New CCHEP Youth Sexual Health Resources Launched
A new Indigenous youth sexual health education package was launched yesterday in Alice Springs.
The package of resources is part of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ Community Health Education Program (‘CCHEP’).
The CCHEP Program has been delivering holistic sexual health education to young Indigenous women living in and around Central Australia since 1998 and to young males since 2011.
CCHEP coordinator Donna Lemon says that the program has provided an insight into the way that sex education has changed.
“The CCHEP program provides awareness and basic holistic sexual health education to young people in our local schools,” Ms Lemon explained. “We also run educator training four times a year to enable community-based workers, such as Aboriginal health practitioners and teachers, to confidently deliver the program to their own target groups.”
More than 50 people attended the launch, including representatives from the Congress Board of Directors and senior management, the NT Department of Health, Aboriginal health practitioners, schools and other local health agencies. Indigenous media outlet CAAMA were also in attendance.
The packages were officially unveiled by Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee on behalf of the Board of Directors.