The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for Years 7-10 (2015) was written by Jenny Walsh, with Anne Mitchell and Mandy Hudson of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University. The project was funded by the Australian Government. 

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Jenny Walsh is a former senior member of ARCSHS where she found ways to translate research into practice and has extensive experience in school-based relationships and sexuality education. She trains teachers, writes state and national primary and secondary schools curricula, advises on national health and education bodies, and makes resources for parents, teachers, children and health practitioners.

Emeritus Professor Anne Mitchell AO was a founding staff member of ARCSHS where she set up and managed the Community Liaison and Education Unit. She has also been part of the research team of national Secondary Students and Sexual Health surveys, and research with same sex attracted and gender diverse young people. Her work includes developing the national curriculum and support materials Talking Sexual Health. She was the inaugural Director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria and Deputy Chair of the inaugural Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee On Gay and Lesbian Health. 

Mandy Hudson has worked as a community educator with young people in and outside school settings, with teachers, student wellbeing staff and parents and care givers. Her work has focussed on health and wellbeing education including sexuality education and professional development training. Her work now includes Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid training to adults & young people so that they can better understand, support and respond to the mental health issues that might arise in a young peoples' lives.

Website development and social media advisor - Natalie Hendry (Deakin University)

Content development - Karyn Fulcher (La Trobe University) and Alina Golovanchenko.

Australian Curriculum advice: Janice Atkins



Executive producer and co-writer - Jenny Walsh

Creative director, Illustrator and co-writer - Michael Camilleri

Producer and co-writer - Sarah Gilligan


Producer (Years 9 & 10 films) - Carol Cumming


Voices (Years 7 & 8 films)- Laura Davies and Josh Earl

Voices (Years 9 & 10 films) - Michael Camilleri and Sarah Gilligan


Technical production (Years 7 & 8 films) - Thirdrow Films

Producer, sound design and editor - Nigel Karikari


Professional development videos

Executive producer - Mandy Hudson

Technical production - Split/Subject

Producer, sound design and editor - Darryl Ephraums



To our advisors: Sue Dimitrivich (WA Health Education Services); Jane Fientje (Shine SA); Nerida Matthews (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority); Nikki Mann (Department of Education, Tasmania); Debbie Ollis (Deakin University); Renee West (Department of Education and Communities NSW)

To Melton Secondary College teachers and students for their participation and feedback and desire to see good sex ed happen for all young people.

To the South Western Secondary School Nursing Program, especially Sheryn Mitrevics, for their support in reaching schools and students.

To teachers and community workers in Wodonga and the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health, Melbourne University, who gave their invaluable feedback.

To Roz Ward and Melanie Gaylard of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria for your generous feedback. 



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