This full-day training will increase the competency and confidence of health care professionals in communicating with patients from refugee and migrant backgrounds in aspects of reproductive and sexual health.


Participants will use their own clinical knowledge and background and apply it to a range of migration experiences including temporary, transient, permanent and time-specific migration and how they impact on reproductive and sexual health outcomes.

Topics will include: communicating contraception and sexual health; treating, and communicating with, patients who have experienced, or are at risk of, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C); communicating with patients who have experienced or are experiencing torture, trauma and violence; engaging with intersections of LGBTIQ+ and disability.

Who is it for?

  • General practitioners
  • Nursing staff
  • Midwives and birthing assistants
  • Allied health professionals
  • Gynaecologists and obstetricians
  • Clinic administration staff
  • Pharmacists

Course overview

This full-day face-to-face workshop will include lectures, discussion, case studies and interactive group work.

Course Content

Participants in this course will be involved in activities and view relevant resources which will help them to:

  • communicate with individuals from refugee and migrant backgrounds about RSH
  • assisting individuals in navigating the health care system
  • address stigmas and taboos to do with RSH
  • overcome barriers to health care access
  • work with interpreters and translators

Learning outcomes

  • Develop strategies for conversations about reproductive and sexual health with individuals from migrant backgrounds;
  • Explain the process of accessing interpreting services and how interpreters can impact the consultation to improve patient outcomes;
  • Summarise how to respond to a disclosure about FGM/C;
  • Articulate principles of trauma-informed care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available for this course. Please download an application form here and submit at least 10 weeks prior to the course date.


Cost $40
Class Size 15
Length 8 hours
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Delivery Method Workshop
Catering Morning tea & lunch