Sexual Health 2017

Sexual Health 2017

Conversations That Matter

Target Audience:

Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Registered Nurses, Specialists, Residents & Other Allied Health Professionals

Course Format: Two day conference with afternoon breakout sessions
  • Mar 31, 2017 to Apr 1, 2017
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
8181 Cambie Road
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Sexual health is important to patients, but may be neglected by clinicians due to lack of training, fluency or comfort. In society and as individuals we recognize sex’s role in pleasure, relationships and identity. As clinicians, however, we direct our attention primarily to the negative consequences of sex: preventing or addressing conception, disease and violence. We may also forget that some aspects of sexuality have nothing to do with sex. 

This popular conference seeks to expand the clinical conversation about sexual health, which is relevant to all clinicians - whether we work in primary care, specialty or focused practice. If and how we have those conversations has profound impacts for our patients.

Pre-registration is closed. On site registration will be available at the Radisson on Mar 31, starting at 7am. 



0700 Breakfast, Registration & Exhibits Open
0800 Welcome
0815 Pleasure is the Measure | Emily Nagoski, PhD, author of NY Times Bestseller ‘Come As You Are’
0905 Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Health Disparities: Social, Cultural and Political Contexts | Jody Jollimore, MPP
0940 HIV Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) | Malcolm Hedgcock, MD
1015 Break, Networking & Exhibits

1035 What’s New with HPV? | Gina Ogilvie, MD, DrPH
1110 Recent Sexual Health Research You Ought to Know About | Lori Brotto, PhD
1145 The Remedy: Queer and Trans Stories, and Why They Should Matter to You | Zena Sharman, PhD
1220 Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

1320 Concurrent Breakout Sessions I (Attend 2, based on choices as ranked with registration.)

A) Say What?! Sexual Health Conversations with Adolescent Patients/Clients | Leta Burechailo, MD - FULL
Expand your comfort and competence to effectively communicate about “what they need to know” and “what they actually want to know.”
B) Culturally Respectful Approaches When Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Conversations About Sexual Health | Jessica Chenery, Michael McCarthy & David Tu, MD
An interactive discussion focused on knowledge sharing, and based on culturally wise practice models that encourage sustainable change.
C) Testosterone and Sexual Function: Appropriate Use in Men and Women | Stacy Elliott, MD
Role of T in sexual desire and function, prescribing replacement for men, debating products for women, when and where to refer or get advice.
D) STI Q&A | Troy Grennan, MD & Sharon Janzen, RN(c)
Frequently asked questions, common knowledge gaps, and practical answers for all clinicians.
E) Care of Transgender Children and Youth | Daniel Metzger, MD, Mabel Tan, RN, MScN, Pascale de Kerckhove, MSW & Rebecca Brooke, RN
Practical approaches and key issues of care of transgender children and youth. Resources to support them, their parents and their caregivers.
F) FAQ about Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention | Sheona Mitchell-Foster, MD, MPH
Frequently asked questions about new guidelines for Pap screening and HPV vaccination. Bring your questions.
G) Let’s Talk About Contraception | Nicole Pasquino, RN(c) & Rachel Vogler, MD
Bring your questions, clinical experience and expertise to this facilitated discussion with colleagues. 
H) Medical and Sexual Issues in Two Common Gynecological Conditions: PCOS and Endometriosis | Christina Williams, MD
Diagnosis and management, when to refer to a specialist, and impact on sexual function.
I) Treating Problem Sexual Behaviours, and Why the Sex and Porn Addiction Model Fails Our Patients | Jason Winters, PhD
It starts with recognizing the root of the problem. Patient case scenarios, practical counselling tips, and discussion on when referral is recommended.
1430 Break, Networking & Exhibits

1450 Repeat of Concurrent Breakout Sessions I (all repeat except F; J added in second session)
J) You Are Underdiagnosing Vulvodynia and Provoked Vestibulodynia | Miriam Driscoll, MD & Ashley Heaslip, MD, MPH
Are you asking about pain? Prevalence, assessment, management and resources for very common but not often talked about sexual pain conditions.
1600 Return to Plenary

1605 Queer and Trans Youth, Health Care and the Law | barbara findlay, QC
1645 Closing Remarks & Please Complete Your Evaluations
1700 Conference Day Ends


0800 Breakfast, Registration  & Exhibits Open
0900 Welcome Back
0915 Providing More Inclusive Sexual Health Screening Experiences | Lauren Goldman, RN(c)
0950 The Inappropriate ‘Abnormalization’ of Asexuality | Morag Yule, PhD
1025 Equity-Focused and Trauma-Informed Practice in Sexual Health Care | Cheryl Prescott, RN(c), MPH
1100 Break, Networking & Exhibits

