3. SEXUALITY

3.1 Sexuality: Lecture – Sexual Health

Dr Ruth McNair Ruth is a general practitioner and Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne.

In the following two lectures, Dr McNair discusses the important aspects of lesbian, gay and bisexual sexual and mental health.

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Sometimes, clinicians can make assumptions about a person’s sexual practices.  Several reports have shown that when health professionals discriminate or impose their prejudices on their patients, the quality of their healthcare suffers. Many LGBTIQ patients have experienced discrimination at some stage in their lives and may be highly sensitive to discrimination or judgement from healthcare professionals. As such, clinical settings must be spaces where LGBTIQ individuals feel safe to disclose their sexuality without fear of judgement.

In the following section, we’ll develop clinical skills with lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.

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