Sexual health and relationships

Sexual health spans a range of aspects that can affect your physical and emotional health and wellbeing. These include relationships, sexuality, sexual contact and practices with another person, pregnancy and more.

Sexual relationships should be pleasurable and safe. They should not cause feelings of shame or fear. Sexual activities should not be forced; no one should be intimidated or pressured into any sexual activity in which they do not wish to engage.

The University is committed to providing all students access to information regarding their sexual health, and supportive sexual health services.

Wanna have sex? Consent Matters. Play by the rules

Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault, which is always a crime.

It isn’t enough to assume someone has given consent for sexual activity. It is essential that each person in a sexual encounter is sure that anyone else involved has given their full consent. The best way to make sure of this is to ask them.

All students at the University must complete the Consent Matters Module in Canvas by the end of your first term of study. The course is designed to help you understand how to seek consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can’t be given.

Learn more about Consent Matters

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Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) are easily transmitted during sexual contact, often show no symptoms, and are on the rise. Using condoms every time will help protect you and your partner from STIs. If you think you have an STI - don't panic. Make an appointment with a doctor. Get a check.

For more information on STIs and sexual health, visit the following websites for advice and information:

Getting an STI check is a good way to look after your and your partner's sexual health.

Sexual health checks are recommended:

  • Every 12 months or with change of partner
  • If you have unprotected sex
  • If the condom breaks

A sexual health check is a check-up by a health professional for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and other sexual health issues. It can provide you with the chance to discuss your sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.

Confidential and non-judgemental sexual health checks can be arranged at any of the following sexual health service providers

Pacific Clinic Hunter Street Newcastle

ACON Community Health Maitland Road Islington

Awabakal Health Service

University Health Service

Family Planning NSW Newcastle

Resources Access more sexual health resources Ally Network

Ally Network

The ALLY Network aims to create a more inclusive culture at the University by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer, asexual, agender, aromantic; + other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTIQA+) and their related issues.

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