On Thursday June 15, the Positive Adolescent Sexual Health Consortium (PASH) will hold a free Community forum at Byron Bay Community Centre called Young People & Sexual Health in the Online Age – Understanding Technology, the Law and Social Media.

The evening will open with a Byron Youth Theatre performance “So…What about Sex?” and will be followed by an expert panel with professionals flying in from around the country.

Dr Joanne Orlando, Children & technology expert, UWS and Dr Deborah Bateson the Medical Director Family Planning NSW will feature on the panel alongside locally based Adolescent Psychologist Peter Chown, Media Educator Rebecca Asquith, Criminal Lawyer Tracey Randall and Youth and Parent Facilitator Sarah Davis.

Positive Adolescent Sexual Health (PASH) Consortium is a voluntary network of over 38 organisations with a mandate of youth health, safety and wellbeing, particularly targeting young people and families on the North Coast.

Programmed by a young people, youth workers and health experts, PASH 2017 will feature an extensive and engaging program of workshops, talks, multimedia and arts based platforms to develop skills and healthy behaviours around issues of sex, sexuality, sexual health, body image, sex and the law, bullying, homophobia, unplanned pregnancy, consent, where to get help, social media, sex and love online and healthy sexual boundaries.

Parents, teachers, carers, workers and young people are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held at the Byron Bay Community Centre. It will also be Facebook live streamed for those who can’t make it in person.

Community organisations can hold satellite events to watch the Facebook live stream if they would like to bring together people in their own communities.

Young people are encouraged to come along and share their perspectives with the broader community in regards to what they are experiencing online and what they see as the key issues and advantages to the online experience.

The evening forum will kick off at 6.30pm at Byron Bay Community Centre. Bookings are essential for catering purposes: register NOW at the PASH website www.pash.org.au or text on 0403076782.

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