Australian Society of Sex Educators Researchers and Therapists 2012

SafeLanding: a model for addressing the barriers to teaching sexuality and relationships education in schools.

Sexual and reproductive health (S&RH) is a significant health issue for young people with concerns including unplanned pregnancies, rising rates of STIs, increasing incidence of unwanted sex and the impact of social media. Schools, as successful sites for health promotion in S&RH, is affirmed by international research.  Evidence supports teachers being best placed to impact on the sexual health and wellbeing of young people when a comprehensive, whole-school approach is taken linking curriculum and learning within the school environment to the wider school community. Despite strong government direction and excellent curriculum materials many teachers in Victoria remain reluctant to teach in this area.

Sex (work) education.

Sex work plays a crucial educative capacity. Sex workers share tips and information on safer sex, sex and gender diversity, negotiation, boundaries and consent. We share these skills with other workers, clients, and the wider Australian community on a daily basis. In a range of capacities, sex work – including escorting, stripping, BDSM and pornography – involves interaction, transference of expertise, and sharing our voices. Sex work gives clients access to an important diversity of bodies, abilities, sexual practices, gender identities and intimacies.

Young Trans or Gender Diverse People; The needs of gender variant children and their parents

Gender variant individuals have often lived traumatic lives due to the attitudes and limited understanding of the people in their environment. Gender variant children have been institutionalised, subjected to aversion therapies and pressured to maintain secrecy and conform to society’s gendered expectations while dealing with bullying and harassment at school. Simultaneously their parents face societal bias and assumptions that allow their children to be marginalized. Understanding the needs of gender variant children and their parents is a necessary step towards the provision of suitable training and interventions for the support of gender variant children into adulthood.

Implications of Escalating Erectile Dysfunction in Youthful Men Resulting from Internet Pornography Use

Research indicates that the escalation of erectile dysfunction in youthful men can be attributed to excessive Internet pornography use. Usage through adolescence and early adulthood, when the brain is at its peak of neuroplasticity and Dopamine levels are at their highest, creates an environment of increased vulnerability to addiction. Excessive use rewires the brain and interferes with the circuits involved in natural satiation mechanisms, resulting in numbed pleasure responses. Some researchers claim that the Internet’s unending novelty gives pornography the potential to become more addictive than drugs, food and gambling.

Do we de-sex for the school? Polyparents negotiating their sexual relationships and their children's schooling.

Through the use of both quantitative and qualitative data from Australian and United States research, this paper explores polyamorous parenting in relation to schooling. In particular, this paper will focus on how polyparents negotiate the implications of heteronormative monogamy/coupledom as defined and upheld through the educational systems their children are attending. The research shows that polyparents are extremely reluctant to disclose their family structure to school officials, student welfare workers, teachers and other parents in school communities. There appear to be two major barriers to disclosure: a) the fear of legal/student welfare interventions, and b) social stigmatization and harassment of themselves and their children. 

Breaking the silence around sexual difficulties: Raising up women's voices through qualitative research.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is a qualitative research methodology which is concerned with understanding personal lived experience. According to Reid, Flowers and Larkin (2005), this methodology is particularly well suited to the field of sexual health and sexuality as it moves beyond disease and deficit focused approaches and complements the traditional biomedical discourse. For sexual health practitioners, the applied focus of this research methodology also lends itself to the development of sexual health resources and potential interventions.

'Stepping out into the sunshine'; A model of the impact of quality sexology education on undergraduate students.

This study responds to significant issues related to the problematic nature of perceptions of sexuality in Australian society. It also explores the extent to which the students’ view of sexuality can be influenced through a sexuality education program delivered at tertiary level. An investigation of the literature, comprehensive interviews and feedback from students identified the factors which form the perceptions of sexuality that students have by the time they reach young adulthood and enter the sexology class. The study supports the considerable body of anecdotal evidence that has been gathered over thirty years in the award winning Department of Sexology at Curtin University.

Friends-with-benefits relationships; how are baby boomers doing it differently from young people?

A growing body of research about young people in friends-with-benefits relationships (FWBR) describes a largely college-based population enjoying casual sexual relationships that are an interim, convenient measure until they are ready for something more permanent. Little is known about the way baby boomers are adapting FWBR for their relationship needs in midlife. A FWBR is defined as one where people have repeated or ongoing sexual encounters, do not consider themselves to be a couple, but are friends.

The use of an interdisciplinary approach to ejaculatory disorders

Offering clients an interdisciplinary and approach in dealing with sexual dysfunctions has been shown to positively impact on client and relational outcomes. Viewing a sexual concern from one lens or perspective i.e. medical or psychological can fail to achieve the best outcome for clients. Ejaculatory disorders are the most common presenting problems for men. 

