For Health Professionals

Having healthy conversations

Whether you are an Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal health professional, you might not know how best to raise the issue of sexual health with your Aboriginal clients. You might feel embarrassed, or nervous about offending your client, or wary about breaching cultural protocols. This page offers some video and written resources that contain some information, tips and strategies to help you raise this important issue in sensitive and effective ways. 

    
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This video is for health professionals working with Aboriginal clients. It provides advice on how to have positive discussions about sexual health and blood-borne viruses with your clients and is presented by practising specialists in the field. (Produced by WA Health)
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This longer video (33 min) aims to help Aboriginal sexual health workers to: (1) support young people to feel safe about coming to their clinic; (2) break the ice and get clients yarning about sexual health; and (3) balance the worker’s own values and beliefs with the responsibility to be professional. (Produced by Family Planning Queensland)  **Scroll down and click on the video to view.
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Smart and Deadly is a series of eight educational YouTube clips and rap songs for young people, plus a documentary DVD which serves as a guide for professionals and organisations wanting to collaborate with Aboriginal communities to deliver sexual health promotion to rural Aboriginal young people. (Produced by Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health)
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This guide aims to provide a resource for health professionals to gain a better understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal communities, how to work together with communities and how to provide culturally appropriate sexual health services for individuals and communities. (Produced by NSW North Coast Area Health Service)