LOGIC March 2018 Vol 17 Vol 1 - Page 51

Starting Sexual Health Conversations with your patients Have you ever wanted to ask a question about a patients sexual health and didn’t? Brenda Little Nurses and Physicians spoke about this very challenge at the Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference in Wellington last November at the roll out of Gardisil9 now free for men under the age of 26. How do we ask these sensitive questions? How do we raise sexuality with our patients safely? After 30 years in the Health industry focusing on roles with a Sexuality component I was inspired to suggest how easy the conversations can be with the right tools and a bit of willing practice. I suggested firmly……as Health Care professionals……”If we don’t ask the questions about a patient’s general sexual health we are not March 2018 L.O.G.I.C doing our jobs”. Seqirus agreed to support this venture. • I set about running a few pilot workshops. A gorgeous group of Practice Nurses in the Wairarapa were keen to pilot the first workshop I put together, working with models and frameworks that • • • • develop the rationale for having sexuality conversations make it easier to practise using the words create the affect and the interest required to have sexual health conversations. On the pre-workshop survey 75% of the attendees answered YES to “Have you ever wanted to ask a question about Sexuality with a patient but didn’t” . Most participants stated the reluctance came from not knowing how to ask the question of some patients or a sense that they were saving the patient from some embarrassment. During the workshop we discussed the models and frameworks in relation to patient scenarios from examples from my work and more importantly problem solved the scenarios put forward by Practice Nurses attending. Most related to feeling vulnerable either for themselves when broaching the subject or at least an awareness of their patients vulner X[]BZ[[\Y]YX]BXX H][YBX[ۋHTU[[YYB][›ق[\[[ۈ]Y[ZY