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Activity description

151131 - Let's Talk About Sex: Sexuality and Sexual Difficulties AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN SEXUAL MEDICINE AND THERAPY

Monash Health

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss the topic of sexuality confidently with patients.
  2. Integrate a bio-psycho-socio-cultural assessment of sexual presenting complaints
  3. Identify and manage the obstacles and hurdles GPs face in discussing sexuality.
  4. Communicate with patients in a way that is non judgmental and inclusive of cultural, gender and sexual diversity
  5. 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
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • A comprehensive, clearly documented biopsychosocial history is taken from the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • Current and emerging public health risks are effectively managed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Men's health
  • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
  • Women's health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • General practice teaching

Partnering organisations

Monash University - Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Specific requirements
Women's Health

Session summary


Friday 5 Apr 2019 8:30am - Saturday 6 Apr 2019 5:00pm


Monash Medical Centre, Clayton


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Filippe Oliveira
T: 03 85722385