Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

Keeping it real: Relationships and sex education

Learn how to support people with disability in conversations about relationships and sexuality at home, at school and in the workplace.

Societal attitudes have failed to acknowledge that people with a disability are sexual beings. They have the same rights to sexual expression, education, and health as people without a disability. Yet, people with disability have traditionally not had access to information about sexuality. Their differing needs for sex education have also been widely overlooked.

People with disability face many challenges regarding their sexuality and relationships. But, as Tim will show us, these challenges aren’t inherently due to their disability. The root of these challenges reveals a broader social lack of clarity and consistency about these topics.

In this presentation, Tim will share ways we can support people with disability in conversations about relationships and sexuality at home, at school and in the workplace. He’ll also explain how to access health information and education that is meaningful and relevant.

About Tim Bavinton

Portrait of Tim Bavinton

Tim Bavinton is a youth worker, teacher and community educator, and manager by training. He is currently the Executive Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT). Before this, Tim established Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA) in the ACT under the auspice of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.

Tim’s professional interests include

  • youth health
  • prevention of sexual violence, and
  • the role of education for personal and community empowerment.

Tim’s personal interests include history, languages, good food, wine and coffee, and being a dad.