• 18 Aug 2015 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mental Health - Give some time for well-being research
    • Survey
    • Book Blog - Fundraising and Communications Intern Kate Cherven reviews Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius.
    • Latest News including funding opportunity
    • New NZ research & resources 

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    For more information go to: http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/

  • 12 Aug 2015 7:48 PM | Janine Ryland

    NZ Aids Foundation 11th August 2015:

    The LYC website has been re-developed into a one-stop-shop for young gay and bisexual men, offering highly relevant and media-rich sexual health information.

    Appropriate sexual education for young gay and bisexual men is non-existent in many New Zealand high schools, and the LYC website is designed to fill this void. Research tells us that, in the absence of relevant sexual education at school or at home, these young men are turning to the internet to learn about gay sex. Internet searches on mobile devices are an easy way to discreetly seek out such information – unfortunately this also means the sources are often porn, which isn’t always the healthiest or safest means of being educated.

    Recognising that mobile is the primary device being used for accessing this knowledge, the new website has been designed first for mobile, with tablet and desktop versions being adapted from the mobile version. 

    The new LYC website, designed by Pitch Studio, pushes the educational value of the previous site even further, with greater engagement and a cutting-edge design. It gives gay and bisexual men what they need to equip themselves to be safe, with highly engaging imagery and videos. 

    Key elements are the instructional videos featuring real men, with topics such as how to have anal sex and how to put on a condom. These instructional videos are being viewed by 40 people per hour. Research shows that young gay and bisexual men respond well to real-world resources such as these.

    The new website also includes relevant content for high-risk gay and bisexual men, with the popular ask a sexpert section answering visitors’ questions about HIV, undetectable viral load and PrEP.

    LYC is for all gay and bisexual men, regardless of culture or background. However, we recognise that the voices and experiences of ethnic minorities can sometimes lack visibility in the gay community so the new website includes news, events and blogs that reflect our diverse Takatāpui, Pacific Island and Asian communities.

    Novel methods to promote condom use for anal sex as a normal behaviour for young gay and bisexual men are needed now more than ever. For such HIV prevention resources to be successful, they must reflect the wants and needs of the target audience – something that has been front-of-mind in the development of the new website.

    Check it out at www.loveyourcondom.co.nz!

    Source: https://www.nzaf.org.nz/news-and-media/news/lycplugs-the-gaps-in-sexual-health-education/

  • 11 Aug 2015 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora FANNZ

    A few items to keep you up to speed as FASD Awareness Day on 9th September approaches.  What do you have planned? 


    To mark September 9th FASD Awareness Day, join with Alcohol Healthwatch and the University of Auckland Centre for Addiction Research at the FASD Research and Policy Forum.  RSVP is essential.  For further details and to register…


    FASD and Parenting Workshop

    On September 10th those caring for a child, adolescent or adult with FASD are invited to attend an FASD Parenting Workshop in Albany Auckland. RSVP is essential. For registration details…


    FASD Seminars with UK’s Dr Carolyn Blackburn Seminars

    On September 16th in Auckland and 17th in Hamilton Dr Blackburn will address the social and educational implications of prenatal exposure to alcohol and other substances.   Find out more...



    FASD and poor support discussed on National  Nine to Noon yesterday

    Families and FASD experts want it to be classed as a disability so that services to diagnose and treat it, are better aligned and funded. The Radio NZ Nine to Noon National Programme, features caregivers with two fostered children with FASD and FASD consultant Dr Kerryn Bagley  

    Listen to the 23 minute discussion…__


    Alcohol and pregnancy campaign discussed at GP conference

    Watch the Interview on Youtube

    To learn more about the HPA’s Don’t know? Don’t Drink’ Campaign go to www.alcoholpregnancy.org


    Justice for FASD

    This Attitude Pictures MiniDoc aired on TV One last month   

    Watch the full episode now!  http://attitudelive.com/documentary/justice-fasd

    Ka kite ano

    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator


    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

  • 11 Aug 2015 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Taming Terrifying Topics is the name of one of our Health Promotion courses. Subtitled teaching pleasure within a sex positive sexuality education programme, the course was thrown into the public spotlight earlier this month when it was discussed at a teaching conference. 

    Thinking and teaching about sex from a pleasure perspective has been part of our work for close to a decade. Pleasure is part of what people, young and old, hope to experience when they have sex - a positive belief and high expectations are what we want for young people. 

    In this issue: 

    Open link to download newsletter: Family Planning E-News Update July 2015 (55.3 KB).msg

    Family Planning specialises in sexual and reproductive health - clinical services • education • health promotion • research • professional training

    Visit our website | www.familyplanning.org.nz

  • 11 Aug 2015 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Information Briefing is produced bimonthly by Family Planning Library. It contains synopses of recently published articles related to sexual and reproductive health, links to useful and educational websites, details of upcoming events and conferences and new materials received in the Family Planning Library.

    This issue includes new local research exploring barriers to accessing cervical screening for Pacific women in New Zealand and an Australian study on cancer risk factors for sexual minority women.   

    We also bring you studies reviewing interventions to increase female condom use, pharmacy prescribing in Canada and how a sample of the Australian population feel about LARCs. 

    Contact the Librarian for further information 

    In this issue:

    Open link to download newsletter: Family Planning Information Briefing July 2015 (50.6 KB).msg

    Family Planning specialises in sexual and reproductive health - clinical services • education • health promotion • research • professional training

    Visit our website | www.familyplanning.org.nz

  • 11 Aug 2015 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    International Youth Day: August 12, 2015
    The 2015 International Youth Day theme is Youth Civic Engagement. Youth Civic Engagement is the main goal of the UN’s System-Wide Action Plan on Youth, which seeks to promote young people’s effective inclusive civic engagement. Recently there has been more focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organizations, youth advocates, researchers, and young people. (The Lancet Youth, 8/4)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Studying Deterrence Among High-Risk Adolescents
    The Pathways to Desistance study followed more than 1,300 serious juvenile offenders for 7 years after their conviction. The authors present some key findings on the link between perceptions of the threat of sanctions and deterrence from crime among serious adolescent offenders. They also found there was no meaningful reduction in offending or arrests in response to more severe punishment. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 8/5)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    FOMO Is Making Teens Terrible Drivers
    A new study goes beyond bad behaviors of texting while driving to investigate the motivations behind them. When it comes to teen drivers at least, it appears the culprit is an ascendant cultural plague: FOMO or the fear of missing out. Teen drivers said they feel pressure to respond immediately to texts even while driving and that they can’t help but peek at their phones when notifications pop up in their apps. (Time, 8/4)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A New Type of ADHD? Head Injuries in Children Linked to Long-Term Attention Problems Children who suffer an injury to the brain, even a minor one, are more likely to experience attention issues, according to a recent study. Researchers looked at children, ages 6 to 13, who suffered from traumatic brain injuries ranging from a concussion to losing consciousness. They found that those with TBI had more lapses in attention and issues, such as anxiety, a tendency to internalize their problems and slower processing speed. (The Washington Post, 8/3)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Obese Kids a Universal Target for Bullies “Being fat” is seen as the most common reason why children are bullied, a new study reveals. Schools should raise awareness about, and take more action to reduce, weight-related bullying, according to 75-87% of the 2,800 adults survived.  About three-quarters of the respondents said governments should strengthen existing anti-bullying laws to include measures to combat weight-related bullying. (HealthDay News, 8/2)

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