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Deep Dive into Dyspareunia: a multidisciplinary workshop on sexual pain

The morning will include 30 minute presentations from our multidisciplinary faculty of speakers, with Q & A. In the afternoon, we will discuss cases across the lifespan, inclusive of diversity of clinical features, gender, sexual orientation, relationship status & structure, and culture. The course will take a biopsychosociocultural approach to each case.

Learning outcomes:
Demonstrate respectful, inclusive communication with, and trauma informed care, of patients presenting with sexual difficulties including sexual pain.
Implement assessment of a patient presenting with sexual pain using a biopsychosocial framework.
Determine the aetiological factors causing and contributing to a patient’s dyspareunia.
Create a management plan for helping patients presenting with sexual pain.
Recommend appropriate referral for multidisciplinary and medical specialist care for patients with dyspareunia.
This course is approved for CPD hours for RACGP and RANZCOG.

0830 – 0845 Introduction to the Course
Dr Anita Elias MBBS FECSM FASPM Sexual Medicine Specialist, Relationship & Sex Therapist, Sexual Medicine & Therapy Clinic Monash Health; Monash University; Malvern Psychotherapy Centre

0845 – 0920
General Practice, the First Port of Call: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessing & Managing Sexual Pain
Dr Karen Freilich MBBS BMedSc MScRSHR FRACGP General Practitioner, Airlie Women’s Clinic; Sexual Medicine & Therapy Clinic, Monash Health

0920 – 0955 Delve Deeper: Gynaecological Management of Superficial & Deep Dyspareunia
Dr Shami Kathurusinghe MBBS FRANZCOG BBiomedSci (ATTP) AGES Gynaecologist, Royal Women’s Hospital; Eastern Health; Clynden Avenue

0955 – 1030 Skin Deep: What to do About Vulval Pathology Leading to Painful Sex
Dr Tanja Bohl MBBS FACD Gynaecological Dermatologist, Vulval Clinic, Jean Hailes Foundation; Private practice in Warragul

1030 – 1045 MORNING TEA
1045 – 1120 Connection Matters: The Mind/Body Connection & Impact of Interpersonal Factors
Dr Anita Elias MBBS FECSM FASPM Sexual Medicine Specialist, Relationship & Sex Therapist, Sexual Medicine & Therapy Clinic, Monash Health; Monash University; Malvern Psychotherapy Centre

1120 – 1155 The Physiotherapist’s Role: So Much More than Muscles
Ms Shan Morrison BAppSc(Phty), PostGradCert(Pelvic Floor) FACP Specialist Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. Director, Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy

1155 – 1230 A Pain Specialist’s Approach to Sexual Pain
Dr Megan Eddy MBBS B Physio(Hons) FRACGP FFPMANZCA. Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, private practice - Mind Body Pain Specialists.

1230 – 1305 Trauma (big T & little t) as the Root Cause: Psychological Treatment & Trauma Informed Care
Dr Sarah Ashton BA Psych (Hons) PhD (Preventive Medicine) MAPS Director & Principal Psychologist, Sexual Health & Intimacy Psychological Services (SHIPS)

1305 – 1315 Q&A
1315 – 1400 LUNCH BREAK
1400 – 1430 Breakout rooms for case discussions
1430 – 1530 Whole group case discussions & feedback
1530 – 1545 AFTERNOON TEA
1545 – 1645 Whole group case discussion continue
1645 – 1715 Q&A / Closing remarks

For more information, contact Monash University at or 0395945145.


8:30am - 5:15pm,
Saturday 20 July 2024


Monash University

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