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Course description

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience poorer health outcomes than non-Aboriginal Australians. This is particularly true of their reproductive and sexual health, with higher rates of Sexually Transmissible Infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis[1] and more than three times higher cervical cancer mortality rate prevalent in Aboriginal communities[2].

This course builds the capacity of Aboriginal Health Workers to provide reproductive and sexual health information to clients and community members.  It is delivered over two full days with each session presented by a trained facilitator who will lead the group in discussions, games and other group activities. Topics covered in the course include: 

  • What is sexuality?
  • Values and attitudes in sexual health
  • Reproductive and sexual health rights
  • Sexual and gender diversity
  • Sexuality through the lifespan
  • Women’s and men’s business
  • Contraception
  • STIs and safe sex
  • Strategies for providing sexuality education
  • Working with communities

The course is linked to a nationally recognised unit of competency CHCEDU003 Provide sexual and reproductive health information to clients.  Following training, participants can undertake a workplace based assessment to complete this unit. 

1. Kirby Institute, (2018). Blood borne viral and sexually transmitted infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Annual Surveillance Report 2018.  Retrieved from: https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/report-type/aboriginal-surveillance-reports 

2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2018) Cancer in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people of Australia.  Retrieved from  https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-in-indigenous-australians/contents/cancer-type/cervical-cancer-c53

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for Aboriginal Health Workers in NSW who work in the health and community sectors.  

Course structure

Face-to-Face Workshop

2 day workshop

Course times and days of delivery may be negotiated to meet community needs.

Workshop times: 2 days 9.00am - 4.15pm  

Post-workshop activities

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


This course is available to request as external training for organisations and regional groups.

Course times and days of delivery may be negotiated to meet community needs.

Eligibility / Prerequisite

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/your-usi/create-usi 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.


The assessment tasks are undertaken in a participant's own time following the 2 day workshop.  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 4 months to submit the workplace assessment.

Course cost

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 references and resources for workers and their clients.  

Recognition / Accreditation

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 vocational qualification from the Community Services training package (CHC), such as Certificate IV in Community Services.

RTO Code 90255

Further information

Contact: Course Administration Unit, Education Services

Email: education@fpnsw.org.au

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