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190037 - Avoiding Assumptions in sexual health care

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A lot of assumptions around sexuality are overcome by an open approach to a sexual history. This module takes a look at some experiences of people with diverse sexuality and sexual health needs and how we can learn from them to provide better health care. In an urban setting it is much easier to go to another health service when a patient feels their sexual health needs are not met. In rural areas this may not be possible. Patients should not be excluded or discriminated against due to their sexuality or specific health needs. This module can be part of the ALM Facets of Rural Sexual Health Practice.

Relevance to General Practice

The majority of Sexual and Reproductive Health care is conducted by General Practitioners. This is a challenging area of medicine as it is a private issue for most patients and requires a sensitive approach and cross cultural mindfulness. The challenges can be intensified in rural and remote communities with overlapping relationships where health professional are very much a part of communities . This can lead to the perception of less confidentiality, which is not shown in research, but never the less important to address. The General Practitioner with a good understanding of issues facing rural sexual health practice will be more at ease to provide best practice medicine in this interesting yet challenging field. See attached supporting document.

Learning outcomes
  • You will learn strategies to engage people of all sexualities and gender identities
  • You will gain insight into concerns of rural people when seeking sexual health care- including GLBTI
  • You will be able to explain areas of health care that need special consideration in a rural or remote community.
  • 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

    • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • Barriers to equitable access to quality care are addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Rural health
    • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
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    190037 - Avoiding Assumptions in sexual health care
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