The course will discuss the need to talk about sex, the obstacles to talking about sex and will empower the registrants to raise and discuss topics of sexuality and sexual difficulties with their patients / clients.
It will cover the assessment and management of common sexual difficulties, from a biopsychosociocultural perspective, provide educational resources and an overview of therapeutic options.
Relevance to General Practice
Sexual difficulties are extremely common in Australia and can lead to other physical issues, emotional distress and relationship conflict. With limited availability of specialist clinics in this area, it is essential to empower GPs to feel more comfortable to tackle this area of great need in their community.
- Discuss the topic of sexuality confidently with patients.
- Integrate a bio-psycho-socio-cultural assessment of sexual presenting complaints
- Identify and manage the obstacles and hurdles GPs face in discussing sexuality.
- Communicate with patients in a way that is non judgmental and inclusive of cultural, gender and sexual diversity
- Develop a treatment plan for common sexual difficulties and recognise when specialist referral is appropriate
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Men's health
- Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health
- General practice teaching
Monash University - Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences