Becoming More Gay Friendly in Your Practice

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Australians live in a multicultural, muti-layered society. We identify ourselves by our backgrounds, gender, culture, experiences and by our sexuality. Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) have diverse health needs. This module aims to inform health professionals about the diversity within the LGBTI community and to reduce stigma and discrimination, particularly for gay men and men who have sex with men, by ensuring their specific health needs are being met.

Target audience: GPs, health professionals
Duration: One hour
CPD: RACGP 2 Category 2 QI&CPD points
Funding Body: STI in Gay Men’s Action Group (STIGMA)

Becoming More Gay Friendly in Your Practice – Online Learning Module

This new online learning module aims to inform GPs and those who work in general practices that wish to become more ‘gay friendly’. The case-based modules explore stigma and discrimination, sexual health screening, common STIs, and specific issues faced by gay and other homosexually active men.

The Becoming More Gay Friendly in Your Practice Online Learning Module (OLM) has been developed by STIGMA. The OLM focuses on the diversity of health needs within the LGBTI community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise that LGBTI communities have diverse health needs
  • Have greater confidence taking a sexual health history
  • Identify common STIs in gay men and other homosexually active men
  • Follow guidelines for STI testing and management in asymptomatic homosexually active men
  • Understand common health issues faced by gay men and other homosexually active men

To access the OLM, go to the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexual Health Medicine Learning Management System, and register for your login. Then scroll down until you see the Becoming More Gay Friendly in Your Practice OLM.

If you’ve completed the OLM and are interested in being listed on the Gay Friendly GP List located on the ACON website, please contact Elissa Magner, Health Promotion Officer, HIV/AIDS and Related Programs Unit, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Elissa.Magner@health.nsw.gov.au