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Family Planning Conference 2012

Report by Allison Richardson
News Editor ASSERT NSW

Every day 125 million people have sex. Yet despite these staggering numbers we still struggle to talk about sex and for many it is a subject cloaked in guilt and shame.

Launching the annual Family Planning NSW conference Dr Gill Greer, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation 2006-11, said that despite the interconnectedness of today’s world millions of people “have neither voice or choice” when it comes to sexual health with 222 million unable to access contraception.

More than 250 doctors, nurses, counsellors and others involved in sexual health attended the two day Raising the Bar conference in Sydney where Dr Greer commended Australia for its efforts in fighting HIV and AIDS but stressed the vital importance of investing “as much in the second ten years of life as we do in the first ten years” in order to address the vulnerability of adolescents and to improve their resilience.

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TOO FAST? Learn To Last LONGER

Brett McCann and Dr Michael Lowy co-authored a book last year on the latest theory and treatment of Premature Ejaculation.

Too Fast can be purchased now as an e-book download from Amazon or as a hard copy by contacting the publisher here.

 







The Gender Book

An interesting American website

http://www.thegenderbook.com/







Sex Drive


Book Review by Allison Richardson

Sex Drive, Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton, (Allen and Unwin) RRP $27.99

Lack of libido is the hot topic when it comes to female sexual problems.  Controversial research suggests an estimated  “43 per cent of American women are dissatisfied with sex” triggering a pharmaceutical race to find a “female Viagra” to treat the increasing number of women diagnosed as being sexually dysfunctional.

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Is This Normal

 


Understanding Your Childs Sexual Behaviour

Is this normal? Understanding your child's sexual behaviour, a new book published by Family Planning Queensland, provides parents, carers and professionals with a traffic lights framework to help them understand and appropriately respond to children's sexual behaviours. It shares stories about everyday situations and offers concrete tools to support communication with children about their sexuality and relationships. For more information or to order your copy for $14.90 (plus freight), visit http://www.fpq.com.au/publications/teachingAids/Is_this_normal.php








IPHONE/IPAD APP

 

APPLE was not able to cope with the name: The ILLUSTRATED CLITORIS

It is now called

Explore Women's Sex

 

What is it?
The latest publication by well known Australian sexual therapist and sexology theorist Dr Vivienne Cass, an educational program that teaches about a woman's clitoral anatomy in a way that is fun and informative.

Who is it for?

  • Ideal for the general public who want to learn about a woman's sexuality and use this information to improve their sexual relationships
  • A great resource for sexology students, sex educators, medical and psychology professionals, sexual therapists and counsellors


Why do we need it?

  • The topic of women's clitoral anatomy is not something that is easily spoken about
  • This information is not available in some communities
  • It's only in the last decade that we have uncovered the facts about the clitoris
  • Some books and articles on the topic are heavy reading
  • The app is a good resource for health and education professionals who can use it for their own education as well as teaching their clients, patients or students


What does it do?

  • it offers the best diagrams of the clitoris that are available
  • it provides a selection of 5 easy-to-read coloured diagrams of the clitoris
  • tapping on the different body parts takes you to information about each part
  • try the Fun Cliteracy Quiz or the Serious one to see how much you've learned
  • read the Turn-on tips to get some ideas on what turns women on


Why you will want to use it.

For the general public:

  • you may be curious about the physical aspects of women's sexual arousal and want to learn more
  • you can buy the app and learn about the clitoral anatomy in private (less embarrassing and avoids prejudices from the community)
  • you can have fun while learning something
  • it's cheaper than buying a book on the topic
  • this may be the only way you can get sexual information
  • there are different things to do on the app so it's not boring


For the professional:

  • it's a good source of reliable information
  • it provides information in an area of sexuality that isn't readily available in the professional literature
  • the app creator is a well-known sexologist and author
  • refer your clients/patients to an inexpensive source of information


Unique Features

  • first serious high quality sex education app
  • can be used by a range of audiences and cultures
  • app has several different ways of presenting the material
  • easy-to-read text and diagrams
  • diagrams are most up-to-date available
  • author a qualified authority
  • designed for both app-savvy individuals and those who are inexperienced


Contact Us

Postal Address:
PO Box 1127 Bentley DC 6983 Western Australia

Contact Details:
Email: contact@brightfire.com.au







Statement January: 2011


Australian Society of Sex Educators,
Researchers & Therapists
(ASSERT) NSW

A response to the Federal Attorney General's Consolidation of
Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws: Discussion Paper, Australia – 2011

Sex and/or Gender Diverse (SGD) & Sexuality Diverse Protection

Anti-discrimination protection for sex and/or gender diverse (SGD) groups of people need to include people who are intersex, transexed, transsexual, transgendered, androgynous, without sex and gender identity, cross dressers and people with sex and gender culturally specific differences. They are people who experience variations in physical presentation and social behaviour that is other than stereotypically male or female. Each group may have its own physical, psychological, social, legal and political issues that may not necessarily relate to any of the other groups.

For most people their sex is either predominantly male or female. Some people are born with obvious ambiguous sex characteristics that place them as intersex or indeterminate sex. Other people may experience physiological feminization or masculinisation during their lives. Still further there are people who have atypical sex characteristics that may be seen as sex diverse, for these people it may not be possible to diagnose them as intersex but they are sex diverse.

Gender diverse people experience difference in socially constructed gender performance. Gender is essentially a performance of masculinity, femininity, both or neuter place within a sociocultural context.

Sexuality is the way in which individuals or groups engage in sexual activity and contact. The way in which societies view sexualities depends on social values and perspective. Ostracized sexuality groups in Australia at the moment include gay, bisexual, lesbian, queer and polyamourous groups.

In Australia at the moment there is a chronic lack of anti-discrimination laws to protect all sex and/or gender diverse and sexuality diverse groups. In sexology none of these people are considered to be pathological or a deviant in any way and are simply an occurrence in nature.  In the Federal Attorney General Departments reconfiguration of antidiscrimination laws there is a need to include all these groups in to also comply with the Federal Attorney General Departments obligations to the  United Nation’s International Human Rights.

In Australia at the moment there is a chronic lack of anti-discrimination laws to protect all sex and/or gender diverse and sexuality diverse groups. In sexology none of these people are considered to be pathological or a deviant in any way and are simply an occurrence in nature.  In the Federal Attorney General Departments reconfiguration of antidiscrimination laws there is a need to include all these groups in to also comply with the Federal Attorney General Departments obligations to the  United Nation’s International Human Rights.

The Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapist (ASSERT) NSW is a professional organisation of sexologists, sexual health practitioners, sex therapists, doctors, nurses, naturopaths, psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers and academics specialising in human sexuality. Our membership has specialist and collective knowledge around the biological, psychological and social issues in the areas of sex, gender and sexuality.

Our human rights considerations are founded on improving the sexual health of Australians in line with the World Sexology Association’s (WAS) Millennium Declaration which states:

‘Sexual rights are an integral component of basic human rights and therefore are inalienable and universal. Sexual health is an integral component of the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health. Sexual health cannot be obtained or maintained without sexual rights for all.’

Brett McCann
President Australian Society of Sex Educator, Researchers & Therapist (ASSERT) NSW
Telephone: 0411 456 230
Email: president@assertnsw.org.au





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