Sexuality Training and Education for Clinicians

Pleasure and relationships for every body


Sexuality Training and Education for Clinicians

Pleasure and relationships for every body

Royal Rehab is pleased to offer training programs and workshops for clinicians to upskill, improve knowledge and understanding around a wide range of sexuality topics.

Whether you are after one-hour sessions or full day workshops, our training is tailored to your needs. The sexuality service offers clinicians training to support other nurses, allied health and support workers across the disability and health sector.

Our workshops

Our workshops involve didactic presentation, videos, discussion, reflection, role play and skill acquisition. These are sex positive, inclusive workshops and all training sessions are fully clothed with no intimate touch involved. We offer these workshops onsite at Royal Rehab or virtually. Training can be tailored to individual work settings, please inquire about topics and quotes for team-based training. 

To view our upcoming workshops, visit our events page

First Base

Introduction to Sexuality and Sexual Wellbeing

First Base is a one-day workshop aimed at health professionals working in neurological disability, rehabilitation and chronic health settings.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the spectrum of human sexuality
  • Explore current sexuality and gender concepts relevant to comprehensive inclusive rehabilitation
  • Identify sexual dysfunction and distress with your clients
  • Develop skills in sexual health assessment, screening and referral
  • Develop a sexual health and relationship referral pathway for people living with neurological injury or illness
  • Develop competency in addressing sexuality in health care and rehabilitation.

Second Base

Sexuality and Sexual Wellbeing

Second Base is a one-day workshop aimed at health professionals working in neurological disability, rehabilitation, and chronic health settings.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop a broad understanding of human sexual response
  • Critique the impact neurological injuries, illness and chronic health conditions have on sexual response
  • Explore sexual consent in the context of intimate relationships and capacity
  • Develop further skills in sexual health assessment, screening, intervention, and referral
  • Learn evidence-based interventions for working with common challenges in sexuality and neurological disability, rehabilitation, and chronic health conditions.
  • Explore strategies for working with families or care givers whose attitudes are not sex positive and can create barriers for safe sexual expression.

What makes our team different?

Our psychosexual therapists are qualified health professionals who have completed post graduate, specialist qualifications in psychosexual therapy and are members of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS). 
Royal Rehab is Australia’s leading provider of rehabilitation and disability services. Our psychosexual therapists have unique access to a multidisciplinary team of professionals including speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, and social workers. For you, this means a holistic approach to your sexual health and wellbeing. Some aspects related to sexual health and function require the expertise of doctors, and referrals can be made through us.

Candice Care-Unger

Social Worker & Psychosexual Therapist
Candice is sex positive, non-judgemental, and optimistic about integrating pleasure and sexual wellbeing into life post injury, illness, or disability. She has an eclectic therapeutic style which draws upon Gottman Method, Solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, tantra and modern sexology approached to sexual and relationship difficulties across the lifespan. Candice is an accredited social worker and has membership with the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW). She is a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS) and she adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice.

Hailey Lin

Psychosexual Therapist
Hailey joined the Sexuality Service in March 2022. Hailey comes with a background in social work and a postgraduate masters in Sexual Health and Reproduction (psychosexual therapy). She worked as a sexuality educator in Hong Kong and as a sex therapist in Melbourne prior to joining the Royal Rehab Team. Hailey is a trilingual therapist, offering services in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and is a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS).

Jacqui White

Senior Physiotherapist
Jacqui is a Senior Physiotherapist, currently working across both the Royal Rehab Sexuality Service and the Royal Rehab Spinal Cord Injury Unit. She has nine years postgraduate physiotherapy experience, with eight years specialized in spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Additionally, as a Level 2 Ekso Bionics Clinical Trainer, she assists with the provision of exoskeleton therapy as part of the Royal Rehab assistive technology movement. In addition to her clinical roles, she is a representative on several national committees, including the NSW Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapists (SCIPT) Network, NSW Spinal Seating Focus Group (SSFG), State Spinal Cord Injury Service (SSCIS) Education Sub-Committee and Clinical Practice Guidelines Development Committee. She also holds an Honorary Clinical Lecturer Academic Appointment at Macquarie University and a Casual Academic Appointment at The University of Sydney. It is safe to say if there is something new and innovative for Physiotherapy to be a part of, Jacqui is there!

Ashleigh Ewen

Senior Physiotherapist
Ashleigh is a Senior Physiotherapist working across the Royal Rehab Brain Injury Unit and Sexuality Service. Ashleigh graduated 9 years ago from Leeds Metropolitan University, initially working in the UK prior to relocating for beaches and sunshine to Australia. Ashleigh has a strong interest in neurological physiotherapy. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, from acute, to inpatient rehabilitation, through to a community settings. Ashleigh is passionate about assisting clients to achieve their meaningful goals and challenging herself professionally. Due to her open-minded approach to rehab Ashleigh finds herself working as one of the first Physiotherapist's specialising in sexuality, disability and rehabilitation.

Arlyn Owens

Clinical Nurse Consultant & Psychosexual Therapist
Arlyn’s passion is sex-positive, accessible & inclusive approaches to sexuality and relationships, as he believes pleasure is a human right & innate need for all humans. He applies a flexible, non-judgemental approach to sexuality & relationships, to work towards safe, creative & individually rewarding outcomes for all his clients. Arlyn is a member of the Australasian Sexual Health & HIV Nurses Association (ASHHNA). He is also a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS) and he adheres to the Society's Code of Ethics and Practice.

Iain Irving

Occupational Therapist
Iain is an Occupational Therapist (OT) currently working across both the Royal Rehab Brain Injury Rehab Service and Royal Rehab Sexuality Service. Iain has over 17 years of experience at Royal Rehab having commenced on a short locum in general rehab prior to undertaking a split role in the Spinal Injury Unit and the Brain Injury Community Rehab Team (BICRT) for over 2 years. Having worked with many folks in relation to their sexual health over the years Iain is excited to be a part of the Sexuality Service and to play his part in supporting and advocating for our clients to achieve their goals in this sometimes-overlooked area of daily life.

Vanessa Arratia

Senior Speech Pathologist
Vanessa is a Senior Speech Pathologist currently working across the Royal Rehab Sexuality Service and Royal Rehab Brain Injury Rehab Service. Vanessa has over 7 years of speech pathology experience and has been working at Royal Rehab for the past 5 years across all services, including the Spinal Injury Unit. Vanessa has worked with adults in inpatient rehabilitation, community services, and palliative care. Her experience in neurological rehabilitation has predominantly been gained through her work in the Royal Rehab Private Unit and Day Program, and in the Brain Injury Rehab Service. Vanessa has been involved in the Sexuality Service at Royal Rehab since 2021 and is enjoying supporting clients work on their communication goals around sexuality, intimacy and navigating the complex social interactions of relationships and dating.

We welcome you

This service is available to anyone over 16 years of age who has experienced illness, injury or disability. We embrace clients from diverse sexual backgrounds, identities, communities, and lifestyles. These include, but are not limited to, LGBTQIA+, non-binary and gender expansive, kink/BDSM, sex work and ethical non-monogamy.

Fees and Charges

Royal Rehab is an accredited NDIS provider, and the cost of our Sexuality Service may be funded through the NDIS.

Fees may also be covered by icare, other compensable insurance schemes, or you can self-fund.

Enquire today!

If you or a loved one could benefit from our Sexuality Services at Royal Rehab, contact us on (02) 9808 9205 or at today!