Women’s Health Goulburn North East wrote a submission to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) national curriculum review, which proposed some changes to the national curriculum, including changes to enhance consent, sexuality, and relationships education.
In the submission, Women’s Health Goulburn North East applauded the move to include consent and respectful relationships education at age-appropriate points from kindergarten through to high school, recognising the potential to promote young peoples’ sexual and reproductive health rights and help to prevent violence against women.
WHGNE also made the following recommendations:
- Consult with young people.
- The implementation of a multi-component, integrated health promotion strategy that goes beyond just the curriculum.
- Consent, respectful relationships and sexuality education should be gender transformative, sex-positive and inclusive.
- Curriculum content should be delivered by appropriately skilled and confident staff.
- Consent, respectful relationships and sexuality education should be mandatory.