The Framework for Psychosexual Care of Women with Gynaecological Cancers has been developed to describe the knowledge, skills and abilities required of health professionals working with women at risk of, or who are experiencing psychosexual concerns associated with gynaecological cancer or its treatments.
A learning resource for health care professionals
The PSGC learning modules will help all health professionals develop the knowledge and skills to support women and their partners experiencing psychosexual concerns following gynaecological cancer. This resource can be used for self directed learning, or by educators in both clinical and academic settings as part of a facilitated learning program.
The resource can be accessed here: The Psychosexual care of women with gynaecological cancers.
Treatment for a gynaecological cancer can alter a woman’s behaviours, attitudes and feelings towards sexuality and intimacy. Women with a gynaecological cancer can sometimes experience:
- changes to body image or how a woman sees herself and how she thinks others see her;
- loss of femininity as a result of treatment;
- feeling a loss of wholeness;
- isolation from others;
- fear of rejection from their partner; and
- guilt or a fear that sexual activity will result in pain or will cause the cancer to reappear.
Women experiencing these concerns come into contact with a range of health professionals in a variety of settings. These health professionals require knowledge and skills to minimise the risk of these concerns, and to effectively treat them should they occur.
- RACGP members: 40 category 1 points, or 20 category 2 points
- ACRRM members: 20 PDP core points, or 20 core O&G MOPS points
- Registered and Enrolled nurses: Self-Record Continuing Professional Development hours