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A Snapshot: Indigenous Adolescent Sexuality Education in the NT - The Challenges and Opportunities.



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24th March 2011

Sexuality education for many Indigenous adolescents in the NT is inconsistent, uncoordinated and nonexistent. The highly sensitive and complex nature of the topic as well as the absence of a systematic approach contributes to the barriers in delivering sexuality education. Additionally, the current sexual health status of young Indigenous people in the NT highlights the need and urgency to address this issue.

The DoH Indigenous Adolescent Sexuality Education Project manager consulted broadly with schools, health centres, young people and community members across the NT to gain a detailed understanding of the current situation and the support needed to enhance the capacity of communities to deliver comprehensive and culturally appropriate sexuality education. These findings, complemented by a literature review, provided the rationale for the project’s development and implementation.

This presentation will highlight and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities in delivering sexuality education in the NT.

Presenter - Jocelyn Landman
Sexuality Education Project Manager, Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Unit, Department of Health and Families (NTG)