Who we are

(L) Jenny Ackland & (R) Justine Kiely-Scott

Justine and Jenny founded Sex Education Australia (SEA) in 2011 and were joined shortly after by Cathy and then Sarah. Our team now includes Rebecca, Vivienne and Samantha, and we are currently training more new educators to meet the need from schools.

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. We love working in the school setting and helping young people, but what we are realising is that it’s our connections with parents and families that are incredibly important. We love sharing what we know and what we’ve learned. Helping parents feel more comfortable to have these sorts of conversations with their children, and helping them build confidence and skills so that they feel they can better support their children, is really exciting.

We have lots of plans to reach and help more families in Australia.

Jenny Ackland, Dip.Tchg (Primary), B.Ed, M.Ed, TEFL certificate
Published author and university lecturer

Jenny is a teacher with thirty years of experience. She believes that all young people have a right to access accurate, relevant, age-appropriate information that will better equip them to reduce risk, stay healthy and safe, and be happy and well as they grow and develop.

She is currently working on a series of parent guides that will span primary and secondary age ranges and provide helpful information to parents and carers to assist them in supporting their children. She understands that what has always been a tricky area for conversation is now made even more complex because of technology, especially social media. Jenny knows how important parents/carers and families are, and loves presenting to parents and answering questions, helping them help their children.

Jenny lives in Melbourne’s north with her family, and with her husband is parent to three adult children (they’re still very much our kids though!).
She has two cats, burgeoning numbers of indoor plants and loves travel, swimming, long walks, travel, writing and reading.

Justine Kiely-Scott, GradDip (Adolescent Health & Welfare), M.Ed (Sport Sociology), Grad.Dip. (TESOL), BApp.Sc (PE)

Justine has always loved working with young people. Whether coaching young athletes or teaching in schools, she’s committed to helping each individual feeling good about themselves, build confidence and work to their potential. With many years or teaching experience, and through her own parenting, she has a deep understanding of the trials, tribulations, joys and awkward moments that come with being young.

Justine has a great rapport with students and a good sense of humour — two vital qualities as an educator working in this space. She enjoys the genuine connections she makes with parents and young people that her job allows her to make, and the difference in people’s lives that personal, effective education can bring.

With three children in secondary school, Justine understands the complexities of growing up and the multifaceted issues that arise as young people learn about themselves and others. And as both a parent and educator, she sees first-hand the importance of parents developing the confidence to talk to their children about sexuality, relationships, and the challenges that social media and technology bring.

Justine lives with her partner, three teenage children and her very independent dog, Ollie. She enjoys swimming, watching her children play sport, yoga and walking.