1120 Sexuality and Culture: 20 x 20 x 4 | Roja Bagheri, MA, Harlan Pruden, Silvain Dang, MA, Ruby Gidda, RN(c)
1155 Where Are We Now with Mifepristone? | Dawn Fowler, MA, MUP
1230 Lunch, Networking & Exhibits

1330 Concurrent Breakout Sessions II (Attend 2, based on choices as ranked with registration.)

K) Expanding Abortion Access: Toward Becoming a Mifepristone Provider | Konia Trouton, MD, MPH
Practical discussion of what it would take to become a provider.
L) Vulvar Health | Ulrike Dehaeck, MD
Approach to the exam, work up of "vulvar itch", identify common genital skin lesions, key points for treatment, and when to refer to a specialist. 
M) PerforMANce Issues: Addressing Sexual Issues in Men | Jennifer Bossio, PhD
What to ask, what to say. Practical assessment & counselling approaches for managing sexual function concerns in men of all ages.
N) Prolapse and Incontinence | Roxana Geoffrion, MD
Childbirth risk factors, prevalence with age, primary care management, when and to whom to refer. These are common conditions where sexual impact also needs be considered.
O) Test Your Contraception IQ - 7th Edition | Unjali Malhotra, MD
… and become a contraceptive “mythbuster!” Thank you to the SOGC for sharing this popular presentation.
P) Postpartum Sexual Health | Sarah Olson, MD & Hillary McBride, MA
Primary care providers' roles in addressing sexual health concerns throughout the postpartum period, and innovations for improvement.

  • Non-STI Male Genital Dermatology | Cancelled

Q) Vaginal Health: Common Conditions | Petra Selke, MD
Diagnosis and management of common vaginal concerns, such as discharge, warts, BV, yeast, recurrences…and when to refer to a specialist.
R) Sexual Health of School Age Children: the BC Adolescent Health Survey, Past Findings and Future Questions | Annie Smith, ALM & Colleen Poon, PhD
Review prevalence of specific sexual health behaviours, associated risk and protective factors - based on findings from the 2013 survey of nearly 30,000 young people in BC. Also, here’s your chance to provide input into the 2018 questions, so that the survey is of greatest value to healthcare professionals like you.
S) Newcomers’ Sexual Health | Mei-ling Wiedmeyer, MD, Sonja Rietkerk, NP, Hamsa Jaser & Zeena Al-Hamadani
Sexual health considerations for immigrants, refugees and other newcomers.
1440 Break, Networking & Exhibits


1455 Concurrent Breakout Sessions II Repeat (all repeat except K and N; T added in second session)
T) Of Course I Talk to My Own Kids About Sex | Kristen Gilbert, BFA(Ed)
On becoming an "askable adult" for the children in your life. 
1605 Return to Plenary

1610 Paraphilic Disorders: When Kink Stops Being All in Good Fun | Jason Winters, PhD
1645 Closing Remarks & Please Complete Your Evaluations
1700 Conference Ends

Key Speakers

 Emily Nagoski, PhD.

Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life. She has a PhD in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a master’s degree (also from IU) in Counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education. For eight years, she was the inaugural Director of Wellness Education at Smith College, before transitioning to fulltime sex nerd, traveling the country, teaching college students, training professionals, and learning every day. 

 barbara findlay, QC

barbara findlay is a queer feminist lawyer committed to making the law work for all of us. She has a broad range of legal experience, having practiced as a union-side labour lawyer, worked for the Legal Services Society (legal aid) doing poverty law, and in policy-making capacities; been a member of the Faculty of Law at UBC; and now has a general practice. barbara has also done political work and advocacy around issues of oppression, including sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and disability. She was a member of AWARE (the Alliance of Women against Racism Etc.), a founding member of the December 9 Coalition (a working coalition of leaders in the LGBT community), and leads unlearning oppression workshops with Across Our Differences.  

Skills Gained

Participants will: 

• Recognize the importance of sexual health for the well-being of patients of all ages, all genders and all orientations.

• Develop confidence and competence in a range of topics germane to sexual health.

• Acquire strategies to apply in their practice.


Early bird registration: Fri. Feb 17, 2017 | Add to calendar +


Save $10 by registering online! By Mar 22 After Mar 22  & On-Site
Physician  $489 $539
Allied Health  $379 $399
Resident/Student  $235 $245
Cancellations and Refunds


Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond  British Columbia  V6X 3X9

Hotel accommodations available at the Sexual Health 2017 venue. Boasting complimentary Wi-Fi and a heated indoor pool, the award-winning Radisson Vancouver Airport is easily reached from the Vancouver International Airport and the Canada Line. 

Conference rates start at CDN $129/night. 
Book before Mar 3, 2017 and quote "Sexual Health Conference" for conference rate. (Subject to availability.)

T: 604.279.8384

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