Sexual health education programs can positively influence behaviour, and reduce the occurrence of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
The ‘Yarning Quiet Ways’ project aims to understand and evaluate how Aboriginal parents and carers, from various regions of WA, talk with their kids about relationships and sex. ‘Yarning Quiet Ways’ favours a qualitative approach to data collection with researchers holding focus groups over a period of four to five months. The chosen methodology intends to explore the views and experiences of Aboriginal people towards the topic and will also gather information about what Aboriginal parents and carers think of the content of existing resources and their cultural appropriateness.
It is anticipated that a report summarising the findings of the research, as well as recommendations for improvement will be submitted to the WA Department of Health by the end of September 2015.
Researchers: Marilyn Lyford, Chontarle Bellotie