Dr Tessa Opie is the founder and director of in your skin® and is an advocate for healthy and consenting relationships among young people. She recently co-published a national position paper, as lead author, detailing comprehensive, evidence based sexuality and relationships education in Australian schools. She has also recently published a paper which considers the role of sex positive education in the prevention of sexual assault among high school students.
Tessa has extensive experience in education delivery and training facilitation. Tess has worked as an educator across the government, not-for-profit, and private sectors, and has ongoing experience as a guest lecturer at various universities. Tess has expertise in discussing and exploring sensitive topics with young people (including young adults), in a range of settings, including mainstream schools, alternative education, tertiary institutions, residential university colleges, juvenile justice facilities, and amateur and professional sporting associations, including the Australian Football League (AFL) and Port Power Community Ltd.
Tessa’s approach to working with young people is evidence-based, sex positive, and also harm reduction focused. It actively requires young people and young adults to consciously consider their relationship values, attitudes, and expectations, in a social climate that feeds us misleading and often harmful messages about sex and relationships. She believes that addressing these issues must involve robust and pragmatic discussions that critically explore the prevailing social climate. She also strongly believes in working with parents to see the value in, and outcomes of, an evidence-based approach and to consider the impact they have (both intentional and unintentional) on their children's sexual and relational templates.
in your skin® differs from competitors through a non-censorship approach and relevant discussions about sexuality and culture that are responsive to each target audience. The services offered by in your skin® encourage young people to make considered decisions about their behaviour and to develop a healthy and realistic sense of self and 'other'.
Tessa is the President of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd (SA/NT Branch), an Executive National Council Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd, and a member of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health Ltd. She recently worked as a consultant for a 4-part SBS series, The Hunting.
in your skin acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the traditional custodians of Australia and we pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present.