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Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in primary care settings

Significant barriers affect the way Indigenous men access health services, particularly in remote areas.

As the country’s peak authority on male reproductive health Andrology Australia provides a number of resources designed to help break down those barriers and improve health outcomes:

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

Male Health Education DVD

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

Our Male Health Education DVD, 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 potentially tricky topic of male reproductive health.

A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves

The DVD includes a series of interviews with a number of health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and medical specialists with expertise in male reproductive health issues. Topics covered 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 DVD 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 DVD then complete and return the evaluation form.

The DVD can also be used in workplace professional development. If you intend to use the video for group training (e.g. in a workshop or presentation), please let us know 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

A limited number of DVDs is available—to request a copy of the DVD, or to enquire about its availability, please contact info@andrologyaustralia.org or call 1300 303 878.

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 talkFollowing the advice in our Clinical Summary Guide to think about making 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.

Borrowing the catch phrase from the 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, reminding men that good health is important and encouraging them to open up to discuss any health issues.

How to get it

The poster is free of charge and can be ordered from the Health Promotion Resources section of our order form.

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