Introducing the Play Safe Forum

The Play Safe website from NSW Health has just launched a new sexual health discussion forum for young people aged 15-29 years. The Play Safe Forum is a place where young people can anonymously submit questions to the resident sexual health expert, Nurse Nettie, as well as chat to their peers about sex, relationships and everything in between.

The Play Safe forum aims to demystify and destigmatise sex, sexual health and sexuality concerns, to help young people get the information they need to have safer sex. Through encouraging positive and open discussion between peers and sexual health professionals, Play Safe aims to increase condom use and testing for STIs.

Check out the Play Safe forum at and please promote the forum to your youth networks.


Play Safe Volunteers


Do you love online communities? Do you love talking about sex? Do you love educating and supporting others?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be interested in an exciting professional development opportunity.

NSW Health is looking for volunteers to help moderate a new, interactive, online community for people aged 15-29 to ask questions and receive information about safer sex, STIs, and contraceptives.

We’re looking for a few young men and women with excellent communication skills, who are comfortable talking about tough subjects, and a have a couple of hours to spare each week to apply to become volunteer moderators.

You’d be part of the community management team helping create a fun and safe space by:

  • responding to users
  • starting new conversations
  • hosting community events
  • approving, editing, or deleting user comments in line with the Community Guidelines

Your Commitment: As all Play Safe volunteers will receive ongoing training and mentoring, this opportunity is a 12-month commitment where you’ll be volunteering for a minimum of two hours and up to four hours per week.


To find out more and apply, grab your CV and references, and head over to or if you have any question give Gemma Hearnshaw a call on 02 9382 7528.


Youth Week 2016

Youth Week

Did you know…?

  • Approximately ¼ of Year 10, ⅓ of Year 11 and ½ of Year 12 students have had sexual intercourse?
  • Research shows that talking about sex does not encourage young people to experiment sexually.
  • Young people need balanced and accurate information that helps them to make informed choices rather than be pressured by others.
  • You can help by including sexual health activities in your Youth Week 2016 plans.

Sexual health activity ideas for Youth Week 2016

YOUTH WEEK Play Safe Activity Ideas.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

NSW Health Play Safe website | Congratulations | Best in Class Award for Education

Picture1The NSW Health Play Safe website has just been awarded the Best in Class award for Education, at the 2014 Interactive Media Awards. There were 240 entries submitted in the ‘Education’ category. These awards recognise the highest standards of excellence in website design and development. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of NSW Health in continuing to strive for innovative and advanced approaches to address health needs. Congratulations to Philter and all partners involved in the consultation, design and implementation of this fantastic sexual health resource for young people. We have also attached short update on the website to date.