Doing 'IT': Our sex education podcast for parents & carers

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Doing ‘IT’ is a podcast from the Family Planning Victoria Schools Education team. This podcast is for parents / carers and teachers of school aged children to help navigate the world of Relationships and Sexuality Education. Discussion topics include: bodies; being safe; puberty; sex; sexual health and relationships.

Some of our episodes are available as downloadable transcripts at the bottom.

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Episode #18 What is Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority (VARTA)?

This episode is with Kate Bourne from the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority (VARTA). VARTA is responsible for registration of reproductive clinics, public education, donor conception registers and can link people with their sperm or egg donor.

Statistically, there is a child in every class who was conceived through some kind of Assisted Reproductive Technology. When FPV run classes in primary school about making babies it is really important that all types of conception are included, so we talk about IVF and other types of Assisted Reproductive Technology too.

Kate is going to talk through the role of VARTA and give some guidance about what to say to children about alternative methods of conception, and when to have those conversations.


Episode #17 Going to the doctor and FAQs

Young people often ask questions around seeking sexual health information and having their privacy protected. Nurse Educator Sam Read talks about what it takes for a young person to get themselves to the doctor. What age can someone see a doctor on their own? Does a parent have to know if a young person has been prescribed contraception? What even is Medicare and the My Health record?


Episode #16 Minus 18 Champions for LGTBIQ Youth

This episode is an interview with Miller Soding from Minus 18. Minus 18 is an Australian youth driven network for LGTBIQ young people. They run events, workshops and provide advocacy resources. It is an agency that young people might know about through school. In this discussion, Miller answers questions about the type of work Minus 18 do and why it is so important. She also talks about some logistics of events that parents and carers might want to know about if they have a young person attending an event.


Episode #15 What about consent?

In this episode Anne speaks with FPV educator Kit about what consent means. When do young people start to learn about consent? What should adults say about it? What does consent mean in a sexual relationship? What does the law say about consent? What does FPV say about consent in classes?


Episode #14 The Clitoris

In this episode Vanessa Hamilton from Talking the Talk explains the clitoris. It is a body part that is often left out of anatomy discussion. We talk about what it is, what young people need to know about it, what to say and when.


Episode #13 Interview with Fida Sanjakdar -Culture, faith and sexuality education

Fida Sanjakdar is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Fida studies the intersection of culture, religion and sexuality education.


Episode #12 Interview with Holly Martin

Holly Ann Martin is Managing Director of Safe 4 Kids. She runs a child abuse prevention program. In this episode Anne asks about the program and its impact in remote areas of northern Australia, where Holly Ann sometimes works with whole communities.

For more information about Holly Ann go to the Safe 4 Kids website.


Episode #11 Interview with Jenny Walsh

Jenny Walsh has been working the field of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) both in Australia and internationally for over 25 years. Jenny is a former senior member of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. She has authored resources and curriculum such as Catching on Early and Catching on Later which have been used by teachers to deliver RSE curriculum.

In this episode we ask Jenny what has changed and what has stayed the same in Relationships and Sexuality Education.


Episode #10 Interview with Chris Fisher on the 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health.

In this episode, Anne chats to the Associate Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, Chris Fisher.

Chris provides a great summary of his findings within his recent national research survey about the sexual health knowledge and sexual behaviours of Australian students in grades 10 to 12.

Review the findings here: 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2019.


Episode #9 Cognitive Disability and Puberty

In this episode, Anne speaks to Kardie for the Schools and Community team at FPV. Kardie works with young people with cognitive disability to help guide them through puberty and having respectful relationships. We talk about what young people with cognitive disability need to know about puberty, when they need to know it and how this is the same and different to their neuro-typical peers.


Episode #8 What is Masturbation?

Parents and carers often have questions about how much interest young people might have in masturbation and what they should say about it.

Anne has recorded this episode on her own.


Episode #7 What is sex?

In this episode, Athi and Anne discuss how to talk about sex with young people. Talking about sex is something that is part of our classes from mid primary school alongside discussions of puberty. Parents and carers might find it difficult to know what to say. Athi shares some wisdom to help start or continue these conversations at home.


Episode #6 Periods

This episode about periods is part of a series about puberty.

FPV Schools Education Manager Bonnie talks through the really common questions that young people have about periods. How they work, myths and realities, talking about and managing periods.


Episode #5 Sperm Production

This discussion about sperm production is part of a series on puberty.

FPV Schools Educator Rael explains what we would say to students about bodies starting to produce sperm sometime during puberty.


Episode #4 Body Image and Puberty

This episode about young people and body image is part of a series on puberty.

As young people go through puberty, their body is likely to go through some big changes. In this episode FPV Schools educator Andrea will talk about how to support your young person to feel good about the body they are in as they navigate these changes.


Episode #3 Taking care of your body

As a young person goes through puberty they are likely to want more independence privacy. They will need to understand the basics of how bodies work and how to manage changes like body odour and pimples.

In this episode family planning Victoria Schools Educator Sue talks about what young people need to know about taking care of their own body.


Episode #2 What is Puberty?

FPV Schools educators Anne & Bonnie discuss puberty. What do young people want to know? When do parents / carers need to talk about this? What are the changes that happen in puberty? These are really common questions that we will answer in this episode.


Episode #1 Welcome to Doing 'IT'

Introducing Doing 'IT'. A new and exciting podcast from Family Planning Victoria Schools Education Team.

Listen to the experts as we discuss all things Relationships and Sexuality Education. Including: bodies; growing up; being safe; puberty; sex; identity; relationships; sexuality & sexual health.

We know some parents / carers find it difficult to have conversations about these topics with the young people in their lives. Having open honest communication is going to empower young people to look after themselves in life and relationships.

Doing ‘IT’ will provide tips and resources to help parents / carers and teachers in starting or continuing these conversations.