Young People Sex Love and Media Workshop

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Macquarie University

Faculty of Arts

Building Y3A

Hadenfeld Avenue, North Ryde, NSW 2109


Professor Catharine Lumby, Professor Alan McKee and Associate Professor Kath Albury are the Chief Investigators on a federally funded Australian Research Council research project titled Young People, Sex, Love and Media. Part of the research has involved focus groups with young people aged 13-17 in high schools talking to them about where and how they have learned about sex, love and relationships and how media, including social media, fits into their understanding of themselves and their relationships to others.

It’s become clear in the course of this research that there are many educators and others who work with young people who are keen to learn from the research they have conducted and share their own insights. The workshop on Young People, Sex, Love, Relationships and Media is an opportunity for this exchange.

You are of course invited to attend the entire day or to sit in on whichever session/sessions are of interest to you.

Session One

10am – 11am

Sex Education and Relationships

Professor Catharine Lumby – Macquarie University

Professor Alan Mckee - UTS

Associate Professor Kath Albury - UNSW

Session Two

11.30am – 12.30pm

Sexting and sexual self-representation

Associate Professor Kath Albury - UNSW

Dr Amy Dobson - UQ

Associate Professor Thomas Croft - UNSW

Session Three

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Social Media

Professor Catharine Lumby – Macquarie University

Sarah Tarca – Editor of Girlfriend and Girlfriend Guide to Life

Adair Donaldson – Partner, Shine Lawyers

Session Four

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Break Out Groups

Audience will break out into 3 groups

Group One - Professor Catharine Lumby

Policy Development for Educational Trainers.

What forms of policy at all levels – from individual schools to Federal government – will produce the best sexual health outcomes for young people? Professor Catharine Lumby, a nationally recognized expert on sexual health policy setting, will facilitate a discussion of research-informed policy settings to encourage youth sexual health. This session will be of particular benefit to educational leaders at all levels

Group Two - Professor Alan Mckee

Implications for Young People’s Physical and Mental Health

How can sex education best contribute to young people’s physical and mental health? Professor Alan McKee is a recognised expert in healthy sexual development and he will facilitate a discussion of the best ways for sex education to support young people. This session is appropriate to all stakeholders concerned about young people’s physical and mental health.

Group Three - Associate Professor Kath Albury

Media in the Sex & Relationship Classroom

How can contemporary insights from media and sexuality research be translated into sex education classroom practice? In this workshop targeted at practitioners, facilitated by media and sexuality researcher Associate Professor Kath Albury, participants will develop practical approaches to understanding and using media and technology in sex and relationships classrooms.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are trains and buses to Macqurie University and there is parking availble.

Directions to Macquarie University Building Y3A from the City

Take Harbour tunnel north

Continue through Lane Cove tunnel

Take first exit on the left - Epping Road exit

Continue on Epping Rd

Turn right at Balaclava Road (big blue sign saying Macquarie University)

First left into University Avenue and left again into Hadenfeld Avenue and in a short distance you will see on the right a round white building with Faculty of Arts Y3A written on it.

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