Linda Kirkman

Relationship skills for life


Smart, strong, caring, funny, inspirational, a great teacher


A new approach to sexuality and relationship education

Linda Kirkman: Relationship skills for life takes a proactive, communication and pleasure-focused approach.


I offer workshops, teaching and professional development about all aspects of sexuality, sexual health and relationships across the life span. I am available for professional research and writing.


Growing Up Human school holiday special

Most young people want to be able to speak to their parents, or a trusted close adult, about sexuality and relationships. These conversations are not always easy, and have been described as “Like talking to a tiger”. Would you, as the parent or significant adult in a young person’s life, like to be an effective, supportive resource for them as they negotiate relationships, sexuality and gender? In Growing Up Human we create a safe space to build communication skills and common understandings between the adults and young people to make these conversations easier, and start a process that can be responsive to individual needs over time.

What happens?

In this three-hour workshop we explore concepts, attitudes and practical skills. The young person and their significant adult build communication skills together in order to support current and future conversations. We investigate assumptions around sexuality and gender in an environment of respect, kindness and support, using a mix of whole group, pair, and small group activities. There is also a question and answer time where you can anonymously ask your burning questions about sex stuff. We give you a comprehensive resource list to take home.

More information and tickets here.

Speaking to Sian Gard on local ABC 91.1 8/2/16

Rose Broadway and I talk about sex education, and our awesome project, Growing Up Human.

A Utopian view of relationships

The School of Life event on Utopian Futures has been cancelled as two of the four presenters withdrew their availability. The topic is still being covered on ABC Radio Melbourne; I'm was interviewed by Tony Delroy on Nightlife. The program is available here.

Living-Apart-Together Relationships

Living-apart-together relationships: what are they and what is the experience like? I'm on ABC RN! Listen here.

Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference Lisbon, Portugal September 2015

My paper was about relationship diversity as demonstrated by my PhD and about the advocacy I do about awarness and respect for diverse relationships. The keynote speakers were fabulous and can be heard here.

Ask us about sex after 50!

Lovely writeup about the talk and my work by Larissa Romensky on the local ABC website. It is so good to see the information being written up in a respectful and accessible way. Link here.

Awesome American sex educator Joan Price and I presented together. This was fun!

7 September 7-9 pm at Hares and Hyenas

63 Johnson St Fitzroy

14 September 5.30-7.30 at La Trobe Visual Arts Centre

121 View St Bendigo

Paper on stigma and sexuality in rural areas at

SEXRurality conference, Bendigo July 2015


Interview with Amy Middleton on radio 3 CR program Women on the Line: Women, Sexuality and Culture in Australia Part One


Qualitative Methodology Conference presentation: Making a case for queer theory in qualitative relationship research, 30 April 2015


Workshops on relationships and sexuality in Australia for international students at Rad Sex and Consent Week: Monash University 20 April; University of Melbourne 21 April 2015.


Invited speaker at NerdNite Melbourne 14 April 2015


Facilitated two sexuality workshops to midlife women farmers for Women's Health in the South East: March and July 2015


Invited speaker at the Wheeler Centre Melbourne 26 November 2014


Presentation on policy and midlife adult sexuality at Aging and Society Conference Manchester 7-8 November 2014


Seniors' Week presentation on older adult sexuality at Woodend Community House 7 October 2014.


Sexgeekdom Bendigo second Thursday of the month - search Facebook for Bendigo Sex Geekdom


Gave two papers at the International Associaltion for Relationship Research Conference 10 & 13 July 2014


Invited speaker at Psychology in the Pub

The Tap House, Bull St Bendigo 5 June 2014 8-9 pm


Invited speaker to Queer Chat group

Latrobe University Bendigo 8 May 2014 12 pm


Workshop presenter on Talking to Kids about Sex at Celebrating Sexuality 15 February 2014


Workshop presenter on Talking to Kids About Sex at WIRE 7 November 2013








Re: QM2015 presentation


- Great presentation

- My favourite presentation so far!


Re: Nerd Nite Melbourne


-Your presentation helped me learn so much about a different dimension of relationship that was previously unfamiliar to me, and the importance of communication in managing it (and all dimensions of relationships). It was such a pleasure working with you, Linda.


Re: It gets better all the time workshop


-Liked best: The safe environment Linda created to talk honestly without reservation.


Re: Talking to Kids About Sex workshop


-Good pedagogy

-I learnt things I did not know

-This is important


Re: Teaching


-Knowledgeable, happy and confident

-I love coming to your class

-Funny, kind, thoughtful, smart




M: 0419402373

E: linda@lindakirkman.org

T: @Linda_Kirkman


Relationship skills for life

©Linda Kirkman 2016