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Indigenous adolescent sexuality education project



The Indigenous adolescent sexuality education project was developed to address the high pregnancy rates and high notification rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among young Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (NT). The aim of the project is two-fold: to empower young people to make healthy choices about their sexuality and personal relationships; and reduce the number of STIs and unplanned pregnancies among young people by encouraging positive behaviour change.

Community consultation meetings were held across the NT to identify the challenges faced by each community and to develop localised solutions to these challenges. This community development approach saw community members undertake training to become educators, delivering appropriate and culturally relevant sexuality education. It is envisaged that the project will improve access to sexual and reproductive health education for Indigenous adolescents and lead to a more consistent and coordinated approach to delivery of this education.


Northern Territory Department of Health
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8999 2400

Related publications

Borenstein M, Curran L, Fajardo E, Lubari E, Murid T (2013)

The Adolescent Sexuality Education Project – a NT innovation designed to improve the sexual health of young Aboriginal people.

NT Disease Control Bulletin; 20(2): 12-15


Last updated: 29 August 2013
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