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Condoms

Condoms

December 20, 2019

In this episode, sexual health nurse Alison explains all about condoms.

We get asked to talk about condoms a lot in our classes. Upper primary school children often have questions about them. In secondary school students get a lot more detail about what condoms are, what they are for and how to use them. It’s also important that young people know what to do if sex without a condom happens.

Condoms are the only type of contraception that also protect against STI’s so this is important stuff for everyone to know before they have an actual sexual experience.

Resources:

We have lots of information about condoms the FPV website. Kidshealth have some info too. For more information about sexual behaviour of young Australians have a look at  the 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2019. by Australian Research  Centre into Sex Health and Society at La Trobe University. You can listen to our episode about this research here.

More information about FPV @ fpv.org.au. Contact us at doingit@fpv.org.au.

Trans & Gender Diverse Parents

Trans & Gender Diverse Parents

December 3, 2019

This episode is with writer and LGBTIQ advocate Jac Tomlins

Jac has created a resource called Trans and Gender Diverse Parents Guide. In it she records the experience of parenting as a transgender or gender diverse person or transitioning while parenting. These individual stories published together start to build a picture of a collective experience and provide insights and advice for people within the community (LGBTIQ and more broadly).   

Children often have questions about what it means to be transgender and what that might mean for someone's fertility. This guide provides great insight into this experience and ways of communicating this to young people. 

Resources:

Information about Jac Tomlins at her website. The resource TRANS AND GENDER DIVERSE PARENTS GUIDE  available through Jac’s website also at Rainbow Families. The guide ends with a list of resources state by state, nationally and internationally, they include: Transgender Victoria; The Gender Centre; World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

More information about FPV @ fpv.org.au. Contact us at doingit@fpv.org.au.

Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)

Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)

November 19, 2019

This episode is with Kate Bourne from the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority (VARTA). VARTA is responsible for registration of reproductive clinics, public education, donor conception registers and can link people with their sperm or egg donor.

Statistically, there is a child in every class who was conceived through some kind of Assisted Reproductive Technology. When FPV run classes in primary school about making babies it is really important that all types of conception are included, so we talk about IVF and other types of Assisted Reproductive Technology too. 

Kate is going to talk through the role of VARTA and give some guidance about what to say to children about alternative methods of conception, and when to have those conversations. 

Resources:

VARTA website for news about fertility, includes links to support groups. VARTA page titled When to tell: ages and stages giving detailed advice on how to tell children about IVF or ART at different ages.  The Donor Conception Network  for books to help explain different types of conception. Corey Silverberg’s book – What Makes A Baby  is a great book to start a conversation about babies no matter how they were conceived.

VARTA & FPV teaching module is a classroom resource to use for students grade 3- 10 when teaching about Assisted Reproductive Technology.

More information about FPV @ fpv.org.au

Fiona Katauskas on The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

Fiona Katauskas on The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

October 29, 2019

Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist, author and illustrator. She is the artist behind The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made. This is a very popular book which has now been animated into a 3 part series for families and schools to use. 

Fiona has created a funny, accurate and inclusive narrative as a way to guide a conversation about how babies are made. Family Planning Victoria have endorsed the resource and we have seen first hand how classrooms of students react to it's humour and honesty in such a positive way. In this chat we talk about the creative process of writing and animating this story and the reactions it has had. 

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is available in bookshops, and at Kmart. Online bookstore here. The animated series in 3 parts has it’s own webpage amazingbabies.tv.  This is where to find the animations,  extra family resources and teacher toolkit.

For more information about us go to fpv.org.au.  

 
 
Going to the doctor.

Going to the doctor.

October 14, 2019

Young people often ask questions around seeking sexual health information and having their privacy protected. Nurse Educator Sam Read talks about what it takes for a young person to get themselves to the doctor. What age can someone see a doctor on their own? Does a parent have to know if a young person has been prescribed contraception? What even is medicare and the My Health record? 

Family Planning Victoria is one of the sexual health clinics available in Melbourne. There are other services specifically for sexual health in Melbourne and in capital cities as well as General Practitioners. 

Recources:

Links for Medicare transfer forms. Information about my health record.

