I am not the only one – a workshop on best practice for sexual health peer education program

Mr Priyadi Prihaswan1, Mr Tim Chen2, Ms Belinda Meggit3, Ms Rochelle Avasalu4

1HIV and Related Programs Unit, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia, 2ACON, Sydney, Australia, 3UNSW Student Health and Wellbeing, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 4NSW STI Programs Unit, Sydney, Australia

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about best practice for running sexual health peer education program for young people and explore strategies to engage with students around sexual health, recognising cultural factors, issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity and unique pressures facing international students.

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand sexual health issues affecting international students.
  • Identify essential elements in sexual health peer education program.
  • Understand sexual health issues affecting gay international students.
  • Apply communication processes to engage gay international students in conversations around sexual health.
  • Refer students to appropriate sexual health information and services.


Priyadi has been working at the HIV/AIDS and Related Programs Unit, SESLHD as a health promotion officer for over 9 years. In his current role he is involved in a number of HIV, sexual health and viral hepatitis health promotion programs reaching diverse populations. He holds a Master of Public Health.

Tim Chen is the community health promotion (Asian gay men) and runs Asian gay men’s project at ACON. This project helps gay men from Asian cultural backgrounds take control of their health by providing a range of workshops, resources and events.

Belinda is the Health Promotion, Team Lead at UNSW. Belinda commenced this role having previously worked in the domestic and international HIV sector for over three years.  She holds a Masters of Public Health and has over 10 years experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.