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Sexually transmissible infections

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This information provides guidance to principals regarding the implementation of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) education.

Schools, parents and the community share the task of educating young people about HIV, hepatitis C and STIs. Schools are well placed to enhance the information children receive at home.

Education and prevention programs should develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes about HIV, hepatitis C and STIs. Programs should be delivered as part of a broader sexuality and relationships education program. When planning for your school:

  • ensure programs are sequential, age-appropriate and based on principles of best practice (DOC, 276KB)
  • consider a range professional development delivery options for teachers and school staff (ie. online, in-services provided by other school staff and/or external service providers such as Department of Health or Family Planning Queensland
  • ensure forums, seminars and one-off external programs, if used, supplement the central role of the teacher and align with departmental policies and procedures
  • ensure external service providers possess a Blue Card, where required
  • involve the school community in the consultation process about HIV, hepatitis C and STI education programs within the school
  • encourage parents to discuss the HIV, hepatitis C and STI education program with their children
  • encourage students to talk to their parents and school staff about HIV, hepatitis C and STIs.

Online resources

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Last updated 12 September 2019