Good sex, good health; Dutch sexologist presents

Monday 16 April, 2007

A Dutch expert in sexology and cancer will present at a special lecture for health professionals.

The lecture will be held at The Cancer Council Victoria on 23 April, at 1 Rathdowne Street, Carlton.

Dr Woet L. Gianotten is a world-renowned gynaecologist and psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience in sexology. Specialising in onco-sexology, rehabilitation sexology and reproduction, Dr Gianotten's more recent focus is good sex as a cause for good health.

This lecture is an excellent professional development opportunity for cancer clinicians and health professionals to enhance their skills in discussing sexuality and cancer with patients.

Doreen Akkerman, Director of the Cancer Information & Support Service said cancer and its treatments had a profound affect on a person's sexuality, including body image, sexual functioning, and self-esteem.

"Many clinicians often hesitate to discuss sexuality with their patients. As a result, many patients are left feeling anxious and embarrassed about the impact cancer has had on their sexuality," said Ms Akkerman.

"It is a great honour to have esteemed international expert, Dr Woet L. Gianotten share his knowledge so health professionals can more easily discuss sexuality as a normal part of cancer care," she said.

Dr Gianotten is in Australia to present at the 18th World Congress of Sexology in Sydney. This lecture will cover topics including the sexual consequences of cancer, treating sexual dysfunction in cancer survivors and how sex can positively influence health.

The 'Onco-sexological expertise: Added value for oncology?' lecture will be held at The Cancer Council Victoria, 1 Rathdowne Street Carlton on Monday April 23, 6.00pm - 7.30pm. For more information call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Sophy Chirnside

Ph: 9635 5131 Mobile: 0408 518 613

Email: Sophy.Chirnside@cancervic.org.au

About Dr Woet L Gianotten

A gynaecologist and psychotherapist, Dr Gianotten has had more than 20 years experience in sexology. He specialises in onco-sexology, rehabilitation sexology and reproduction and has worked in the Medical Sexology Department, Utrecht University and the University of Rotterdam.

Dr Gianotten's more recent focus is good sex as a cause for good health. His expertise also covers common sexology with a focus on gender differences and sexual problems caused by sexual abuse.

In his early medical career, Dr Gianotten worked across surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics. He also spent several years working as a tropical doctor in a refugee camp in West Africa and in a mission hospital in East Africa.

Dr Gianotten is a co-founder and board member of the International Society of Sexuality and Cancer. He co-edited the Dutch textbook ‘Sexology' (2004) and is the editor in chief of the Dutch ‘Handbook of Sexuality in Disease and Physical Impairment' (to be released in 2007). He has also published several papers in Dutch and English medical journals.