Sexual health peer education programs in the community youth sector: what works, what doesn't and what can they achieve?

Rebecca Walker

The community youth sector has often been an underutilised asset in engaging young people around sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBV). Many of these organisations have sustained and effective relationships with groups of young people who may have disengaged with school education, or who may not have received relevant, holistic sexual health education (through school, parents etc). The use of peer based programming can be an effective approach in health promotion, particularly given the influential role peers play in shaping young people’s attitudes and behaviours.

 

2011 Australasian Sexual Health Conference 'Sex in the City', recorded in September 2011 Canberra, Australia.

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Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker is from the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia, and is the Project Officer of the Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Project. She has a background in Psychology and Health Promotion, and has been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of YEP since its inception over two years ago.

Co-authors: Craig Comrie, Graham Brown, Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia
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