Sex, drugs and the medical role.

It is assumed by general practitioners that patients will raise important concerns; however, this does not always occur, especially with sexual matters. This case study highlights the importance of general practitioners’ need to create a comfortable environment for patients to raise concerns about sex. Case Details: A 64-year-old man with a history of stroke and expressive aphasia participated in a qualitative research study on sex after stroke. He had been experiencing sexual dysfunction for four years and wanted to know if this was the result of the stroke. Discussions with the man were difficult due to his communication problems however, it was suspected that a change in prescribed medicine might alleviate the problem. The researcher asked him to re-visit his GP who reviewed his medications and changed a prescription. Sexual function returned within a week.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2015

Engaging adolescents - Dealing with difficult teens

The Engaging Adolescents parenting education course teaches parents what goes into forming a great relationship with their teenagers and how to broach difficult topics with teenagers and importantly, emerge in one piece! Based on scripted mediation techniques, the PASTA for teenagers’ process provides parents with a method for holding tough conversations with adolescents, where parents can deal with short term issues (such as being interrupted) and long term issues teaching teenagers how to negotiate successfully).  PASTA stands for Prepare, Appointment, Say, Tame the Tiger and Agree. This program has been taught to over 2000 professionals in Australia and it has demonstrated a method that is easy to learn where parents might have otherwise just become angry with their teenagers. There is some preparation involved in holding this type of conversation (using a three-page worksheet), but the PASTA method is eloquent in its simplicity, and easy for professionals to teach to parents in groups. 

Recovery from complex trauma

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has put the issue of child abuse on the national agenda. The need for informed services is highlighted daily in stories and testimony. Many intractable health problems result from the chronic life stress and compensatory behaviours which underlie traumatic childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences are common, destructive and powerfully impact both mental and physical health `a half-century later’ (Felitti, 2002:45). Unresolved trauma not only has significant morbidity and mortality for those experiencing it, but also has profound impacts on their children, families and communities.

Recovery from complex trauma

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has put the issue of child abuse on the national agenda. The need for informed services is highlighted daily in stories and testimony. Many intractable health problems result from the chronic life stress and compensatory behaviours which underlie traumatic childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences are common, destructive and powerfully impact both mental and physical health `a half-century later’ (Felitti, 2002:45). Unresolved trauma not only has significant morbidity and mortality for those experiencing it, but also has profound impacts on their children, families and communities.

Engaging adolescents - Dealing with difficult teens

The Engaging Adolescents parenting education course teaches parents what goes into forming a great relationship with their teenagers and how to broach difficult topics with teenagers and importantly, emerge in one piece! Based on scripted mediation techniques, the PASTA for teenagers’ process provides parents with a method for holding tough conversations with adolescents, where parents can deal with short term issues (such as being interrupted) and long term issues teaching teenagers how to negotiate successfully). PASTA stands for Prepare, Appointment, Say, Tame the Tiger and Agree. This program has been taught to over 2000 professionals in Australia and it has demonstrated a method that is easy to learn where parents might have otherwise just become angry with their teenagers. There is some preparation involved in holding this type of conversation (using a three-page worksheet), but the PASTA method is eloquent in its simplicity, and easy for professionals to teach to parents in groups.

Managing suicidal risk and self-harming behaviours in adolescents

Mental health disorders account for the highest burden of disease among young people (almost 50%) in the 16-24 year age group (Young Australians: their health and wellbeing. AIHW 2011). There are nearly 300 suicides in this age group each year in Australia. Research also suggests that up to 12% of young people engage in deliberate self-harm. These behaviours present significant challenges for health professionals working with young people. The presenter provides a greater understanding of self-harming and suicidal behaviour in young people, as well as identifying effective responses in the assessment and management of these behaviours.

Exercises in Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga falls into all three categories: healing, education and entertainment. Dr Maslowski is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher by the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr Madan Kataria of India. A certified Hypnosis Trainer by Dr Tad James and is registered with the American Board of Hypnotherapy as a practitioner and teacher. He established a number of clinics both in Europe and in Australia, where his unique model of combining the best of Western Medicine with the best of Complementary Medicine is used with amazingly great effects.

Building consultation skills with young people: sex, minors and kids who cut.

