and DEECD) in South Australia and Victoria.

Who is conducting the research? 

The research is being conducted by an interstate and cross institutional team involving experienced  researchers and professionals from the field of education in sexuality, health and relationships: Emeritus Professor Bruce Johnson (University of SA), Associate Professor Lyn Harrison, Dr Debbie Ollis, Dr Leanne Coll (Deakin University), Dr Helen Calabretto, Ms Jane Flentje (SHine SA), Professor Colleen McLaughlin (University of Sussex), Dr Peter Arnold and Dr Clare Bartholomaeus (University of SA).


Project update

Our Stage 1 report is out now!

‘It is not all about sex’: Young people’s views about sexuality and relationships education


In an era where information about sex and sexuality is pervasive on the internet, young people say sexuality education classes at school need to be about much more than just sex.

The Stage 1 report  summarises the views of more than 2000 students, aged between 13 and 16 years from 31 high schools in South Australia and Victoria.

The research found that while students counted on sex education classes in schools as an important source of information, they wanted more from the classes than just a biology lesson.

The report also examines several significant differences between the two states and in terms of gender.

Coming Events

November 16, 2016: Cutting Edge Issues in Sexuality and Relationships Education

You are warmly invited to an interactive forum called 'Cutting Edge Issues in Sexuality and Relationships Education' which will be held as an adjunct to the Australasian Sexual Health Conference being held in Adelaide, 16 November 2016. Click here for flyer and full details.

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