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Nuts and Bolts develops the core knowledge, attitudes and skills required to provide information and support for young people around respectful relationships and sexual health issues.

This course has been designed for youth workers and others in the youth sector. It is suitable for a wide range of people working with young people including Aboriginal health workers, AIEOs, SEWB workers and other mental health workers, drug and alcohol workers, health promotion officers, nurses and teachers.

(Note for nurses: SHQ’s Bare Essentials is designed specifically for nurses, and is required for the Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, or CNE points.)

Nuts and Bolts is made up of one core day and two full day electives. The core is a pre-requisite for all electives. All three days must be completed within 12 months for a Nuts and Bolts certificate.

Day 1 Core– Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Diversity, you and your role

Day 2 Elective – Bodies, pleasure & sex, safer sex, contraception & unintended pregnancy

Day 3 Elective –Contemporary Sexuality: Respectful relationships, Consent, Porn & the online world

Participants gain skills to;

  • Create a safe space and talk about relationships and sexual health
  • Provide information and discuss a range of sexual health topics and issues
  • Promote informed choices, motivate positive and healthy behaviours
  • Provide appropriate support and referral for young people with sexual health concerns

Course Structure

Day 1 Core– Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Diversity, you and your role

Day 1 sets the foundations for working inclusively and effectively to empower young people to make informed decisions about their relationships and sexual health. It includes an introduction to diversity in sex, gender and orientation, examines values and attitudes and presents an ethical framework for working.

Topics include:

  • Sexual & reproductive health & rights
  • Being a skilled helper
  • Gender roles
  • Ethical framework
  • Diversity in sex, gender & orientation
  • Safe and inclusive practice

Day 2 Elective – Bodies, pleasure & sex, safer sex, contraception & unintended pregnancy

Day 2 provides information on key sexual health topics including STIs and contraception. The workshop is jam packed with interactive activities that will increase your knowledge and confidence to provide appropriate information.

Topics include:

  • Bodies, pleasure and sex
  • Safer sex and STI prevention
  • Contraception
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Answering young people’s questions

Day 3 ElectiveContemporary Sexuality: Respectful relationships, Consent, Porn & the online world

Day 3 explores contemporary issues in sexual health. We look at building young people’s capacity for respectful relationships. We explore consent and how young people can communicate what they want and what they don’t. We examine the messages young people get from pornography and consider how to enhance digital resilience and respect.

Topics include:

  • Respectful relationships
  • Consent
  • Pornography
  • The online world
  • Supporting young people with sexual health concerns
  • Referral pathways

Mooditj is a resilience, relationships and sexual health education program for young Aboriginal people aged 10-14 years. It has been developed by SHQ in collaboration with Aboriginal people from across WA over the past 18 years. Young people who come along will know that their background is valued. The program uses storytelling and opportunities for discussion and learning from each other.

Mooditj is designed to be run by local community people working in pairs. At least one of the community leaders should be Aboriginal.

The Mooditj program has three parts:

  • Mooditj Me – helps young people grow their inner strengths and identity. They learn to safely deal with strong feelings and when to find help. It has 8 sessions, each 50 minutes.
  • Mooditj Mates – helps to develop their skills to grow solid friendships and relationships with other young people. They learn to express themselves and work their way through problems in safe and respectful ways. This also has 8 sessions, each 50 minutes.
  • Mooditj More than Mates. You can choose to include these puberty and basic sexual health information sessions from the original Mooditj program. These 5 sessions cut down on shame and can be taught in split groups.

Each part of the program can be run in many ways – e.g. 1 or 2 sessions a week, or over a few days in a holiday program or camp. The three parts can be run in blocks in different ways and times. You can make small changes to suit your group.

In the metro area, SHQ Educators can come and run a Mooditj program for young people in your community or school. Better still, come to Mooditj Leader Training and learn to run a Mooditj Program yourself! SHQ may be able to assist with resources and Educators to work alongside you while you build your confidence.

Download the Mooditj program outline.

Mooditj Leader Training is a four-day course that builds the knowledge, skills and confidence to run Mooditj groups for young people. The training is interactive and fun. It is designed for Aboriginal community members or anyone who works with Aboriginal young people in their community.

Participants should walk away with:

  • Knowledge, skills and confidence to run Mooditj programs
  • Practical ways to talk about sensitive issues with young people.

STARS is a new two day introductory course to help build knowledge and confidence to Start Talking About Relationships and Sexual health with young Aboriginal people.

The course is fun. We learn though group activities. Sharing a laugh helps people be more comfortable. Course leaders include Aboriginal Educators and we do our best to make it culturally safe.

STARS is designed for Aboriginal community members and others working with young Aboriginal people.

It is suitable for a wide range of workers and volunteers, such as health workers, health promotion officers, SEWB workers, youth workers, juvenile justice workers, education workers, AOD workers, family support workers, liaison officers, night patrol staff, and many more.

Participants should walk away with the skills to:

  • Help young people feel safe to talk about relationships and sexual health
  • Support and include LGBT+ young people
  • Provide information about bodies, puberty, contraception, pregnancy and STIs
  • Talk about healthy relationships, consent, pleasure, sexting and porn
  • Help or refer young people with sexual health concerns

Topics include:

  • Bodies and puberty
  • LGBTI young people and diversity
  • Starting the conversations
  • Supporting young people
  • Contraception, pregnancy and STIs
  • Consent, pleasure and effects of porn
  • Respectful relationships, sexting
  • Knowing our limits and when to refer

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Course Fees

SHQ courses are part-funded by the WA and Australian Government Departments of Health and partly through course fees. There may be discounts and scholarships available for some courses to assist you to access training. Available discounts are advised on the relevant course page, along with any criteria required to qualify.

WA Department of Health Bursaries and Scholarships

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