The Education Unit provides education sessions around sexuality and safer sex topics to various community organisations. Workshops are carried out with a variety of community groups which include health professionals, alcohol and drug programmes, mental health programmes and tertiary service providers and their students.
The education unit also provides health promotion focused support at community events. The key aim of attending events is to promote condom use and access, normalise regular sexual health check-ups and raise awareness of STIs and the services offered by ASHS. If you know of an event that you think would be good for us to attend, please contact us.
The Education Unit offer community testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea (in conjunction with the clinical support) at community events targeting our priority populations. Community testing can be delivered in conjunction with an education session or as a standalone event and increases access and normalises the importance of regular sexual health check-ups. We currently deliver community testing at a range of venues and events including tertiary education providers, trade training programmes, Big Gay Out and Look Up. If you would like to find out more about community testing and what it involves, please contact us.
The Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP) is a school based programme which is delivered in secondary schools throughout the Auckland region and is about helping students to be able to make informed decisions about their own sexual health.
PSSP aims to formalise already existing networks through training students to work in a support and referral role with their peers. The training involves a five day experiential, residential hui in which students explore their own attitudes and values in relation to sexuality and sexual health as well as those of others. They do this through workshop presentations on a range of topics where the students are provided with accurate information and access to resources which they can then use to assist others in their communities when they return to school.
The delivery of PSSP in school communities is youth lead and run. Therefore, the youth leaders within schools work alongside school staff and ASHS staff to identify and design health promotions or initiatives to meet their specific school community needs.