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The Impact on Intimacy

Chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, fibromyalgia and inflammatory arthritis can have wide-ranging impacts on a person’s health and daily functioning. These can include impacts on sexual function and intimate relationships. Yet while sexual function is an important part of life, it’s an understandably sensitive topic that consumers and clinicians alike may be hesitant to discuss. This webinar seeks to raise awareness of how painful musculoskeletal conditions can impact on sexual function and will highlight the available support and management options.

Our presenters: Professor Ilana Ackerman is a musculoskeletal epidemiologist in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and an experienced orthopaedic physiotherapist. Her research program aims to understand the personal and societal impacts of osteoarthritis and the best ways of measuring the outcomes of osteoarthritis care. Ilana is an osteoarthritis expert for the Global Burden of Disease Study and she has been involved in the development of models of care and clinical care standards for osteoarthritis.

Ms Laura Worthing is a Senior Physiotherapist with the Central Coast Local Health District and has worked in Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health in both the public and private sectors, including the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. She has been the NSW Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Committee for the last 4 years. Laura has completed her Master of Physiotherapy (majoring in Continence and Women’s Health) and a Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management.

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Have you checked out our series before? 

We have a huge list of interesting webinars from 2020 and 2021 with links to the FREE recordings! We try and cover a range of topics from specific conditions to ways to manage day–to–day. Check them out here.

New to webinars?

They’re so easy and so convenient. You can watch a webinar in the comfort of your own home or at the local library – basically wherever you have access to a computer or tablet and the internet. Watch our step by step guide to taking part in a webinar.


Wednesday Dec 7th 2022


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Wednesday Dec 7th 2022
  • Time: 3:00 am - 4:00 am

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