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  1. Teacher training in sexuality education in Australia: how well are teachers prepared for the job?

    To better understand the current situation of sexuality education at school and the barriers for implementing effective programs, more research on educators and their experiences within the context of professional development is needed. Thus, we reviewed the broader curriculum and policy content for sex education in Australian tertiary teaching institutions, as well as the availability and content of pre-service teacher training.

  2. Mobilisation, politics, investment and constant adaptation: lessons from the Australian health-promotion response to HIV

    ISSUE ADDRESSED: The Australian response to HIV oversaw one of the most rapid and sustained changes in community behaviour in Australia's health-promotion history. The combined action of communities of gay men, sex workers, people who inject drugs, people living with HIV and clinicians working in partnership with government, public health and research has been recognised for many years as highly successful in minimising the HIV epidemic. …

  3. A critical analysis of UNESCO's International Technical Guidance on school-based education for puberty and sexuality

    Preparing children and adolescents for sexual safety and reproductive responsibility lies at the heart and purpose of puberty/sexuality education. The document of International Technical Guidance released by UNESCO in December 2009 aims to provide an evidence-based and rights-based platform offering children and adolescents vital knowledge about relationships, sexuality, reproduction and HIV/AIDS, within a structured teaching and learning process in the compulsory school years. …

  4. Seventh national HIV strategy 2014-2017

    The Seventh National HIV Strategy 2014–2017 sets the direction for Australia to reverse the increasing trend of new HIV diagnoses and works towards the virtual elimination of HIV transmission by 2020. The goals of the Seventh National HIV Strategy 2014–2017 (the Strategy) are to: work towards achieving the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in Australia by 2020; reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by HIV; minimise the personal and social impact of HIV. The Strategy has six objectives which, in combination, support achievement of its goals. The objectives are to: 1. …

  5. Talking sexual health. National framework for education about STIs, HIV/AIDS and blood-borne viruses in secondary schools

    The purpose of the Framework is to inform and support education authorities and whole school communities to implement education that reflects the complexity of issues related to STIs, HIV/AIDS and blood-borne viruses (BBVs). The Framework has five key components for the development and delivery of a comprehensive education that focuses on STIs, HIV/AIDS and BBVs, which are based on the most current national and international research. …

  6. Time for a national sexual and reproductive health strategy for Australia: background paper

    This background paper argues for a comprehensive and evidence-based national sexual and reproductive health strategy to improve the health of all in our community, both women and men. In part one we begin with a descriptive snapshot of the sexual and reproductive health of Australians today and of the problems we face. We also give a brief overview of the Australian sexual and reproductive health policy context - past and current. …

  7. The sexual and reproductive health of young Victorians

    The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Victorians is a report resulting from a collaborative project between the Family Planning Victoria, the Royal Women's Hospital and the Centre for Adolescent Health in Victoria, Australia. The goal of the project was to further the community's understanding of young Victorians' sexual and reproductive health - and to propose ways in which it might be improved. …

  8. Sex, Techs and HIV: A report of the HIV response in a national sample of trade apprentices

    The original project was designed to examine the resonances between gender as it constructed in the occupational setting and the HIV response of young people. Data were generated through a large scale national survey of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) apprentices in the occupational streams of hairdressing, automotive, and commercial cookery. A total of 4283 apprentices from 52 colleges across all states and territories of Australia completed the survey. This report presents some main indices on HIV-related issues drawn from this database.

  9. National HIV/AIDS Strategy 1999-2000 to 2003-2004: Changes and challenges

    In this national HIV/AIDS Strategy Australia leads the way in responding to the challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In providing direction for Australia's continuing response to HIV/AIDS, this strategy builds on the experience and knowledge that has been developed in Australia during nearly two decades of combating the virus.

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