Include LGBTI issues, sexual health & HIV in the national HPE curriculum
  • Petitioned The Hon Peter Garrett MP

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Commonwealth Minister for School Education
The Hon Peter Garrett MP

Include LGBTI issues, sexual health & HIV in the national HPE curriculum

    1. Alastair Lawrie
    2. Petition by

      Alastair Lawrie

      Arncliffe, Australia

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released a draft national Health & Physical Education (HPE) curriculum in December 2012. It is now being considered in detail by the Commonwealth Minister for School Education, the Hon Peter Garrett MP, and his state and territory counterparts.

The draft curriculum does not even include the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI). Even though it acknowledges that “same sex attracted and gender diverse” students exist in all schools, it does not guarantee that each and every classroom will be inclusive of LGBTI students and their health and physical education needs. And it cannot, as it claims, “ensure teaching is inclusive and relevant to the lived experiences” of LGBTI students, if the document itself cannot even name them.

The draft curriculum only includes one line on detailed sexual health education, and it reads “investigating practices that support reproductive health and wellbeing”. This excludes same-sex sexual activity, ignoring many of the sexual health issues of LGBTI students (indeed, it excludes many heterosexual sexual activities as well), and does not guarantee that all students will learn what they need to prevent STI transmission.

Finally, the draft curriculum does not even include a single reference to HIV. While new treatments mean that the health outlooks of people living with HIV have significantly improved, an HIV diagnosis remains a serious thing. It is negligent for a national HPE curriculum to omit all mentions of HIV, therefore excluding important HIV prevention messages.

Please support this petition, to the Commonwealth School Education Minister and State and Territory Education Ministers, to help ensure the national Health and Physical Education curriculum includes, and caters for, the needs of LGBTI students in every classroom across Australia.

The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Commonwealth Minister for School Education
The national Health & Physical Education curriculum should be inclusive of, and provide for the needs of, all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students. It should include comprehensive sexual health education, covering more than just reproduction, and should explicitly refer to HIV.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Veronique Smith WARRANDYTE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is imperative now that we ensure the national HPE curriculum addresses all issues of health and varying sexual orientation to include all students, lessening feelings of isolation and judgement, which are so often already inherent in teenage years.

    • Anna Hepworth LEEMING, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Please give all of our kids the chance to feel that they are recognised by their society, that that don't have to hide to be 'safe'.

      • over 1 year ago

      yes yes yes !!!

    • Lauren Baker ALBURY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      being apart of the LGBTI community this is obviously important to me! but also it's common sense to provide as much information to as many people!

    • Ray Pinkerton AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I was same sex attracted from an early age. There was zero information on gay issues. Eventually, I chose to try conform to the heterosexual lifestyle. I married and had kids. Eventually, my anxiety and depression became so bad that I had a major depressive episode and became suicidal. This affected all around me. Is the suffering caused by lack of awareness worth the cost merely to pander to the churches views? Why is Australia so beholden to the vocal minority? Become a truely caring secular government and meet the needs of ALL citizens in its laws and teachings. Set an example that will show that every citizen is important.


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