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. 

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) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Call for action now on relationship and sexuality education

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Media Release

Family Planning hopes a new report on relationship and sexuality education will finally be enough to spur on action.

This morning, the Education Review Office (ERO) released a new report on relationship and sexuality education in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. As expected, the report shows that little has changed in over a decade with nearly half of schools struggling to teach this area of the curriculum.

The report shows there has been little change in over a decade in the area of sexuality education in New Zealand. This is despite many experts and health promotion agencies like Family Planning loudly calling for action.

“Our children and young people deserve better. They need better.” Family Planning Chief Executive Office Jackie Edmond says.

“Young people need to be able to make responsible decisions about relationships and sexuality. They need to be equipped to manage the complexities of online interactions and consent.”

Family Planning supports the report recommendations that the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health work with experts like Family Planning and Te Whāriki Takapou to support teachers, schools and the community to deliver a comprehensive programme to all young people in New Zealand.

Family Planning wants to see every school and every hard-working teacher and principal provided the resources and support they need to effectively implement good quality relationship and sexuality education so that young people can build the skills, knowledge and values to navigate this area of their lives.

As sexuality education spans a number of sectors – education, public health and violence prevention – it is vital to have a strategic and integrated approach at the national level. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, as the most critical stakeholders, should provide leadership and coordination so funding and resources for relationship and sexuality education are cost-effective.

Teachers and schools must be well-supported with on-going professional development. This will help reduce the number of outside organisations swooping in and out to deliver programmes – an approach which is not best practice and is unsustainable financially.

Evidence clearly shows that relationship and sexuality education is best when it is delivered by qualified teachers and where trust, diversity, equality and inclusiveness are reinforced through the wider school culture.

The report’s recommendations must be actioned now. New Zealand’s young people cannot wait.

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