Dr Tessa Opie is the founder and director of in your skin® 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’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.
This year, Tessa has been involved in the 2021 National Health and Physical Education Curriculum Leaders Forum, presenting her work on sexual health and safety in the context of consent education.
Tessa is the President of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd (SA/NT Branch), and a member of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health Ltd.