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An action plan for the Bundaberg community

Griffith University researchers are working with young people in Bundaberg to deliver community-led action plans focused on reducing youth sexual violence and assault. Source: Griffith University

Griffith University is co-designing an Action Plan for Bundaberg that is focused on reducing youth sexual violence and abuse (YSVA).

Supported by the University of the Sunshine Coast, Social Marketing at Griffith is leading community efforts to design prevention strategies that will be rolled out in Bundaberg over the next two years.

“We are working with the community to design locally tailored prevention strategies that will build and promote healthy relationships for young people, strengthen online safety and reduce the risk of violence, sexual harassment and sexual abuse,” Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele said.

“We need the Bundaberg community to tell us what they want to see and there is one question that needs to be answered.”

Griffith University is encouraging the community to take the time to provide their feedback.

“We are reaching out to as many people as possible, and we encourage everyone to tell us what they want to see. This is a chance to have your voice heard” said Dr Carina Roemer.

Take part of the anonymous survey here.

The survey will close early in June 2021.

The Community-Led project

The project is one of three Queensland place-based initiatives funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Queensland Government), with others being delivered in Toowoomba and Yarrabah.

The Bundaberg project involves supporting young people and community stakeholders to develop their own solutions to address youth sexual violence and abuse.

Collaborating with young people and the Bundaberg community ensures that any strategies and subsequent programs are designed based on specific community needs and priorities.

“A unique feature of this project is that young people are actively involved, and they are expressing their ideas and opinions, as they work together to design their ideal solutions,” Dr Erin Hurley said.

Other stories: Bundaberg Regional Council and QUT form partnership

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