Written by Shea Hocaloski, Sexual Health Clinician, Blusson Spinal Cord Center

Take the Sexual Health in Health Care: Tips for Breaking the Ice course to increase awareness of the importance and prevalence of sexual health concerns in chronic illness.

The Sexual Health Rehabilitation Service (SHRS) at GF Strong has launched a new course in CCRS called “Sexual Health in Health Care: Tips for Breaking the Ice.”

The course is open to health care professionals within all of the provincial health authorities. Its aim is to increase the awareness of the importance and prevalence of sexual health concerns in chronic illness. A 2013 study revealed one in six people reported a health condition that affected their sex life in a 12 month period (24 per cent of males and 18 per cent of females).

The development of this course by the SHRS was inspired by the need for health care providers in areas outside of rehabilitation to begin identifying sexual health concerns in their client populations. Research has shown that discomfort with the subject matter, time constraints and a lack of training in the area are common reasons for not addressing sexual health in health care. This course is the first step in attempting to narrow this gap by teaching methods on how to address this area.

The SHRS is recognized, nationally and internationally, as a forerunner in clinical practice, education delivery, and research in the area of sexuality and disability/chronic illness. A provincial tertiary care, consultative interdisciplinary service, the SHRS provides brief intervention therapy for patients with neurological disabilities and/or disorders, and their families.

Register by searching for "Sexual Health in Health Care" in CCRS.


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