FtM Transgender Australians’ Sexual Health

Throughout 2017, ASHA has committed to exploring transgender health issues in Australasia. To utilise the multidisciplinary nature of the alliance, ASHA Co-Chairs Dr Chris Bourne and Dr Deborah Bateson invite executive committee members and the organisations they work with to submit a blog post exploring critical issues concerning transgender health. The first blog in the series is written by Associate Professor Tiffany Jones for the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS).


Associate Professor Tiffany Jones (PhD),


Assume Marriage Inequality

The E-Males study, in which 273 FtM transgender Australians discussed their sexual health via an online survey and blog, showed sexual health workers must not carry any pre-concieved ideas about FtM transgender peoples’ sex lives. Perhaps the only assumption one can make in Australia, is that they do not yet experience marriage equality. FtM transgender people legally recognised as men (only) can get married to a woman (only), but all other options are off the table, and they also can’t maintain any pre-existing marriage to a man post-transition. Thus, the majority of participants had never married (66%), and 18% were in de facto relationships. However some smaller groups had engaged in legal marriages either prior to or after transition – 8% were married, 5% were divorced, and 2% were separated.

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Seven Facts About Sex Therapy

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Dr Christopher Fox

Sex therapy is also referred to sex counselling, sexual health counselling, (clinical) sexology or sexual therapy. In Australia, the Society of Australian Sexologists, the National professional body for sex therapists and educators, uses the term Psychosexual Therapist for accredited members who must meet stringent educational standards.

What is Sex Therapy?

Sex therapy is a specialist form of counselling/therapy. It is just like other forms of psychological counselling only with a focus on human sexuality. Sex therapists are not a deviant bunch – they are professionals with specialist training and experience in dealing with issues of human sexuality.

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ASHA Book Review: Male Sex Work and Society

Male Sex Work and Society

Male Sex Work and Society, edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott

Review by By Dr Margaret Redelman OAM, MBBS, MPsychotherapy

This very easy to read very pro-gay and pro sex worker book gives a wide-ranging introduction to ideas and concepts that need further scientific discourse and research in the field of male sex workers. The book mostly presents anecdotal and soft research data and repeatedly reiterates that this area is poorly researched and especially when compared to female sex workers.

There are few hypotheses and conclusions but maybe it’s too early for these and the material presented here can be the launching pad for more scientific work. 

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ASHA Book Review: The Secrets of the ANZACS

The Secrets of the ANZACS

The Secrets of the ANZACS: The Untold Story of Venereal Disease in the Australian Army, 1914-1919 by Raden Dunbar

Published October 2014 and distributed by Penguin Books New Zealand. RRP $37.00

Review by Dame Margaret Sparrow, a doctor, reproductive rights advocate and author.

During World War 1 about 60,000 soldiers or 13-15% of troops in the Australian Army were treated for venereal disease (VD), mainly gonorrhoea, less commonly syphilis and fewer still for chancroid. In this pre-antibiotic era treatments were often prolonged and unsatisfactory and soldiers also had to cope with the stigma surrounding VD. The book is in three parts.

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ASHA Book Review: Sexual Health – A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sexual Health A Multidisciplinary ApproachEdited by A/Prof. Meredith Temple-Smith

Review by Dr Lynnette Wray MBBS (Hons1) MM (VenSci), FAChSHM, President Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

This new book is a sequel to and an expansion of the original book Sexual Health: An Australian Perspective which was first published in 2005 and gave us for the first time in Australia, a book which covered the broader concepts of sexual health, by focusing on a bio-psychosocial approach, rather than a disease and diagnosis focused text.

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