Sexual Communication and Sexual Consent: New Challenges and Directions

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Tuesday 12 September 2023 09:00 am until Tuesday 12 September 2023 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Andrea Waling
Presented by:
M-Sex program, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
Type of Event:
Forum/symposium; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

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About this forum

In recent decades, we have witnessed magnificent strides in improving society’s understanding of consent, and how people can navigate their experiences with care for self and for others, to support consensual, affirming and pleasurable sexual and romantic relationships. As we implement new learning, we develop a nuanced understanding of what really works and what the barriers are to empowered and informed sexual consent practices. In this forum researchers present research addressing important questions:

  • What does new research tell us about gaps in our thinking on sexual consent and sexual communication?
  • How might different groups, practices, or spaces and places challenge us to rethink our current approaches to sexual communication and sexual consent?

This one-day forum is a space for anyone interested in this topic – including those in social care, physical, sexual and mental health, youth and family, justice and legal, sexual and family violence, research and education – to learn about cutting edge research, and to consider implications for practice, advocacy and policy-making.


  • To gain insight into research happening in Australia and internationally regarding various sexual practices, groups, and spaces
  • To consider potential implications of this research for current programs, health promotion, and advocacy work


The forum will include research and practice presentations from:

And will explore topics including:

  • Representations of consent in social media
  • L´╗┐ived experiences in navigating sexual encounters
  • L´╗┐egal considerations of sexual consent
  • S´╗┐exual communication and sexual consent in sexual play spaces
  • L´╗┐earning about sex and pleasure
  • R´╗┐efugee and migrant experiences of sexual health, communication, and consent
  • D´╗┐igital understandings of sexual communication and sexual consent

After the forum

A summary of all presentations will be made available to all participants, including a brief anonymised summary of participant discussions on implications of the research. This brief will support participants to consider whether and how this research may be used by their organisation.

To participate

P´╗┐lease register using the eventbrite ticket option, and make sure to list any dietary requirements! Registration is free, but spaces are limited!

In Person

T´╗┐his is an in-person event.

A´╗┐bout ARCSHS

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) based at La Trobe University conducts world-class research and education on the social dimensions of sexuality, gender, health and human relationships. We work collaboratively with other researchers, communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals to advance knowledge and promote positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives, by advancing new knowledge and learning, maximising research impact and enhancing our capacity for world-class research.

For more information, please visit

A´╗┐bout M-SEX

M-SEX is a 3-year program of research that focuses on cisgender, heterosexual men's experiences of their bodies, desires, sexuality and sexual practices, and their health and well-being. M-SEX is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2020-2023).

F´╗┐or more information about M-SEX, including recent outputs, please visit

O´╗┐ther related projects

T´╗┐echSex ( aims to enhance knowledge and explore important implications of new digital, mechanical and medical technologies that are transforming the sexual lives of many Australians. This project receives funding from the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Scheme (DP190102027, 2019-2022)

S´╗┐exual Health Promotion and Education Research (SHPER) ( is a program of research focusing on the sexual health and wellbeing of people residing in Australia. It is lead by a team of researchers who work in multi-disciplinary spaces of public health, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, social work, and education.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get to the event?

Public transport is the easiest way to get to this event. Tram #Stop 5 Collins/Elizabeth St is the closest tram, or participants can walk up from Flinders St station.

Is there parking if I drive in?

Participants who drive in may need to locate on the street or nearby parking garages as there is no available parking.

How much does it cost?

This event is free.

Will there be food?

Yes food and drinks will be provided. Please make sure to indicate your dietary requirements in the registration page

Will the event be hosted online?

No, this event will run in person only. However, recordings of the talks will be made available subject to consent from speakers

Is the event mobility friendly?

The event is located on the second floor of the building via elevator, with even, flat floors and accessible washrooms on this floor.

Are there any content warnings or material I may be concerned about?

As the event is discussing sexual communication and sexual consent, this means presentations may include discussions of sex and sexual practices, and sexual violence.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please get in touch with Dr Andrea Waling at or visit our website

La Trobe City Campus, Level 2/360 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000



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