Research all over the world clearly shows that young people need better sexual health and relationships education. In Australia, tertiary institutions are starting to realise that this type of support needs to be offered to their students, as university in particular can be a time that many adolescents find difficult to navigate in terms of new adulthood, new relationships, sexual behaviour and decision-making.
At SEA, we work with both domestic and international students to offer comprehensive, sensitive and fact-based health and human development programs. Our courses for international students are mindful of the different cultures and backgrounds they may be coming from, and clearly explain Australia’s laws and social norms. We can also run sessions for residential colleges as well as those who live off campus and attend university during the day.
TOPICS THAT WE CAN COVER INCLUDE:
- respectful relationships
- consent and coercion
- sexual assault and sexual harassment
- sexual decision-making and negotiation
- sexual diversity including gender and sexual identity
- sex and the law
- safer sex
- STIs and contraception
- doctor-patient confidentiality
- sex and technology (pornography and sexting)
- sexual ethics – rights and responsibilities
OUR PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
- acknowledge cultural diversity
- are clearly and simply communicated
- are non-judgemental
- explain the basics of health insurance, accessing medical services, privacy and confidentiality legislation including doctor-patient confidentiality
- are respectful of religious differences, however we clearly articulate what the laws are in Australia, and what the social norms are
- cover an overview of sexual health and sexual health services in Australia
SEA has provided training and support to our residential college at a critical time when our new students arrive and an understanding of sexual health, consent and respectful behaviours is imperative to the transition period into university life. The messaging is clear and concise — and in our case — tailored specifically for an audience which includes many overseas participants, for whom the material can be both confusing and confronting. They are made comfortable from the start. It is delivered by SEA in an exemplary fashion, discussed with us beforehand and presented meticulously. Students leave with greater understanding and a set of guidelines that enable them to interact mindfully with their new colleagues. I firmly believe having third-party experts deliver this training, in our context, ensures that we are able to provide the most recent and relevant information for our students.
University of Melbourne residential college.