This presentation is an outline of some principles of adolescent health that are relevant to GPs. Summarising their main burdens of disease, and contextualising the role of General Practice in supporting

Quirky Kids – troubled adolescents with unrecognised Autistic spectrum disorders

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is common and often missed by health professionals. This presentation describes clinical symptoms and tips on not missing these children, as early intervention is very

You are not the only one having problems with sex: a biopsychosociocultural approach to assessing and addressing sexual difficulties in women

In our culture, sex is “out there”, everywhere: in the media, on billboards, TV, in magazines. There is an impression that everyone is doing it all the time and it’s always great (or should be!). If there is a problem, you can always pop a pill and get a quick fix. Furthermore, many young people develop their ideas about sexuality from pornography, which leads to very unrealistic expectations. Sex is “out there”, but unfortunately, talking about the reality of sexual difficulties can still be taboo. Finding help can be very difficult. Women having sexual difficulties commonly believe that they are the “only one” struggling with these problems.

Indigenous men’s mental health and wellbeing

The narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male mental health in Australia is complicated by both historical and cultural factors that interplay in the current lived environment. The relatively fast change from hunters, teachers, and warriors to our current status has had a profound impact on the wellbeing of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. Although, there are many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in leadership with relatively successful careers, the majority still have to deal with a range of contemporary social issues that impact their wellbeing negatively.

Sexology 2016

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Corporate Culture

Life Skill Education for Adolescents- A Dilemma for Trainers

Adolescence is the stormiest period in life. It is a transition period that bridges childhood and adulthood. Adolescents face major physical, emotional and psychological changes due to hormonal changes in the body. It is a period of confusion, aggression and storm and stress for many adolescents.

Is Sexuality Education a distant Reality in India? - A Qualitative Survey

Sexuality education has been valued since the 1960s in medical schools worldwide. Although recent studies reaffirm the importance of incorporating sexuality education into medical education, there are insufficient data concerning how this can happen in India. Sexuality education has been a subject of controversy from the beginning of its introduction in the schools in India. 

Clinical Profile of Men with Different Sexual Orientation

Introduction: Medical, psychological and sexual problems are common in homosexual and bisexual men. In India, studies on sexual problems in these groups of men are sparse. Material and

Doctor...Give Me a Certificate

Role of Vitamin D in Erectile Dysfunction

Endothelial Dysfunction has been demonstrated to play an important role in pathogenesis of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Vitamin D deficiency is deemed to promote Endothelial Dysfunctions. Vitamin D is considered to be the best indicator of overall Vitamin D status of an individual and to reflect the level of circulating substrate for the tightly regulated hydroxylation into the active, hormonal form of Vitamin D.

Diabetes and Sexual Problems

Psychopharmacology of psychosexual disorders: the evidence and emerging options

Expectations from Doctors in Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse as per POCSO

Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology 2016

The History of Condoms

The condom has been used to prevent unwanted pregnancy as well as sexually transmitted diseases throughout human history since Crete or ancient Egyptians era. In Asian countries, ancient Chinese used the silk made condom with oil lubricant and Japanese also used the leather made hard condom with dual purpose of disease prevention and penile supporter. 

Complex Nutrition Necessary for Erectile Function in Aging Man

The quality of sexual function and desire in aging male will change. Normal age-related change in erectile function will affect sexual desire. These symptoms include a decrease in blood flow to the scrotum and penis; reduced tensing of the scrotal sac and delayed erection. Penile sensitivity also decreases with age. Aging contributed to the process of erectile dysfunction through increased oxidative stress–one of which is due to induced eNOS uncoupling, endothelial dysfunction in the penis, structural changes of the artery, and reduced level of sex hormones in circulation. Many of these changes can be related to or exacerbated by several causes. 

Sex History in Korea

As in the Mediterranean and most of the other parts of the world, Korea in the Neolithic era was a matriarchal society. The so called Hong San culture of Ancient Korea, now in north-eastern China, proves it with many remains including the ‘Goddess of Fertility’. However, with the establishment of political community and patriarchy in 3 millennium BC, it changed to a male dominant society. During the Three Kingdom and Unified Shilla Period, Koreans enjoyed relatively free sex and intermarriage was not strange, especially in the Royal Family of Shilla. Unlike in China.

Unexplored Problems of PCOS Patients

Aim: Studies have shown sexual dysfunctionality in 20-25% of infertile couples. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age and is a leading cause of infertility. Infertility may alter a woman’s sexual expression by causing or exacerbating sexual problems as a consequence of the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of infertility. Adequate sexual function can contribute to the success of fertility treatments. This study aims to assess sexual function in infertile and PCOS women in relation to their age, body mass index and duration of infertility. The prevalence of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) and PCOS in infertile women and its correlation with infertility was also evaluated. And to find the relationship between Female Sexual Dysfunction and testosterone levels in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Significance to maintain morning erection in even over 60 year-old men for active well aging

The ultimate aim of Andrological medicine is the study of the maleness, creating the health and well-being of human male. So that, even though the fundamental study of andrology is very essential, we should finally reach to clinical andrology.

