SYDNEY, Australia — Medical students in Australia, concerned about gaps in their education concerning LGBT health, have started taking supplementary courses on the topic, the Star Observer, an Aussie gay news publication, reports.
In response to concerns from students and advocacy groups about a lack of content relating to sex, sexuality, and gender identity in university medicine degrees, the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has launched a series of online modules called “AMSA Academy,” the article notes.
One of the most recent modules, called Let’s Talk About Sex, has a significant LGBT component — the online courses offer students presentations, forums and even assessment.
Dr. Ruth McNair from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Lesbian Medical Association provided significant input into the modules. While she hoped the modules would increase pressure on universities to change content in the curriculum, she told the Star Observer it was becoming harder to include information on any subject in increasingly crowded medical courses.
“It’s similar everywhere — there’s more and more content to include and increasingly students are being asked to self-select topics and find their own information about even core information,” McNair said.
Even topics listed as “core” are not entirely delivered through tutorials and lectures, so medical students are encouraged more and more to seek out information independently, the article said.