Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. Please note that we will not be offering phone appointments over the Easter Weekend (10-13 April). 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) until the end of April. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 


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Talking with teens about sexual responsibility

Talking with teens/rangatahi about relationships, sexuality, sexual health and responsibility encourages them to think about their own values and make better decisions in their own relationships. It gives you the chance to talk about your own values too. 

Are there benefits in talking to teens about relationships, sexuality, sexual health and responsibility?

Yes. Talking about the emotional aspects of a relationship will help teenagers make better decisions in their own relationships.

It is helpful for young people to think about their own values about sex and sexuality and decide what they feel comfortable with before getting into a sexual situation. 

Teens need the skills to make good decisions about relationships and sex

Teens need the skills to make good decisions about relationships and sex and be able to stand up for those decisions, for example, know how to say no if that’s what they choose.

They also need to know how to talk with their partner about being sexually safe, including using contraception, when they’re ready for a sexual relationship. 

Young people want to enjoy their sexual experiences and have enough information and confidence to be safe. It is important they know where they can get help and support, and sexual and reproductive health services.

Teens also need skills to be able to recognise a situation that might become unsafe and to deal with any pressure for unwanted sex.

What can I do to prepare for conversations with my young person?

Before you start to talk with your teen, it is a good idea to know what you want to communicate and why.

Be open to learning from them and show them you are willing to really listen.

Don’t interrupt when they’re talking.

Avoid questions that can only be answered with a yes or no. Instead, invite them to give an opinion or explain what’s important to them.

Whenever possible, assure them that you will respect their confidence and privacy. At the same time, ask them to respect yours. If you want to give them advice or guidance, explain the reasons.

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