Communicating about reproductive and sexual health with refugees and migrants

These webinars will assist you to develop strategies for conversations about reproductive and sexual health with individuals from migrant and refugee backgrounds, including international students and travellers, in order to support them in navigating the health care system and in overcoming barriers to health care access.


Who is it for?

  • General practitioners;
  • Nursing staff;
  • Midwives, doulas, and birthing assistants;
  • Allied health professionals;
  • Gynaecologists and obstetricians;
  • Health professionals;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Clinic administration staff.

Webinars available

Introduction to working with interpreters and translators in reproductive and sexual health settings

  • Communication in health care settings
  • Working with interpreters and translators
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Face-to-face and phone consultations
  • Influences of culture on people’s attitudes to reproductive and sexual health
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Preventing female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and supporting people who have experienced FGM/C

  • Prevalence of FGM/C
  • Why FGM/C is performed
  • Ongoing health problems associated with FGM/C
  • Barriers to accessing health care
  • Communicating with patients and implications for practice
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Reproductive and sexual health for survivors of torture, trauma, and sexual violence

  • Understanding trauma, torture, and sexual violence
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Trauma effects
  • Health issues caused by sexual and gender-based violence
  • Barriers in accessing RSH services after violence
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Services for individuals who have experienced torture and trauma
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Communicating contraceptive choices with migrants and refugees

  • Short history of contraception
  • Contraceptive use by migrants and refugees
  • Barriers and challenges to accessing contraception
  • Influence of religion and culture on contraceptive use
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • International students
  • Implications for clinical practice
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Culturally responsive communication about disability and reproductive and sexual health

  • What is disability?
  • Living with disability in migrant and refugee communities
  • Disability, culture, and reproductive and sexual health
  • Barriers for people living with disabilities from refugee and migrant backgrounds
  • Myths about disability and reproductive and sexual health
  • Sexual violence
  • Implications for practice
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Culturally responsive practice: intersex, sexuality diversity, and gender diversity in the context of migration

  • Commonly used terminology
  • Understanding intersex, gender diversity, and sexuality diversity
  • Legal issues
  • Health disparities
  • Challenges faced by gender, sex, and/or sexuality diverse people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
  • Implications for practice
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These webinars have been made with the support of Queensland Health.

Language disclaimers

  • Any attempt to define groups of people must acknowledge that all groups are diverse in nature, in terms of culture, education, language(s) spoken, and social and political background etc. So while we use specific terms as a way of conceptualising different groups of people, there is as much diversity within groups as there are between groups
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) is the preferred term for government and some community agencies; whilst these webinars will on occasion use this term, we acknowledge that the blanket use of the term CALD does not always reflect the complexity and breadth of diversity and may reinforce certain assumptions around which groups in are positioned as the norm and which groups are positioned as other
  • This webinar mainly uses the terms migrants and refugees. We also use the term people from refugee and migrant background to acknowledge that once settled in Australia people may no longer identify as a refugee or migrant as well as to include children of migrants and refugees who may face similar (and unique) barriers to health care