Sexual Function and Dysfunction

Subject POPH90077 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: None this is a distance subject
Total Time Commitment:

8 hours per week.



Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students will be expected to be proficient with a Web browser, e-mail application and word processing application prior to enrolment in this subject.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Tel: +61 3 9341 6249/6200
Fax: +61 3 9347 6757


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide detailed and current evidence based information on diagnosing, treating, and caring for people experiencing sexual dysfunction. The subject will use two models as a framework for students to develop their knowledge and skills. These two models are the ‘Plissit model' and the ‘Depor model'. The topics covered will include the normal sexual response, anatomy and physiology, an overview of assessment and counselling, working with special groups, female desire problems, male desire problems, female arousal problems, male arousal problems and ED, female orgasm problems, male orgasm problems, genital pain syndromes and special medical conditions and relevant special needs e.g. HIV disease, diabetes, spinal cord problems and cardio-vascular disease.

Objectives: On completion of this subject students will:
  • Have gained a greater understanding and insight into human sexual behaviour, the sexual cycle, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Be able to evaluate a clinical sexual dysfunction problem and provide support, sensitivity and empathy for those experiencing sexual dysfunction.
  • Have the knowledge to advise on treatment options and outcomes and initiate treatments (if appropriate).

6 short answer questions totalling 1500 words due mid semester (50%) and written assignment due end of semester of 3000 words (50%)

Prescribed Texts:

Russell, D., Bradford, D. and Fairley, C., (Eds.) Sexual Health Medicine: A Clinical Approach, IP Communications, 2005.

Special Computer Requirements: Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application, Web browser and CD ROM facility. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.

Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • To enhance critical thinking skills;
  • To develop advanced written and oral communication skills;
  • To be able to incorporate evidence based information into clinical practice.
Links to further information:

Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (Sexual Health)

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