Thursday, 25 June 2015

Andrology Australia launches new online course on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male reproductive health

SPHPM’s Andrology Australia have re-launched their popular men’s health DVD “A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves” as an online course. 

The important professional education resource aims to equip health professionals with valuable information and the necessary skills to create a relationship and connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, while tackling the sometimes tricky topic men’s reproductive health.

The field of men’s reproductive health is a multi-layered one with many facets that need to be appropriately addressed to adhere to the sensitivities of the community. Chair of Andrology Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men's Health Working Group, Associate Professor Mark Wenitong has said these issues include "societal concerns such as masculinity and gender roles and illness stigma, as well as cultural, for example traditional gender-related lore”.

The online course has been accredited as a health education activity by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) with 4 Category 2 QI&CPD points and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) with 2 core PDP points. The course itself is free and individuals can register at

Providing this resource through online delivery is a vital step forward in breaking down the barriers to better the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men through the creation of discourse and openness in the community.

"Cultural competency training is essential to overcome barriers affecting how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men access health services," Dr Wenitong said.

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