‘Talk­ing the Talk’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Or­gan­is­ers of sex­ual-health and well­be­ing pre­sen­ta­tions in Hor­sham next week hope to es­tab­lish the event as a reg­u­lar in­for­ma­tion re­source for par­ents and teach­ers.

Two free ‘Talk­ing the Talk’ sex and health ed­u­ca­tion pre­sen­ta­tions will be at Hor­sham Col­lege Au­di­to­rium in Bail­lie Street on Mon­day.

The first pre­sen­ta­tion, ‘Sex­u­al­ity Ed­u­ca­tion’, is for teach­ers and health pro­fes­sion­als, from 4.15pm to 5.45pm. ‘Re­spect­ful Re­la­tion­ships, Hu­man Sex­u­al­ity and Pro­tec­tive Safety’, is aimed at par­ents and is from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tor, nurse and mother of three Vanessa Hamil­ton will present both ses­sions.

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Rod Kirk­wood said the col­lege wanted to pro­vide adults in the com­mu­nity with the skills, knowl­edge and con­fi­dence to talk about young peo­ple’s sex­u­al­ity.

“Hor­sham Col­lege health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment wanted to pro­vide a free in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to help pro­fes­sion­als work­ing with young peo­ple in the Wim­mera and to sup­port par­ents with what can be a chal­leng­ing part of a child’s phys­i­cal and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment as they go through pu­berty,” he said.

“Vanessa is highly re­garded in terms of her knowl­edge in the field and her own ex­pe­ri­ences and sto­ries as a mother of teens are a great help.”

Mr Kirk­wood said the later ses­sion was tar­geted at par­ents of grade five to year 12 stu­dents and aims to teach them how to have a con­ver­sa­tion with their chil­dren about sex­ual health, re­la­tion­ships and safety, as well as tips and sug­ges­tions about what is ap­pro­pri­ate and nor­mal be­hav­iour for par­tic­u­lar age groups.

The ses­sion for teach­ers will cover top­ics in­clud­ing child­hood de­vel­op­ment and be­hav­iour, pros and cons as­so­ci­ated with teach­ing a sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum and sup­port­ing chil­dren while grow­ing up in a sex­u­alised so­ci­ety.

Teach­ers and health pro­fes­sion­als can book on­line at www.try­book.com/534250, and par­ents and other com­mu­nity mem­bers can book at www.try­book­ing.com/516666.

The par­ent ses­sion is un­suit­able for chil­dren to at­tend.

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