Improving student sexual wellbeing – A workshop on having conversations around sexual health

Mr Priyadi Prihaswan1, Ms Semra Tastan2

1HARP Unit, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Darlinghurst, Australia
2Student Hub, UNSW Sydney, Kensington, Australia

The majority of students are young adults and as such are at a key developmental stage in relation to personal identity and relationships. Issues related to sexual wellbeing will have a significant negative effect on the physical and emotional wellbeing of a proportion of students. If not resolved promptly and sensitively, these issues can affect both their success as learners and their participation in the broader campus life.

Specific issues which can negatively affect student wellbeing and success include:

  • unwanted pregnancy;
  • sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including HIV;
  • sexual assault;
  • forming and navigating relationships; and
  • exploration of sexuality and identity, including same-sex attraction.

Sexual wellbeing can be a complex topic to address in a campus context, particularly given the high proportion of people transitioning into young adulthood and independence, the diversity of life experience, cultural background and sexual orientation that exists within the student population, and the varying role-relationships which exist between staff and students.

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore strategies to engage with students around sexual health. At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand sexual health issues affecting students.
  • Refer students to appropriate sexual health information.
  • Identify personal and organisational capacity to respond to sexual health needs of students.
  • Apply communication processes to engage students in conversations around sexual health.


Priyadi Prihaswan has been working at the HIV/AIDS and Related Programs Unit, SESLHD as a health promotion officer for over 7 years. In his current role he is involved in a number of HIV, sexual health and viral hepatitis health promotion programs reaching diverse populations.

Semra Tastan joined Student Development International in March 2017, having previously worked in student participation and engagement at UNSW Sydney and Macquarie University. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from the University of Sydney and has implemented a number of sexual health promotion activities for students and staff at UNSW Sydney. She is passionate about supporting the participation and success of international students.


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