Yarning Quiet Ways
Yarning Quiet Ways

In 2015, about 80 Aboriginal mums, dads, and carers yarned about how to help kids learn about strong, safe and healthy relationships. They said that they wanted a resource to help them talk to their kids about:

  • being boss of their bodies
  • changes in their bodies
  • saying ‘no’
  • safer sex
  • sex and the law
  • teenage pregnancy
  • protecting themselves online
  • respectful relationships.

Yarning Quiet Ways was developed to respond to this request. It is based on an existing resource called Talk Soon Talk Often (external site) but has been written and designed in a way that responds to what the Aboriginal parents and carers wanted. The quotes in this resource come from real Aboriginal parents and carers.

A hard copy of the book can be ordered by emailing shbbvp.gvh@health.wa.gov.au.

Two teenage Aboriginal girls laughing

Teachers and other educators can help young people grow into strong and confident adults. The information in this section is intended to provide educators with information and resources to assist them to deliver age- and culturally-appropriate relationships and sexuality education to young Aboriginal people.

A recent survey of young Aboriginal people in Australia (external site) found that the median age of first intercourse was 15 years. Rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) amongst young Aboriginal people are high. Lack of access to accurate information remains a barrier to the practise of safe sex behaviours.

The Western Australian Department of Health considers school-based sexuality and relationships education to be an important public health program.

Successful programs have been found to:

  • increase adolescents’ confidence and ability to make informed decisions
  • delay the onset of sexual activity
  • decrease the frequency of sexual intercourse
  • increase the use of contraceptives in adolescents who have decided to be sexually active
  • prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections among young people
  • provide additional opportunities for young people to learn about and discuss relationships and sexual health issues outside their homes.

Need help talking to your patients?

Health professional

Aboriginal health workers, nurses, and doctors play an essential public health role in the control of sexually transmissible infections. Early testing and treatment reduce the onward transmission of infection and minimise the risk of serious health complications. These pages bring together a range of resources to help you:

  • offer testing in culturally appropriate ways
  • find relevant clinical guidelines
  • improve your contact tracing skills
  • access training courses and online modules for professional development.


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