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Education for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males

Andrology Australia provides online learning courses and downloadable units from the Aboriginal Health Worker male health module for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.

Courses have been developed under the guidance and direction of the Andrology Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group.

See more about engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in primary care settings

Learn more about the development of the Aboriginal Health Worker male health module

Free courses currently available

Course titleCourse descriptionCourse TypeCPDRACGP/
ACRRM
"A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves": Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MalesProvides health professionals with the knowledge and skills to initiate dialogue and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males about the potentially tricky topic of male reproductive health.Online learning or request DVD2 hours
Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in different primary health care settingsThis active learning module (ALM) aims to provide knowledge, skills and communication strategies to assist GPs and other health professionals to better engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the primary health care setting. Online ALM6 hours
Primary Health Care for Men*This activity aims to provide knowledge, skills and communication strategies to assist primary health care nurses to better engage men in the primary health care setting.Online learning2 hours

APNA CPD Endorsed
* This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 2 CPD hours.

The Aboriginal Health Worker Male Health Module: download individual units

Section topicUnit topicUnit contentsLink to PDF Download
Background to Effective PracticeUnit 1: Factors influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthThis topic includes a description of the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and ways to address these factors.Review of Indigenous Male Health
Unit 2: Culturally appropriate approaches to healthThis topic includes holistic approach to health, male role and gender issues and providing appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. See above link
Unit 3: Social, emotional and spiritual well-beingThis topic includes the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males, factors affecting social, emotional and spiritual well-being, healing, treatment and support, and promoting individual and community well-being.See above link
Unit 4: Barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to health care1. Factors contributing to low use of health services; 2. Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in health careUnit 4
Male health across the lifespanUnit 5: Paternal and child health1. Healthy pregnancy; 2. Factors affecting child development; 3. Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males as parentsUnit 5
Unit 6: Young males up to 18 years1. The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and adolescents; 2. Factors affecting adolescent health; 3. Engaging male youth in health careUnit 6
Unit 7: Adult male health: lifestyle disease (18-55 years)1. Lifestyle diseases among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males; 2. Risk factors for lifestyle diseases among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males; 3. Helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to change lifestyle behavioursUnit 7
Unit 8: Older male health issues (55+ years)1. Health and well-being among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males; Common health problems related to ageing; 3. Engaging older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in health careUnit 8
Managing male physical health issuesUnit 9: Male-specific health issues1. The male reproductive system; 2. Common male-specific health problems; 3. Assisting with male sexual and reproductive healthUnit 9
Unit 10: Chronic disease and male-specific health issues1. Shared risk factors and associated conditions; 2. Chronic diseases and reproductive health problems; 3. Promoting understanding of the links between sexual health and chronic diseaseUnit 10
Western and traditional medicine practiceUnit 11: Use of medicines1. Types of medicines; 2. Problems with medicines; 3. Supporting good use of medicinesUnit 11
Unit 12: The role of traditional medicine1. Traditional healing approaches; 2. Nature and application of traditional healing practices; 3. Supporting use of traditional medicinesUnit 12
The Aboriginal Health Worker role in male healthUnit 13: What you can do as an Aboriginal Health Worker in male health1. Aboriginal and Islander staff in the Australian health system; 2. The role of the male Aboriginal Health Worker; 3. Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health; 4. Supporting community action in male healthUnit 13
Unit 14: Networks, referral and follow-up1. The importance of networking; 2. Referral pathways; 3. Follow-upUnit 14
Sample Template Sample template for Aboriginal Health Worker networksSample template
Glossary of termsAndrology Australia GlossaryDefinitions of medical termsGlossary of Terms

Andrology Australia acknowledges the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet for the Review of Indigenous Male Health: “Wounded and resilient – historical and contemporary influences” (for Units 1, 2 & 3)