Peer Education

Peer Education, what is it?

Peer education for young people is training up young people (Peer Educators) to teach other young people about STIs and BBVs, how to stay safe, and how to get tested.

Young people get information about health from a lot of different people. These can include doctors and health workers, parents and teachers.

The Young Deadly Free Peer Education Program involves using specially trained young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to pass on information to other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities. There are separate sessions for males and females.

This is a good model because our Peer Educators know what it is like to be a young person, and know how to talk to other young people in a way they will understand.

Shout out to Ceduna Youth Hub Productions for this deadly little animation, made as their community project, with art work by Anderson Willis!

The young people of Carnarvon produced this video for their community project. The video informs young people about ways to stay Young, Deadly and STI and BBV Free in Carnarvon, WA.

Peer Education Toolkit

Each of our trained Peer Educators has access to a Toolkit — a bag containing all the resources they need to run peer education sessions in their community. The kit includes activities to help young people understand how STIs and BBVs are spread, and the importance of getting tested and treated.

Anatomy

This activity explains the basics of the main male and female body parts involved in our sexual health to make understanding STIs and BBVs easier.

Contraception

This activity explains what contraception is (some people call it “birth control”), how it works, and where to get it from. It explains that contraception does not protect people from STIs.

STI Story

This activity, from SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters) in WA, is designed to reinforce understanding of STI risk, prevention and testing.

Testing

This activity explains what is involved in an STI and BBV check-up including tests taken, testing equipment, and standard sexual health assessment questions.

Free from BBVs

This activity explains the ways in which BBVs are transmitted and how to prevent BBV transmission.

Consent

This activity outlines the basic laws around sex.

How to Use Condoms

This activity explains how to use condoms correctly and the importance of consistent and correct condom use.

Myth Busters

This activity is designed to build understanding of BBV transmission, prevention, treatment and immunisation.

Where it’s happening

The Young, Deadly, Free Peer Education Program is being offered in participating Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in remote and very remote areas of South Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. This is a trial program funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health.

Click the map below to enlarge it and see where peer education is happening, more sites are still to be trained! Keep checking back for progress.

How to get involved

If you would like any further information about being involved in the Peer Educator Program contact your Regional Coordinator, or you can contact Associate Professor James Ward, the Project Leader on james.ward@sahmri.com.