The Nitty Gritty: Specialised Reproductive and Sexual Health Training for Youth Workers

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Course description

Do you work with young people in a youth service or community setting?

Feeling uncomfortable or unsure speaking to young people about sexual health?

Looking for up to date information and resources for workers and clients?

Want to learn about supporting good sexual health in particular groups of young people?

Youth workers and others who work closely with young people have the potential to support them to develop positive attitudes and make informed decisions about relationships, sexuality and sexual health. This course identifies opportunities and strategies for workers to talk about sexual health with young people within their role so that they can confidently guide clients to find reliable sources of information or make referrals to relevant services.

Participants will develop or enhance their knowledge of specific areas of reproductive and sexual health affecting young people and their relationships.  The course focuses on developing inclusive and appropriate strategies to work effectively with young people, especially those groups who are at risk of poor sexual health outcomes, including young people with disability, LGBTIQ, CALD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Topics include:

  • Defining and negotiating consent
  • The low-down on STIs
  • Contraceptive options
  • Communicating with young people about reproductive and sexual health

Supporting good sexual health when working with specific groups:

  • Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds
  • Young people with disability
  • Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer people

This course builds on and complements ‘Sticky Stuff’ training, also supported by NSW Health. 

Who should attend?

Workers in the youth and community services sector who work closely with young people, including youth workers, Aboriginal community workers, program coordinators and case managers.

Course structure

The course can be completed as a full day face to face or online.

Face-to-Face Workshop
The course is presented in two parts:

  • Core module  - 3 hours
  • Working with specific groups – up to 4 hours.   2 to 4 topics will be presented to meet the learning priorities of each region.

The core module and specialist topics on working with specific groups are available online as self-paced learning.  Learners may complete one or more modules online to meet their learning needs.

Eligibility / Prerequisite

The course is best suited to people working in the youth sector or in a role contributing to the health, wellbeing and support of young people.

Recognition / Accreditation

Participants who attend the face to face course will receive a Statement of Attendance.

For the online course, participants will receive a Statement of Completion for each module completed.  

Further information

Contact: Course Administration Unit, Education Services
Phone: (02) 8752 4300 press 1 for Education Services
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