The Better Health Channel and Headspace have great information about young people and going to the doctor.

Vic Youth Law has legal information about sex and the law.

For more information about us go to fpv.org.au.  

Minus 18 - Champions for LGTBIQ Youth

Minus 18 - Champions for LGTBIQ Youth

September 30, 2019

This episode is an interview with Miller Soding from Minus 18. Minus 18 is an Australian youth driven network for LGTBIQ young people. They run events, workshops and provide advocacy resources. it is an agency that young people might know lots about through school. In this discussion Miller has answered lots of questions about the type of work Minus 18 do and why its so important. She has also talked about some logistics of events that parents and carers might want to know about if they have a young person attending an event. 

For more information about Minus 18 go to their website. They have loads of information for young people created by young people explaining the whole rainbow. They have information about past and future events. Also have a look at their socials: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and twitter.

For more information about Family Planning Victoria go to fpv.org.au

 

Consent

Consent

September 16, 2019

in this episode Anne speaks with FPV educator Kit about what consent means.

When do young people start to learn about consent? What should adults say about it? What does consent mean in a sexual relationship? What does the law say about consent? What does FPV say about consent in classes? Have you talked about enthusiastic consent with the young people in your life? 

As FPV are based in Victoria, the age of consent laws we refer to are Victorian laws. Please be aware that laws vary from state to state and internationally.

Some resources which we sometimes use in class to talk about consent:

Consent for KidsConsent is like a cup of tea

Vic legal aid consent and the law

Laci Green Consent 101.

For more information about Family Planning Victoria go to fpv.org.au

The Clitoris

The Clitoris

September 2, 2019

In this episode Vanessa Hamilton from Talking the Talk explains the clitoris. It is a body part which is often left out of anatomy discussion. We talk about what it is, what young people need to know about it, what to say and when.

FPV advocates for a pleasure positive approach to Relationships and Sexuality Education. We include information about the clitoris as part of anatomy classes in primary school so students have foundational information about bodies when learning about healthy sexual relationships in secondary school.  

More about Vanessa Hamilton at Talking The Talk.

For more information on the clitoris Science Direct has really complete info. Australian Urologist Helen O'Connnell helped put the clitoris back into anatomy texts. Scarleteen has some information and some medical type drawings which explain where the clitoris sits within the body. This French animation mentioned is-  Le clitoris - Animated Documentary (2016) by Lori Malépart-Traversy. Sophia Wallace is the artist who created the Clitoracy Project.

More information about Family Planning Victoria@ fpv.org.au.

Contact us directly at doingit@fpv.org.au.

Fida Sanjakdar -Culture, faith and sexuality education.

Fida Sanjakdar -Culture, faith and sexuality education.

August 12, 2019

Fida Sanjakdar is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Fida studies the intersection of culture, religion and sexuality education.

See Fida's Monash University Biography.

For more information on Victorian Education Department policies on Special Religious Instruction in government schools  (link here).  Relationships and Sexuality Education is written into both the Australian Curriculum and Child Safe Standards. Independent and Religious schools within Victoria align to these also, however some may have their own specific policies about religious instruction and sexuality education. If you are unsure of where your school stands on this, you may like to ask.

More information about Family Planning Victoria @ fpv.org.au. Contact us directly at doingit@fpv.org.au.

Holly Ann Martin - Safe 4 Kids

Holly Ann Martin - Safe 4 Kids

July 30, 2019

Holly Ann Martin is Managing Director of Safe 4 Kids. She runs a child abuse prevention program. In this episode Anne asks about the program and its impact in remote areas of northern Australia, where Holly Ann sometimes works with whole communities.

For more information about Holly Ann go to the Safe 4 Kids website. You can find an online shop here to purchase books and resources. Video resources available on the  Safe 4 Kids YouTube channel. Here you can see tutorials, testimonials and examples of the work being done by her in schools.  Holly Ann mentioned a helpful book by Tess Rowley to introduce protective education to small children– Everyone’s Got a Bottom.

More information about Family Planning Victoria @ fpv.org.au. Contact us directly at doingit@fpv.org.au.