Two new and important pieces of Government legislation have been released that will help to guide the future of RSE within schools across Victoria.
The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015–2019 has identified improving sexual and reproductive health as one of its core objectives. The plan states:
‘through Education State, the Victorian Government is building an education system that produces excellence and reduces the impact of disadvantage. As part of this, the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health and Human Services are aligning policies, workforces and resources to deliver improved outcomes for children.’ (State of Victoria, October, 2016., p. 7)
Additional to this, Victoria’s first-ever women’s sexual and reproductive health strategy and priority action plan Women’s sexual and reproductive health: key priorities 2017–2020 has been released.
This reports that:
- ‘Sexual and reproductive health is about wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease.
- Sexual and reproductive health involves respect, safety and freedom from discrimination and violence.
- Sexual and reproductive health depends on the fulfilment of human rights.
- Sexual and reproductive health is relevant throughout people’s lifespan, not only for people in their reproductive years, but also for people who are young or are older.
- Sexual and reproductive health is critically influenced by sex and gender norms, roles, expectations and power dynamics.
- Sexual and reproductive health is expressed through diverse sexualities and forms of sexual expression.’ (State of Victoria D. o., March, 2017., p. 2)
Both of these pieces of legislation will help to ensure that RSE remains an important and vital part of Victorian students’ education.
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