The Aboriginal Sexual Health (ASH) Forum presented 'Yarning our way' on the 3rd & 4th May. There was a strong focus on youth this year, with participants learning about new resources and hearing from exciting guest speakers about sexual and gender diversity, resilience, overcoming shame, body image, and current STI/BBV issues for Aboriginal communities. The WA AIDS Council Health Promotion team attended the event, and Senior Health Promotion Officer Carley Robbins reflected on the experience below:
"WOW! The Aboriginal Sexual Health Forum 2017 was incredible, with two days packed with amazing, diverse speakers from all over Western Australia. It was set on the mighty Derbarl Yerrigan at Burswood on Swan, with SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters) hosting the forum. They did an excellent job, with lots of time for discussion and activities which was great! I learned so much in just two days - some of the highlights for me included hearing speakers 'talk real' about their work on the ground, sharing experiences of what worked and what didn’t work, which was extremely valuable. One of the key messages I took away from all the presenters was to make sexual health messaging literal and easy to understand, and that humour is always a great way to engage. Presenters also highlighted the importance of getting involved with engaging young people and family members in sports and fun activities as a way of being there for when they have questions about sexual health. I left the forum feeling truly inspired and excited to start implementing what I learned in my day to day work. Thanks so much to all the presenters and SHQ for organising the event, it was another amazing year!"