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Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in primary care settings

There are significant barriers to health service access for Indigenous men, particularly in remote areas.

Andrology Australia provides resources designed to help break down those barriers and improve health outcomes:

Production of these resources was overseen by the Andrology Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group, chaired by A/Professor Mark Wenitong.

Active Learning Module

“Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in different primary health care settings”

Our free active learning module (ALM) aims to provide knowledge, skills and communication strategies to assist all health professionals to better engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the primary health care setting.

Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in different primary health care settings

The ALM focuses on a range of culturally appropriate strategies to initiate dialogue and help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male patients to disclose sexual and reproductive health concerns.

Awareness of the importance of cultural factors to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males, whether the man lives in the suburbs or in a remote Indigenous community, can help all health professionals working with Indigenous men.

Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males is accredited for GP education with RACGP QI&CPD 40 Category 1 points and ACRRM 30 PRPD points.

How to get it

Enrol for free online learning (registration required).

Video series

“A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves”

Our Male Health Education video series, A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves, provides health professionals with the knowledge and skills to initiate dialogue and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males about the sensitive topic of male reproductive health.

A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves

The videos includes a interviews with health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and medical specialists with expertise in male reproductive health. Topics include:

  • Male friendly health services
  • Engaging males from remote areas
  • Starting to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Role of the Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Talking about sexual health
  • Types of sexual problems
  • Causes of erectile dysfunction
  • Links between erectile dysfunction and chronic disease
  • Mental health and erectile dysfunction
  • Cultural issues and sexuality

The whole video series 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. To claim points, view the video series then complete the evaluation activity.

The videos can also be used in workplace professional development. If you intend to use the videos for group training (e.g. in a workshop or presentation), we would be interested to hear how you will be using it. We would also be happy to receive any photos of the video in use at your training event.

How to get it

Enrol for free online learning (registration required).

To request a copy of the DVD, please email info@andrologyaustralia.org or call 1300 303 878.
To claim CPD points on the DVD, use this evaluation form.

Clinical Summary Guide

“Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in primary care settings”

Clinical Summary Guide No. 12Our twelfth Clinical Summary Guide for health professionals is Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in primary care settings, which details strategies for health services and encourages cultural competency training.

The Clinical Summary Guide considers such issues as:

  • The barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to access health services
  • Strategies for health services to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Strategies for health services to engage men from remote communities
  • Strategies for GPs and other health care professionals to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Strategies to talk about sexual health issues with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men
  • Supporting cultural respect with regard to men’s health

How to get it

The Clinical Summary Guide is available as a downloadable PDF file and is also included as part of the set of guides offered to GPs who complete one of our active learning modules.

Men’s health promotion poster

“Your health is important: it’s OK to talk about it”

Poster: It's OK to talkTo help make the consulting room more inclusive for talking about sensitive issues, we have produced a men’s health promotional poster based on the design of our Male Health Education DVD.

The A2-sized poster is intended to be displayed in clinics and centres that provide health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, or at men’s health events, encouraging men to discuss any health issues.

How to get it

Please go to the Health Promotion Resources section of the order form.

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