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SHQ launches new health education program

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SHQ is excited to announce the launch of its new RELATE health education program!

The first of its kind in WA, RELATE is based on the latest respectful relationships education research, and is relevant to the needs and concerns of young people. The program aims to increase students’ knowledge and understanding about relationships and sexuality in interactive ways.

Evidence shows that teachers are best-placed to run relationships and sexuality education programs as they best know their students and their backgrounds. However, many teachers do not feel confident with their ability to deliver lessons on such sensitive topics, and RELATE allows them to gain these skills with all the resources and background information provided.

RELATE addresses the hot topics of ‘sexting’ and sharing of nude pics online by developing digital media and health literacy skills which many young people are lacking. With recent media reports around WA secondary schools involvement in pornography rings and young people using dating apps, the value of programs like RELATE cannot be underestimated!

RELATE is linked to the WA Health Education curriculum and provides a comprehensive term’s program for years 8,9,10, delving into sensitive topics around ethical behaviour and consent at age-appropriate levels.

Earlier this year Rockingham Montessori was the first school to implement the RELATE training program, working closely alongside an SHQ educator. Results were outstanding!

“In our ever changing technological world, it is imperative for education systems to engage students in relationship education,” said Katherine Shearer, Montessori teacher.

“By participating in the RELATE program our students are now prepared to recognise and have respectful relationships throughout their lives.”

For more information about RELATE or to order a manual, please email relate@shq.org.au or contact Sue Dimitrijevich on 9227 6177.

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