Safe sex, respectful relationships and consent

Safe sex

Sex is part of life and it’s important to consider your health and wellbeing when it comes to managing your sexual health, preventing an unwanted pregnancy as well as protecting yourself and others against sexually transmissible infections. The best way to protect yourself and others is to have safe sex.

Remember to always have some protection handy and be aware that alcohol and drugs can have an impact on your ability to make safe decisions.

What are Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)?

Sexually Transmissible Infections are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites and are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. They can infect many different parts of the body and often have no obvious symptoms.

Play it safe and use condoms. And if you are having anal sex, make sure you use a condom and water based lubricant.

See what could happen if you have unsafe sex:

Getting a Sexual Health Check

You may want to consider having a sexual health check for lots of reasons, particularly if:

For more information about getting a sexual health check, speak to your GP or visit the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.

Talk about it

It’s a good idea to talk first about safe sex early on in any relationship.

Lots of people plan on having safe sex particularly with a new partner, but find it hard to bring up the topic of condoms in the heat of the moment or may be worried about what the other person may think. The way you start the conversation will depend on the person and how well you know them.

Sex is meant to be something that makes you both feel good - see how you might bring the conversation up with your partner:

How can I protect myself and my partner?

Be honest with your partner, use protection and water-based lubricant.

For more information about contraception, visit the Better Health Channel website or speak to your GP about your options.

Supplies of condoms, lubricant and dams are available free at RMIT. To find out where to access them, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Respectful relationships and consent

Having sex should be a fun, safe and positive experience for you and the other person.

You and your partner need to be able to respect each other’s decision at all times, and remember that you or your partner can change your mind about what you are comfortable with. It’s ok to change your mind, and it’s ok for your partner to change their mind too.

If you decide to have any sexual activity, up to and including sex, remember:

  • there must be free agreement.  Both people must be agreeing without ignorance, pressure, coercion, threat or force

  • Do it safely with the use of condoms. Talking about, and using contraception is essential is any respectful sexual relationship.

If you are feeling uncomfortable, unsafe and concerned about threatening or unwanted behaviour, contact Safer Community.

Sexual Assault

If you have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, you can speak to a counsellor confidentially at CASA House - 9635 3610/1800 806 292

Unplanned pregnancy

When faced with an unplanned or unintended pregnancy, it can cause a lot of confusion and you may be unsure of what to do.

There are support services available for you to discuss your options confidentially.

For more information, support and advice, visit:

Family Planning Victoria

The Royal Women’s Hospital’s Unplanned Pregnancy Support services

More information

See a doctor

Click here for a list of doctors near RMIT.

Phone Nurse on Call
Free health advice from a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day
1300 60 60 24
Get a check

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
580 Swanston St, Melbourne
03 9341 6200
www.mshc.org.au or          http://testme.org.au/

 

Feeling unsafe or concerned

about your safety

Safer Community
email: safercommunity@rmit.edu.au

RUSU Compass - student welfare drop-in space: www.rusu.rmit.edu.au/compass

Related links:

Red Aware – Sexual health information

The Line – Do you know where to draw the line?

Reach Out – Sex and relationships

Centre Against Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence Resource Centre

 

Your sexuality

We are proud of our diverse student population – discrimination or bullying is not tolerated on any level.

RMIT is committed to building a culture of inclusion and diversity for all our staff and students.

RMIT strives to be a place where:

  • people from diverse genders, sexes and sexualities are recognised and welcomed

  • Students and staff are free to be themselves and bring their whole selves to work and study

  • Students can benefit from the diversity of our community.

RMIT University’s Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities’ Action Plan recognises the significant impacts of homophobic and transphobic attitudes and behaviour on young people and adults, and the importance of providing a work and study environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Download RMIT's Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities Action Plan (PDF 1.9MB 8p) or (Word 48KB 7p)   

Support on campus

If you would like to talk to someone about your sex, gender or sexuality, there are services on campus available for information and support:

If you have experienced any concerning, threatening or unwanted behaviour, contact Safer Community.

More information and support

Switchboard Victoria - a community based not for profit organisation that provides a peer based, volunteer run support service for LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies

QLife - a national counselling telephone and web support service for LGBTIQ people that provides information and support on a broad range of areas

Reach Out - information about sexuality and coming out

BeyondBlue - information about mental health and wellbeing

eHeadSpace - a phone and online support service for young LGBTIQ people

Condoms on campus

With the exception of abstinence, condoms are the least expensive and most available method of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

RMIT provides free condoms, lubricant and dental dams at different campus locations.

More information

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre 
Victoria’s largest specialist sexual health service
580 Swanston St Carlton VIC 3053
Phone 9341 6200

Family Planning Victoria
Drop in or appointment clinics offering sexual health, contraceptive and reproductive information, support and advice.
1800 013 952
Email: clinic@fpv.org.au

QV Medical One 
Free sexual health service in Melbourne’s CBD
Level 3, 23 QV Terrace Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone 8663 7000 (ask for an appointment with sexual health nurse)

Your Local General Practitioner For info on GPs near RMIT check our website.