Apr 08
Youth Week 2016 - Raising Awareness Of Sexual Health For Young People

Youth Week 2016 – Introducing Hump Day

Raising awareness of sexual health for young people

NSW Health has partnered with the Department of Family and Community Services to promote sexual health for young people during Youth Week, through the introduction of Hump Day.

As part of Youth Week 2016 (8–17 April), NSW Health is launching Hump Day on Wednesday 13 April. Hump Day aims to create a focus on sexual health and increase condom use by engaging young people around this important health issue in a fun and positive way.

Young people aged 15-29 years have the highest rates of Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) notifications in NSW. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STI notification with over 16,000 notifications of chlamydia in young people in NSW in 2015.

NSW Health has partnered with HERO Condoms for Youth Week to launch the HERO Condom Couture competition aiming to reduce the stigma around condoms. This fashion design competition gives young people the chance to win tickets to Fashion Week Sydney by creating fashion items out of condoms. To enter, simply email a photo of your design to David.Worsley@health.nsw.gov.au. Visit www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au/sexual-health  for more information.

Western NSW LHD will be supporting a range of events and activities promoting sexual health messages to young people throughout Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett Shires. These include information and games tents at the Dubbo ROAR festival on Saturday, 9 April and the Walgett Big Day Out on 13 April.

Kim Grant, Sexual Health CNC for Western NSW LHD said sexual health is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of being a healthy young person. 

“STI rates, especially Chlamydia, are extremely high among young people. Youth Week provides an opportunity to work with young people and educate them on the importance of sexual health and where they can receive confidential, advice and STI testing locally,” said Miss Grant.

For more information on sexual health services across Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Bourke, Brewarrina, and Walgett LGAs, contact Kim Grant on 0477 718 116, visit the Dubbo/Orange Sexual Health Facebook page, or visit the Play Safe site www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au.