Chapter 1 – Reproductive and Sexual Health Consultations in the Australian Setting

Setting the scene: Reproductive and Sexual Health in Australia

Optimal sexual health is ‘…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled’.(1) While distinct from reproductive health, sexual health and reproductive health are also closely linked.(2)

This Handbook aims to support clinicians in providing best-practice reproductive and sexual health care to Australia’s geographically and socio-culturally diverse populations. In order to uphold the principles of optimal reproductive and sexual health, it is important to understand people’s attitudes, behaviours and practices relating to reproductive and sexual health matters. Research and data collected from large national representative surveys not only shapes health policy but also provides valuable insights into current practices and trends relating to sexual behaviours and attitudes.

The 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, which surveyed 6,327 year 10, 11 and 12 students from Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Australia, reported ... Buy now

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