Topics on sex are no longer taboo

FAMILY Planning Queensland has invited the Gympie community to attend a series of events to encourage open and honest discussion about the sexual health and wellbeing of young people living in Gympie and the surrounding region, as part of The Gympie Project.

Project co-ordinator Jo Stewart said yesterday sexuality, relationships and sexual health were often topics that made people feel shame.

"We are working closely with a range of community members to boost confidence and develop culturally relevant messages to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and the people who care about them have tools and knowledge to have a yarn about sexuality and staying healthy and safe," Ms Stewart said.

Following on from early project activities, The Gympie Project will deliver a:

  • Partnering forum for Gympie Elders, government or NGO workers, students, community members and health workers who support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people on May 21.
  • Community Yarn to raise awareness and educate young people about sexuality, sexual health and relationships on June 6.
  • Workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and Elders at a camp.
  • Training for health professionals including information on contraception, STIs and adolescent sexual health on June 20-22.

To book a place at any of these events, contact The Gympie Project team at Family Planning Queensland on 5479 0755.

The Gympie Project is a pilot project supporting the sexual health, relationships and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the Gympie region.

Gympie Times


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