Recruiting Endogenous Stem Cells: A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Erectile Dysfunction

Studies on Exogenous Stem Cells (SCs), owing to their regenerative capacity, represent one of the most promising methods to restore Erectile Dysfunction (ED). However, insufficient source, invasive procedures, ethical and regulatory issues hamper their use in clinical applications. The endogenous SCs/progenitor cells resident in organ and tissues play critical roles for organogenesis during development and for tissue homeostasis in adulthood. Even without any therapeutic intervention, human body has a robust self-healing capability to repair the damaged tissues or organs. Therefore, SCs-for-ED therapy should not be limited to a supply-side approach.

A Study of Sexuality and Sexual Knowledge among Sexually Active Adults in Mongolia

This study was designed to examine the relationship between sexual activity, sexual behaviour, sexual problems, lifestyle and sexual knowledge among sexually active women and men. We describe measures of sexual partnerships, sexual practices, sexual problems, attitude towards sex and sexual knowledge. We compare measures of sexuality for those 18-73 years old, by age, separately for men and women using sexual function questionnaire, IIEF-5, FSFI and Sexual complaints screener for women. We evaluated the prevalence of sexual activity, behaviours, and problems in a sample of 400 adults. 

Comprehensive Treatment of Male Psychogenic Sexual Dysfunction by Sex Therapy and Psychotropic Drugs (Without 5PDEIS)

The aim of this presentation is to explain the curative treatment of male psychogenic sexual dysfunction by sex therapy and psychotropic drugs (without PDE5 inhibitors). Normal sexual response is restored and patient remains pill free after 10 to 12 weeks of treatment with weekly or fortnightly session of sex therapy and psychotropic drugs. This reduces the PDE 5 inh dependency and non-responsiveness later on. My experience as sex therapist treating male psychogenic sexual dysfunction since 1996 in Muslim society like Pakistan will be shared. Sexual dysfunctions are either predominantly psychogenic or predominantly organic.

Is It Feasible to Apply a New Concept of Erectile Abnormal Syndrome (EAS) in Clinical Practice?

How to understand the erectile function? How to define erectile dysfunction? In general, erectile function is evaluated by the quality of penile erection. If penis shows good erection, we think erectile function is normal. Otherwise, erectile dysfunction occurs. This concept is reflected in the definition of erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is defined as the persistent inability to attain and maintain an erection sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual performance1,2. It can occur due to both physiological and psychological reasons. Accordingly, first of all, we need to know what the erection is. The erection of the penis is its enlarged and firm state. It depends on a complex interaction of psychological, neural, vascular and endocrine factors3-6. Penis erection usually results from exposure to sexual stimulation from sexual arousal, but can also occur by such causes as a full urinary bladder or spontaneously during the course of a day or at night, often during REM sleep (Nocturnal Penile Tumescence). In the presence of mechanical stimulation, erection is initiated. The arteries dilate, filling the corpora spongiosum and cavernosa with blood. An erection results in swelling, hardening and enlargement of the penis3-6.

Sexual function among Japanese workers and patients with voiding dysfunction

Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology 2017

Protodioscin a Herbal Extract Enhance Recovery of Erectile Dysfunction

The age-related reduction in blood serum testosterone (T) level is well known as hypogonadism. Laboratory biochemical reports in healthy male youth has been reported to contain total-T ranging 250 - 800 mg/L. 60% are tightly bound to SHBG (sex-hormone-binding-globulin), 38% to albumin and in small fraction (2%) only is unbound and known as “free-T”. Consequently, only albumin-bound and free-T constitute the bio-available form of T, which are accessible to target tissues and carry out the actions of essential sex hormone, which also care for sexual function such as libido and mechanism of penile erection. This bioavailability of T concentration is influenced by SHBG levels. Aging men experience increase in aromatase activity and an elevation in SHBG production. The net result is an increase in the ratio of estrogen to T and decrease in total-T and Free-T. Free-T is essential for De-Hydro-Testosterone (DHT) production needed to cross the blood-brain- barrier to stimulate the TARGET aggressive-centre in the brain which provokes libido. Our former studies have shown that Tribulus terrestris L extracts containing the active agent PROTODIOSCIN can be converted to bioidentical DHEA, which may activate the conversion of albumin-bound-T to active Free-T and total-T presence of 5-alpha-dehydrogenase. Experiment with Protodioscin on Hypogonadic men with ED

Surgical Treatment for Penile Curvature

Objective: we report about congenital penile curvature and Peyronie’s disease (PD) at our Reproduction center.


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