You may consider that the best way of communicating your health messages in certain situations is by using health talks. Talking is often the most natural way of communicating with people to share health knowledge and facts. In the part of your job that involves health education, there will always be many opportunities to talk with people.
Group size is also important. The number of people who you are able to engage in a health talk depends on the group size. However, you will find talks are most effective if conducted with small gatherings (5–10 people), because the larger the group the less chance that each person has to participate
Health talks at the Centre are mainly conducted every day by peer educators supported by medical service providers and counselors in the general and antenatal waiting rooms. The health talks can be a topic raised by clients and supplemented by the educative film shown.
The purpose of health talks is to equip young people with accurate information and skills to make responsible decisions on their sexual health and wellbeing. Some of the topics discussed are listed below:
■ Drug and substance abuse
■ Teenage pregnancy, body changes
■ Sexual networks
■ Peer pressure
■ Sexual abuse
■ Family planning methods
■ sexually transmitted infections and prevention.
The methodology used include the use of question and answer session, dialogues, quizzes, testimonials discussions and debates