‘Sexual health literacy and cliteracy’ in practice’ – a clinical update

‘Sexual health literacy and cliteracy’ in practice’ – a clinical update  1 hour

This update hosted by Family Planning Welfare Association NT and Anatomical Education is an exciting professional development for health professionals with a clinical interest in reproductive and sexual health. The clinical update focuses on female sexual response and wellbeing with presentations, case studies and Q&A with experts. 


  • To distribute new knowledge of clitoral anatomy and physiology with a particular focus on clinical practice implications
  • To overcome misconceptions and inaccuracies imbedded in sexual health education which constrain health practitioner’s ability to answer clinical questions and support health literacy.  
  • Update health professionals’ health literacy and answer clinical questions

Professor Helen O’Connell AO MD Mmed MBBS FRACS(Urology) FAICD PhD. Professor O’Connell was the first female Urologist in Australia and New Zealand, completing training in Melbourne in 1993 followed by a Fellowship in Female and Functional Urology in Houston, USA in 1994-5. Her doctoral studies in female pelvic anatomy have achieved international renown leading to significant conceptual changes in both medical and lay literature. Her Master of Medicine in Women’s health study was Conservative Management of Urge incontinence. Completed in 1989, it has led to several decades of clinical and academic work improving continence care. Her undergraduate training and higher degrees have been obtained at the University of Melbourne where she became Professor in 2013 and Head of Department of Urology and Surgery in 2016.

In 2019 she led a successful Australian Government bid to establish the Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry to improve the outcomes associated with mesh SUI and POP implantation and explantation procedures. A collaborative effort with Monash University Registries, the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the pilot module will go live in late 2020.” 

She has been the Principal investigator on many clinical trials for drugs and devices for overactive bladder, stress incontinence in men and women and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Her current research interests are female urethral science, minimally invasive surgical approaches to problematic transvaginal mesh, stimulated transplanted smooth muscle neo-sphincters and shared care models of treatment for men with prostate cancer, and big data on incontinence in men and women. 

Dr Ea Mulligan BMBS BMedSci(Hons) MHealthAdmin PhD FRACGP FRACMA FACHSE  is a GP surgeon with experience in women’s primary health and member of the Australian Lesbian Medical Association.

Penny Kenchington MNsg (NP), Grad Dip PH, Grad Dip Hth Man, Grad Cert Forensic Nsg, Dip Nsg, is a Nurse Practitioner with more than 25 years in sexual and reproductive health nursing.  She is a Vice President of Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexual Health Medicine.