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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Young people's experiences of sexuality education

Monday, March 25, 2019

National News

In October 2018, we conducted an online survey to gather information about young people's experiences of relationship and sexuality education in school. More than 1100 young people responded to the survey. 

Most of the young people (83 per cent) identified as female. Eighty per cent of respondents were New Zealand European and 20 per cent were Māori, with respondents able to choose multiple ethnicities. Over 40 per cent were aged 16 or 17 years. 

Recommendations

1. Relationship and sexuality education should be taught by highly committed, well-trained teachers who regularly engage with health education professional development in this area of the curriculum. Professional development in relationship and sexuality education should be resources, accessible to teachers and current. 

2. Quality relationship and sexuality education should be guided by Sexuality Education: A guide for Principals, Boards of Trustees and Teachers (MOE, 2015). It will include learning in sexual health, reproduction, gender and sexual diversity, identity, relationships, consent, as well as contemporary issues (such as pornography). Quality sexuality education will centralise identities and relationships. 

3. All schools should formally timetable relationship and sexuality education from years 1-13 for at least 12-15 hours per year level, per year. 

4. School policies and processes should explicitly reflect inclusion of LGBTQI+. Takataapui, Fa'afafine and other sexually and gender diverse students, staff and whānau. 

Read the full report of our online survey. 

 

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