Dr Tessa Opie is the founder and director of inyourskin® and is an advocate for healthy and consenting relationships. She has extensive experience in education delivery and training facilitation. Tessa 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. Tessa works as an expert consultant for several Education Departments including, the South Australian Department of Education.
Tessa’s approach is sex-positive, evidence-based, and harm reduction focused. It requires participants to actively consider their relationship values, attitudes, and expectations, in a social climate that feeds us often misleading messages about sex and relationships.
In 2018, Tessa 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.
In 2019, Tessa worked as a consultant for a 4-part SBS series, The Hunting.
In 2021, Tessa was involved in the National Health and Physical Education Curriculum Leaders Forum, presenting her work on sexual health and safety in the context of consent education.
Jana Gomes (she/her) joined inyourskin® in 2021 and comes onboard with a background in psychology, sexology and sexual health. Jana is an advocate for mutually safe and consenting relationships and is an experienced sexuality educator.
In 2021, Jana collaborated with Flinders University on a project which explores relationships and sexuality education delivery to students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Jana is the State Secretary for the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd (SA/NT Branch).