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OT5007 - Issues of Sexuality for Allied Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Available to students with an undergraduate health discipline degree with prior approval of the subject co-ordinator. Residential component is compulsory.

Human sexual development across the lifespan will be described with relevance to issues raised within health professionals practice. Cultural issues that occur within a multicultural society and gender choices will be explored in conjunction with professional ethics, religion, morality and Australian law. Students will gain knowledge of sexual concerns and issues for people with disabilities. This subject does not intend to equip students with the skills to conduct sex counselling.

Learning Outcomes

  • define the scope of human sexuality throughout the lifespan;
  • outline the role and limitations of allied health professionals in the management of sexual issues and dysfunction for the client;
  • understand the influence of culture, history, religion and the contemporary moral and ethical views on human sexuality;
  • re-evaluate own sexual attitudes;
  • identify possible effects of illness, injury, disability on sexual functioning. Demonstrate competency in the support of clients to express concerns in relation to problems and dysfunction associated with various disabilities.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in health discipline


Townsville, Study Period 7, Limited
Census Date 05-Jul-2012
Face to face teaching 16-Jul-2012 to 18-Jul-2012
Coord/Lect: Professor Matthew Yau.
Assessment: presentations (50%); written literature review and self reflective journal (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.