Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities call for reproductive and sexual health services that are culturally sensitive and affirming, and embedded within cultural frameworks.

Considerations include: cultural competency of healthcare practitioners; and access to culturally appropriate support. The concept of ‘shame’ can still play a part in people’s experience of sexual health and their willingness to seek support and information. The impact of intergenerational trauma, a history of control over reproductive health rights, and broader health inequities requires consideration.

An understanding the local context is particular important in rural communities where services are limited, communities are closely connected and anonymity in relation to sexual health is very difficult to guarantee.

  • QLD Health: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adolescent Sexual Health Guidelines

    Not specific to unplanned pregnancy and abortion, but useful learning and information about sexual and reproductive health more broadly.

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  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ Practice Guidelines for working with patients experiencing violence and abuse

    Includes a chapter dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018. AIHW Cat. no. FDV 2. Canberra: AIHW; 2018

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  • Published Papers and Articles
    Addressing structural challenges for the sexual health and well-being of Indigenous women in Australia

    Arabena, K. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2016 Mar; 92(2): 88–89.

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