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Notice given 1 March 2006

Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 November 2006:

Sexual and reproductive health education in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) the current state of school based sex education, with reference to the effectiveness of current arrangements in ensuring that all students have access to developmentally appropriate, comprehensive, inclusive, evidence based and medically accurate information which encompasses:

(i) sexual development,

(ii) non-exploitive sexual relationships, and

(iii) reproductive health including the full range of contraceptive choices, safe sex practices and sexually transmitted infections (STIs);

(b) the importance of sex education in reducing unplanned pregnancies and abortions in Australia;

(c) the appropriate role and adequacy of training and support for teachers and school nurses providing sex education;

(d) the need for appropriate accountability mechanisms to ensure that sex education is consistent with good practice;

(e) the analysis of overseas sexuality and reproductive health education models and their potential application to the Australian context;

(f) the opportunities for current funding arrangements and agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments to better ensure access to comprehensive evidence based sexuality and reproductive health information;


 (g) the need for a national strategy for lifelong sexuality and health education, with adequate funding for general public information and education campaigns on existing services and new and emerging issues such as new forms of contraception and outbreaks of STIs;

(h) the role of school based sex education, within a national coordinated approach to the sexual and reproductive health of the Australian population;

(i) the development of national guidelines for preventative sexual and reproductive health care for young people by general practitioners and other primary care providers; and

(j) the examination of the potential of school based or school linked health centres for providing sexuality and reproductive health education and health care for young people.