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You can ask that. An open conversation on sex and sexual health

12 September 2022

Sex can be complicated, but help is here: join our online chats where ‘You CAN ask that!’

What’s the difference between a ‘rod’ and an ‘IUD’? Should you keep condoms in your wallet?

Is it legal to send and receive nudes if you’re in a relationship? And can you have consensual sex if your partner is affected by drugs or alcohol?

Yikes, there’s some tricky issues there. Sex can be amazing, but there’s no doubt it’s often complicated and brings with it a whole lot of questions. It’s completely natural to feel embarrassed or intimidated, especially if you don’t have a trusted person to confide in.

If you’d like to feel more informed and confident about this part of your life, join us for You CAN ask that, a frank and fearless chat about all things sex and sexual health. Nothing is off limits in this safe and judgement-free space.

With so much to discuss, we’re holding two You CAN ask that sessions on consecutive days. Attend one or both to learn about some important topics and ask any questions you have.

Session one: STIs and contraception
The best sex is safe sex! Contraception is a very personal issue, and we’ll break it all down so you can understand the various options and work out what’s best for you. We’ll also discuss the different types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), testing and treatment, and how you can best protect your health.

Hosted by nurses from the Deakin Medical Centre and a special guest speaker from Sexual Health Victoria, leaders in sexual health care, education and advocacy.

When: Monday 19 September, 2–3pm
Register now.

Session two: Sex and the law (consent)
Sex isn’t just physical – there’s moral and ethical issues to consider too. It’s so important that you understand how consent actually works and know what your legal rights and responsibilities are. We’ll explain it all in simple terms that you can apply in real-life situations.

Hosted by Dr Bianca Klettke, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, and a guest speaker from Elephant Ed, who deliver fun and engaging sex education workshops.

When: Tuesday 20 September, 2–3pm
Register now.

How to keep looking after your sexual health

We encourage you to have a free and confidential sexual health check at the Deakin Medical Centre – ask about contraception; get screened and treated for an STI; and access pregnancy counselling, support and referrals. You’ll be in a safe space where you can ask questions and make informed decisions that are right for you.

If you’d like some advice, make a free appointment with a qualified Deakin counsellor or access our Student Assistance Program if you’re based overseas. You could also try our online Ask Counselling service or download the DeakinWELLBEING app.

Safer Community is Deakin’s central point of contact for reports and disclosures of sexual harm and family violence. Our staff are trained to support anyone who has experienced sexual harm. We also encourage you to complete the Respect at Deakin module, a short online unit that includes topics like the importance of consent and what makes a healthy relationship.

There’s also a range of community organisations with fantastic websites full of resources and advice on sex and relationships, in English and other languages. Sexual Health Victoria’s website and YouTube channel have heaps of sexual health info. You can find other great resources at and the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual harm or family violence, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Deakin’s Safer Community service. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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