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Sexuality Matters! Part A: Provide rights-based sexuality supports

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Course description

The sexuality of people with intellectual disability and/or autism has often been feared and misunderstood.  While disability rights are now entrenched in law, people with disability are still denied sexual health education, access to reproductive and sexual health services and the right to have relationships and marry that the rest of society takes for granted.   As familiar and trusted people in their clients’ lives, disability workers are well placed to provide support on healthy relationships and sexuality that many of their clients have never had the chance to learn.

This course takes a holistic and right-based approach to supporting reproductive and sexual health.  Participants will learn about best practice principles for educating people with intellectual disability and/or autism and use discussion and case scenarios are used to explore the balance between duty of care with dignity of risk.  Learning activities are used to build their confidence in how to proactively support clients with intellectual disability and/or autism around relationships, sexuality and sexual health.

Day 1 / Webinars 1 to 3:

  • Holistic approaches to sexuality

  • Society and culture: messages about sexuality and disability

  • Reproductive and sexual rights

  • Sexual and gender diversity

  • Understanding body parts

  • Supporting reproductive and sexual health

Day 2 / Webinars 4 to 6:

  • Applying a person centred approach

  • Working with families

  • Strategies for providing sexuality information

  • Action planning

Participants who successfully complete the workplace based assessment will be awarded a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for CHCEDU003 Provide sexual and reproductive health information to clients.

This course is a prerequisite for our more advanced course Sexuality Matters! - Part B: Design and deliver a sexuality education program

Funded courses will be delivered at no cost to participants in the region or group specified by the funding body. 


Courses delivered for groups on request are priced on a cost recovery basis - please contact us for a quote.

Participants are provided with a workbook, which includes a list of resources that may be used by workers and their clients with disability.  

Who should attend?

Workers in the disability service sector, including managers, support workers, case managers and allied health professionals, who are required to conduct information sessions on reproductive and sexual health.

Course structure

Face-to-Face Workshop: two day course

Interactive webinar series: six online workshops of 2 hours each

Post-workshop activities:

Workplace assessment: Written and practical assessment tasks to be completed in the workplace.   

Eligibility / Prerequisite

Applicants must have prior work experience supporting people with disability.

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required for enrolment.  If you have not yet obtained a USI you can apply for it directly at https://www.usi.gov.au/students on your computer or mobile device. Please note that if you would like to specify your gender as ‘other’ you will need to contact the USI Office for assistance.  Family Planning NSW can only issue a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment when a participant has provided a USI.

Participants need access to a PC or laptop with a working camera and microphone as this is an interactive course.  Phones are not recommended. 


The assessment tasks are undertaken in a participant's own time following the two day course  or webinar series.  The tasks consist of short answer questions, a case study and report and providing one information session on a sexual and reproductive health topic to an individual or a group.  Participants have four months to submit the workplace assessment.

Recognition / Accreditation

RTO Code 90255

A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCEDU003 Provide sexual and reproductive health information to clients will be issued subject to successful completion of workplace-based assessment tasks. This unit of competency may be credited towards a qualification from the Community Services training package (CHC), e.g. Certificate IV in Disability.

Further information

Contact: Course Administration Unit, Education Services

Email: education@fpnsw.org.au

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