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Family Planning free training

February 12, 2021 at 1:04 PM

From Family Planning 

If training or professional development is on your agenda for the New Year, check out the courses we're offering in 2021.

For education staff, our free courses in support of the Navigating the Journey resources get underway in March. We’ve got courses in Kerikeri, Te Kuiti, Kaikoura, Invercargill and just about everywhere in between. Did we mention the courses are free? We’ve got online courses too for parents and for people working with young people.

If you're after specialist training, three courses – part of the new National Contraception Training Service – went live just before Christmas. Each is available online so you can study in your own time. The courses are linked to the new New Zealand Aotearoa’s guidance on contraception.

Bookmark our courses page to stay up-to-date with the courses we’re offering in 2021.

Ngā mihi nui,

Family Planning


Tips for schools: community consultation and health education
All schools in New Zealand are required to consult with their school community on the delivery of their health education programme every two years. Learning about relationships and sexuality is part of the New Zealand Curriculum and is one aspect of health education (within the Health and Physical Education learning area).

This does not need to be a daunting exercise. We have published some useful tips to help you plan community consultation around the delivery of your health education programme.

Read our tips

You may recall in September last year the Ministry of Education released new Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) guidance for principals, leaders and Boards of Trustees. We offer a 30 minute online course that covers changes to the Relationships and Sexuality guidelines, free for all school teachers, school leaders and Boards of Trustees.

Enroll for this course


Relationships and sexuality education (RSE) support

We support the delivery of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) for:

  • schools
  • alternative education settings
  • learning support classes
  • teenage parent groups
  • independent training organisations
  • community groups and agencies.

We also provide age-appropriate teaching resources, developed in line with the New Zealand Health and Physical Education Curriculum.


Professional and learning development workshops

We offer Health Promotion and Education workshops on all non-clinical aspects of relationships and sexuality for teachers, guidance counsellors, school nurses, community workers, parents/caregivers and whānau.

Workshops for education staff and community workers include topics such as:

  • comprehensive and holistic sexuality education, including use of our teaching resources 
  • safer sex and sexual responsibility, including consent
  • relationships education including emotional literacy and assertive communication
  • alcohol, drugs and sex
  • working with people with diverse sexes, sexualities and genders
  • working with young people with additional learning needs.

Workshops for parents and caregivers include topics such as:

  • talking with children about sex, sexuality and puberty 
  • safer sex, including consent
  • relationships
  • alcohol, drugs and sex
  • gender and sexual diversity.

Courses can also be tailored for your community or group needs. For example, they can be specifically for parents and caregivers of young people with disabilities, for religious groups or for young/teen parents.

Contact our health promotion team for more information about our health promotion courses.

Contact your local health promoter


One-on-one online or phone consultations

We can support you to deliver effective, quality programmes covering relationships and sexuality education (RSE). We offer free, one-on-one online or phone consultations for principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, school nurses, youth and community workers.

We can help with: 

  • support for programme development
  • strategies for effective teaching and learning
  • tools and resources for teaching and assessment
  • advice and support for creating safe, health promoting environments
  • communicating with parents and whānau 
  • professional learning and development opportunities for staff.

Ask for an online or phone consultation


FREE Relationships and Sexuality Education courses

Our Navigating the Journey of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) courses begin in March. They focus on utilising the Navigating the Journey resources to raise the confidence of any teachers of educators who are working with rangatahi around relationships and sexuality. Our health promoters run these courses, both in-person and online. Find a course in your area:

Contact our health promotion team for more information about our health promotion courses.

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Keep Safe kit - Kia Haumaru

Keep Safe is a contraceptive and STI teaching kit designed for use with adults and young people over the age of 14 years. You can purchase the kit through our web shop.

Keep Safe helps people to:

  • gain accurate information about safer sex and contraceptive methods
  • discuss contraception
  • see and handle contraceptives
  • consider issues about contraception and safer sex in their relationships
  • learn about how STIs are spread
  • learn how to avoid STIs and how to treat them.

The kit can be used in both group and individual situations by educators, health and community workers, secondary school teachers and counsellors.

Buy now


Reproductive anatomy A2 poster set 

Our A2 reproductive anatomy posters are created for use when teaching about anatomy, contraception and other topics. They include both English and te reo Māori descriptions.

Buy now

Free youth pamphlets

We have updated three of our free youth pamphlets and they are available in hard copy or to download. 

Youth pamphlet - Contraception

This pamphlet compares contraceptive options – from the most to least effective, and has information and options on Emergency Contraception. This pamphlet has been written for young people aged from 15 to 17 years old.

Youth pamphlet - STIs and Condoms

A pamphlet with information on both sexually transmissible infections (STIs), and condoms. This pamphlet has been written for young people aged from 14 to 17 years old.

Youth pamphlet - Just About

A pamphlet on topics from your rights, love and relationships to contraception options. This pamphlet has been written for young people aged from14 to 17 years old.

See more resources

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