Past Webinar Recordings

21 May 15

Ageing and Sexuality: Contemporary Issues

Despite recent initiatives, ageing and sexuality is still a topic that is largely invisible to many in the community and even amongst some researchers and medical/health and community care professionals. There is therefore, a need to address this topic much more openly, not only to demystify it but also to promote a more holistic provision of social, wellbeing and health support to older adults who are sexually active or would like to be sexually active.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the myth of the non-sexual older adult persists amongst the general public and in some research and medical/health professional communities. Sue's presentation will present findings which indicate the importance of continuing sexuality for older adults, and the detrimental impact a lack of awareness can have on their health and wellbeing, as well as the need to incorporate this topic into sociological research agendas.

The changing nature of relationships and an increasing array of internet dating sites specifically targeting older women and men has led to increased opportunities for meeting new partners later in life. The rise, however, has also been accompanied by a rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections. Deborah will discuss reasons for unsafe sex and opportunities to support older women and men in successfully navigating safe sex in new relationships including the role of GPs.

Prejudicial attitudes of an asexual older population exist among health professionals, and especially sexual expression by people with dementia is a challenging issue. Cindy's presentation is targeted at increasing health professionals’ awareness and understanding of sexualities for people living with dementia.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about ageing and sexuality in both a community context and for those in care living with dementia
  • Have an increased awareness of the ongoing sexual needs of older adults regardless of their health or impairment status
  • Develop an increased appreciation of the need for a more nuanced research agenda and public policy debate around the topic of ageing and sexuality

Hear from Leading Experts

Dr Deborah Bateson, MA (Oxon) MSc (LSHTM) MB,BS, Medical Director, Family Planning NSW
Dr Deborah Bateson is the Medical Director at Family Planning NSW and holds the titles of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is the current Chair of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA). Deborah is an expert in reproductive and sexual health having worked as a clinician, researcher and educator for over 15 years with extensive experience overseeing the delivery of high quality and innovative family planning services nationally and internationally. Deborah has particular interests in improving access to effective methods of contraception, the prevention of cervical cancer and in improving the sexual health of older women and men. She has published widely and frequently provides expert commentary to the media.

Dr Sue Malta, PhD, Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)
Dr Sue Malta is a Research Fellow in the Health Promotion Division of the National Ageing Research Institute and leader of the Social Connection and Relationships research stream. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Swinburne Institute of Social Research in Hawthorn. Her work encompasses ageing, sexuality, the Internet and community, as well as various projects for the Department of Health, community organisations and so on. She is currently project manager for an NHMRC-funded RCT looking at improving health and wellbeing outcomes for carers and the people they care for through a physical activity intervention (the IMPACCT study). Sue is a member of AAG and The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and is also co-convenor of TASA’s Ageing and Sociology thematic group.

Dr Cindy Jones, PhD, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Practice Innovation, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Dr. Cindy Jones is a Research Fellow with Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Centre for Health Practice Innovation (HPI). She is a Griffith representative for the Queensland Dementia Training and Study Centre (QLD DTSC). The focus of her work includes an exploration of relationships in long-term care; expression of sexualities by older people; and quality of and evidence-based dementia care. This work is being developed around the key areas of knowledge transfer and workforce training and development. In 2013, Dr. Jones developed the Sexualities & Dementia: An Online Education Resource for Health Professionals, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing via the QLD DTSC.

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Event Details

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Event Date & Time: Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST

Places Available: 62

Your Investment

AAG Members: FREE
TASA Members: FREE
NZAG Members: FREE
ANZSGM Members: FREE
Non-Members: $20.00


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