Letters

Australia and New Zealand have taken the lead

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1194 (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1194
  1. Basil Donovan,
  2. Graham Neilsen,
  3. Adrian Mindel
  1. Director Staff specialist Professor Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Academic Unit of Sexual Health Medicine, Sydney Hospital, Sydney, Australia

    EDITOR,—Yvonne Stedman and Max Elstein's editorial touches on an issue in which Australia and New Zealand have perhaps taken the lead—the development of broad based sexual health services.1 Indeed, as well as providing services for sexually transmitted diseases and basic family planning under one roof2—a common practice for state funded sexually transmitted disease clinics for over 20 years—the clinical staff increasingly receive training in such diverse topics as sexual and relationship counselling, sexual assault, sexual dysfunction, and promotion of sexual health.3 As a minimum this promotes the identification of problems and efficient referral. Specialist counsellors on site can manage most of these broader problems, particularly …

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