Sex Education

How can schools improve our understanding of consent, sexuality and sex positivity? 

In this episode, Amelia and Jessica are joined by sexology expert Dr Jacqueline Hendriks. The three discuss which topics feature in Australia’s sex education curriculum and what changes could be made to promote more respectful and meaningful sexual relationships. 

  • Starting sex education early [00:52]
  • Differences between schools [04:03]
  • Perceptions of sexual encounters as conquests [08:37]
  • Sexual assault allegations in Canberra [09:27]
  • Being inclusive of people identifying as LGBTIQ+ [11:58]
  • Countries with exemplary sex education curricula [13:51]
  • How is Jacqui’s research creating positive change? [16:44]

Content Warning: This episode contains information about sexual assault.

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Learn more

Talk soon. Talk often. [.pdf]

Hundreds of Sydney students claim they were sexually assaulted

Curtin’s Introduction to Sexology Attitudes and Values unit

Connect with our guests

Dr Jacqueline Hendriks, School of Population Health, Curtin University 

Jacqui’s article in The Conversation

Jacqui’s Curtin profile and email

Jacqui’s website

Questions or suggestions for future topics




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