Legal

IMPORTANT CONFIDENTIALITY INFORMATION

LegalIn accordance with the Australian law, your counsellor is obligated to client confidentiality.

Exemptions exist however where a counsellor may have to disclose to a third party, including;

A counsellor has either knowledge or reasonable ground to assume a client may pose a threat to themselves, to their own health or life, or the client is proposing harm to another person, their life, health, or property.

Mandatory reporting duty is placed upon the counsellor if the counsellor has  knowledge of, or reasonable ground to assume, child abuse. A child is person under 18 years of age.

A counsellor has mandatory disclosure duty in an event of police warrant, or court subpoena.

Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia, ASAA charges full hourly fees in the event of our counsellor’s subpoena to court, to give testimony on your behalf. Charges, other than photocopying and postal service cost, do not apply if a subpoena is limited to session materials only.

CANCELLATION NOTICE  

A client is requested to give a minimum of 24hr cancellation notice in the event of having to change, or cancel a booked appointment time. Otherwise full fees will be charged. We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise, however Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia, ASAA cannot accept responsibility for such circumstances.

DISCOUNTED FEES FOR LONGER TERM THERAPY

The EcoPackSaver contains a bundle of four (4) discounted 60minutes sessions, and is a non-refundable pre-book sale only. The EcoPackSaver is valid for 12 calendar months. Read further on page Appointments and Fees.

CONSENT NOTICE

I (the client)

I have read the above information carefully. I understand and accept the terms and conditions under which services will be provided to me.

If anything about my situation or circumstances changes in a way which may impact on the effectiveness of my counselling therapy, I will immediately inform my counsellor Heide McConkey.

I understand that a person’s reaction to counselling and sex therapy can vary, and that occasionally, and despite best practises, an adverse outcome may be achieved.

I release my counsellor, Heide McConkey, from liability for any damage, which I may sustain as a result of counselling and sex therapy, and any adverse outcome I may achieve.

SEXUAL CONSENT INFORMATION

The criminal law in Australia outlines the age of giving sexual consent as an age of emotional and sexual maturity of fully understanding the consequences of sex and sexual acts with another person. A person, who is engaging in a sexual act or sexual behaviour with another person under the legal age of sexual consent giving, is committing an offence, such as child abuse.

Age of sexual consent laws are designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. In relation to sexual abuse charges, in each state or territory, the defining criteria between adult sexual assault and child sexual assault is regarded as the absence of sexual consent in adult sexual assault, while the need for sexual consent in child sexual assault is superseding.

The law discriminates between willingness and consent. A child may be willing to engage in sexual behaviours with another person, but does not have the psychological capacity to give sexual consent.

AGES OF SEXUAL CONSENT INFORMATION

The age of sexual consent is 16 years of age in New South Wales (NSW), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory (NT), Victoria (VIC), and Western Australia (WA).

In Tasmania (TAS), and South Australia (SA), the age of sexual consent is ruled to be 17 years of age.

Queensland (QLD), makes a distinction between the age of consent for anal sex (described as sodomy) being 18 years of age, while the age of giving sexual consent to all other sexual behaviours (described as carnal knowledge) is 16 years of age.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INFORMATION

The term ‘Child Pornography’ refers predominantly to sexually explicit images or films featuring children, known as ‘child abuse images’.

Explicit erotice storytelling, featuring children, may be classed as ‘Child Pornography’.

Child sexual abuse occurs during producing, recording, and distributing sexual materials, involving a child.

The criminal law may prosecute persons who produce, record, distribute, or download erotic text, images, or films containing Child Pornography, as an act of child abuse. Those laws are designed to protect the rights of children.