National Sexual Health Awareness Week: Let's talk about Sex

  • Date

    Thu, 1 January 1970

  • Time

    09:00 - 20:30

  • Venue

    6 Kildare St

  • Format


  • Who Can Attend

    Young adults, members of the public, doctors and other healthcare professionals

  • Fee

    All events are free of charge

  • CPD Points

    All events are CPD accredited

Ireland's second National Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW) is taking place 12 - 14 November 2013 in RCPI.

The theme of this year’s SHAW is Communication and Sexual Health because honest, supportive and inclusive communication is vital when it comes to our sexual health and sexuality. Speakers at SHAW will talk about how to have effective and positive conversations about relationships and sexuality with children, partners, older people, caregivers and people with an intellectual disability, whether it’s at home or in a professional setting.

Some SHAW workshops for professionals will deal with sensitive issues, such as the sexual health and education needs of young people in care, practitioners’ obligations in reporting child protection concerns, and preventing sexual violence.

Below are just some of the SHAW events and workshops that are taking place. 

See full list of what's on during SHAW 2013 (PDF)

All events take place at RCPI, 6 Kildare St, Dublin 2, are CPD accredited and totally free of charge. Pre-registration is essential.

Please note, the following events are fully booked:

  • Communicating sexual health matters: Individuals mild/moderate Intellectual Disability
  • A holistic approach to sexual health promotion


Public Meeting - Let’s talk about sex: Communication and sexual health throughout our lives

Tuesday 12 November, 18:20 - 20:30

Chaired by broadcaster Ray D'Arcy, this public meeting explores the importance of good communication around sexual health from childhood to old age. Speakers are:

  • Mr David Coleman, clinical psychologist, broadcaster and author, giving a talk entitled, ‘But I only wanted to know where babies come from... - Communicating with young children about sex’
  • Dr Susan Rosenthal, Professor of Behavioral Medicine in Paediatrics and Psychiatry and researcher in the area of adolescent health and promotion of sexual health, giving a talk entitled 'Parents and Adolescents: Talking to Each Other about Sex'
  • Ms Deborah Mulvany, psychologist, broadcaster, giving a talk entitled 'Hold Me Tight: Adult Communication and Sexual Well-being'
  • Professor Agnes Higgins, Associate Professor in mental Health and Chair of the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing, on ‘Communicating about sexual health with Older Adults’

 This event is open to members of the public. A live webcast of this event will be available.


Clinical Update - Sexual Health and Communication

Wednesday 13 November, 5.00pm - 7.30pm

This is an educational event for doctors and healthcare professionals. Topics on the agenda include:

  • Attitudes, Behaviour and Practice in relation to Sexual Health among doctors

  • Sexual history taking: Why and how?

  • LGBT Communication – A Doctor’s Perspective

  • A Patient’s Perspective on communicating with Gay and Lesbian people.


SHAW Keynote Lecture: Reporting of Children Protection Concerns

Thursday 14 November, 14:00 - 15:00

The SHAW Keynote Lecture, Reporting of Children Protection Concerns: Helping Practitioners to Understand their Obligations, will be given by Jenny Bulbulia, Barrister at Law. Jenny Bulbulia is a barrister who works with agencies and organisations in devising child protection policies and learning programmes on the obligations that arise when working with children or child protection matters. She lectures on Children and the Law in Trinity College, Dublin and NUI Maynooth.


Sexual Health for Young Adults: What helps us make good decisions in our romantic lives?

Thursday 14 November, 16:30 - 18:00

Shortlisted entrants to our competition for Transition Year students will be invited to participate in this evening event for young adults. Students were invited to either write a 1,500 word essay or create an expression piece (artwork, song, short film, dance) on the subject "What helps us make good decisions in our romantic lives?"

Essay writers will be asked to read their essay aloud to the judging panel, while singers, musicians and dancers will be asked to perform their expression piece for the judges. Artists' entries will be on display for the duration of the event. The overall winner of the competition will be chosen on the night and presented with their prize.

16.30–19.00 Exhibition in Grave's Hall (All expression pieces)

17.00–18.00 Competition: Public Speaking Competition for essay writers

17.00–18.00 Competition: Alternative Expression Piece Competition for singers, artists, musicians and dancers


Related Links

Watch our Youtube Video of Dr Fiona Lyons, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at St James's Hospital, explaining what SHAW is all about.