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Working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

At SHine SA we aim to:

  • strengthen partnerships and networks with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples, communities and organisations
  • provide culturally appropriate and accessible sexual health services
  • provide accredited education and training for ATSI workers in sexual health
  • provide professional support for ATSI workers
  • involve and support ATSI workers in education, prevention and promotion programs that build the capacity of the indigenous community
  • involve the ATSI community in the development, implementation and evaluation of SHine SA's one-to-one service provision
  • develop culturally appropriate information and resources

Yarning On - Aboriginal Sexual Health Program

SHine SA received funding through the National Indigenous Partnerships (Indigenous Early Childhood Development and Close the Gap on Indigenous Sexual and Reproductive Health) to develop and deliver Sexual Health Education Programs Targeting Aboriginal Young People, which aim to improve the sexual and reproductive health, wellbeing and safety of young Aboriginal South Australians.

There are two programs funded under this initiative. Both programs aim to build the capacity of the community and workforce to develop culturally appropriate solutions to promote respectful relationships and improved sexual health literacy and therefore health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal young people and their communities.

The Investing in Aboriginal Youth Program aims to work with:

  • health, education and community workers
  • young Aboriginal people
  • communities

within identified rural, remote and metropolitan Aboriginal communities to promote and improve the relationship and sexual health literacy of young Aboriginal people.

It will achieve this, through:

  • training and support of health and community workers to engage young people aged 12–24 years out of the school system using a peer education and youth participation model
  • development of culturally appropriate resources
  • engagement of parents in appropriate programs
  • provision of small grants for communities to develop respectful relationship and sexual health promotion projects/programs

The Aboriginal Focus Schools Program, based on the best practice Focus Schools Program, aims to increase the capacity of principals, teachers, Anangu Education Workers, Aboriginal Community Education Officers, parents and school communities in the targeted schools to promote and improve the relationship and sexual health literacy and wellbeing of school students in Years 5,6 & 7 and Years 8, 9 & 10.

It will achieve this through:

  • development of age and culturally appropriate curriculum
  • training and support for teachers, Anangu Education Workers and Aboriginal Community Education Officers
  • development of culturally appropriate resources
  • parent programs

For more information see Aboriginal Focus Schools Program.


Information and resources

Yarning On initiative: Stage One Final Evaluation Report

Yarning On initiative: Final Evaluation Report

SHine SA produces a range of resources including leaflets, booklets, fact sheets, manuals and posters. To view and order these resources see the SHine SA resources section.

A range of books and DVDs on sexual health and relationships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people is available from the SHine SA Library.

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