Addressing sexuality for people living with Chronic Disease
The Rehabilitation Network is pleased to host presenters Sandra Lever, Margaret McGrath, Emma Power, for this important workshop “Addressing sexuality for people living with chronic disease”.
Sexuality is important, even for people living with chronic disease. Yet less than fifteen percent of health professionals ever talk about sexuality. The aim of this workshop is to increase knowledge, confidence and foundational skills of health professionals in providing sexual rehabilitation for people living with chronic disease.
During the workshop, participants will:
- Reflect on their values, beliefs and assumptions about sexuality and how this impacts on a professional’s ability to initiate discussions about sexuality with ease.
- Increase their awareness of the importance of sexuality and common challenges encountered by people living with chronic disease (and their partners)
- Increase their comfort in initiating discussions about sexuality and responding to concerns of people living with chronic disease (and their partners)
- Learn about common strategies to improve experiences of sexuality for people living with chronic disease.
- Learn how to access more specialised sexual rehabilitation services
This interactive workshop will include a mixture of information provision, active reflection, discussion and role plays. We will draw on the experiences of people living with chronic disease including those with communication impairments, people with diverse sexualities and people from a range of cultural backgrounds.
Topics will include common myths and misinformation about sexuality, how to start a conversation, handling difficult questions and instruments that can be used to evaluate sexuality.
Sandra Lever - Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre, Ryde Hospital, Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia. Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sydney Nursing School Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Margaret McGrath - Sydney School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Emma Power - Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NSW Health 1 Reserve Road, St Leonards