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Youth Connect Education Forum 2022

Education Forum on Respect, Consent and Wellbeing
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Keynote speakers

The Forum brings together thought leaders, who share their research, insights and strategies for contemporary respect, consent and wellbeing education for children and young people.

Who is it for?

School leaders, Wellbeing Coordinators, HPE Curriculum Teachers and Youth Workers.

Date and time:

Friday 23 September 2022
8:15 am – 3:30 pm ACST


Hectorville Sports and Community Club
31 Fisher Street
Magill, SA 5072
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Early Bird (before 8th July) – $170 + service fee
Full Price (after 8th July)  – $200 + service fee

Follow-Up webinars for attendees:


‘Respect and consent inclusions in the Australian Curriculum; HPE V9’.

  • 25th of October 2022 – 3:45 to 4:45 PM.

eSafety Commissioner –

‘Critical incidents – reporting and responding’.

  • 31st of October 2022 – 3:45 to 4:45 PM.


MC: Eloise Hall – co-founder of Taboo Period Products

Welcome to country: Robert ‘Kardi’ Taylor - Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Narungga man – Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services.

Lunch and morning tea included


Justin Coulson - 'Respect and Empathy - Creating strong, caring, whole adults'.

Founder of 'Happy Families'.

Dr. Justin Coulson is a co-host and parenting expert on Channel 9's "Parental Guidance", the founder of happyfamiles.com.au, and one of Australia’s most trusted parenting experts and authors.
Almost every school puts respect on the wall as a core value. Assemblies, newsletters, wellbeing talks, and more all remind students to be respectful. Yet respect feels like it is at an all-time low with our youth. Young people back-chat, have all the answers, and are often terribly unkind.

Deeper concerns around respect surface when conversations move to matters of sex and intimacy. Lack of respect leads to self-serving actions that too often cause harm to others, casting long shadows through the lives of those hurt by selfish sexual and emotional acts.

But there are ways that we can teach respect. There are opportunities for us to build a stronger, safer generation. There is potential for excellence in our young people when it comes to kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion.

In this presentation, Dr Justin Coulson will share psychological secrets to unlock young people's confidence and maturity, leading them to make respectful choices in their public and private relationships. Educators, leaders, parents, and people who work with young people will learn (or be reminded of) powerful strategies to build respect and respectful relationships in those youth we care so much about.

Dr. Tessa Opie - 'Healthy and Consenting Sex-Positive Relationships - understanding gendered stereotypes, coercion and power imbalances'.

Founder and director of inyourskin®

Dr. Tessa Opie is the founder and director of inyourskin® and an advocate for healthy and consenting relationships. She has extensive experience facilitating education and training across government, not-for-profit, and private sectors.

Nicky Sloss - 'Respectful relationships in an online context'

From eSafety Commissioner.

Nicky Sloss has more than 25 years of experience working alongside schools to create safe and supportive school environments. Nicky's focus in relation to a whole-school approach to online safety education includes respectful relationships, social and emotional learning, staff wellbeing, and cross-curricular collaboration.

Helen Connolly - 'Giving Children a Voice, in the classroom, at home and in the community'.

Commissioner for Children and Young People SA

Helen Connolly has 30 years of experience as a leader in human services. Helen has an active advocacy role on issues that impact the well-being of families and children, with a strong focus on early intervention and prevention strategies.