Deep Dive into Dyspareunia:
A multidisciplinary workshop on sexual pain

Sexual pain is one of the most commonly experienced sexual difficulties. This interactive 1-day online workshop will gather a multidisciplinary team of experts to discuss, in detail, the assessment and management of dyspareunia. It will include presentations as well as interactive case-based discussions inclusive of diversity of gender, sexual orientation, culture and clinical features.

Who should Participate?

General Practitioners, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Sexual Health and Sexual Medicine practitioners, Pain specialists, Physiotherapists, Nurse practitioners, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Sexologists, Sex or Relationship therapists, and any interested health practitioners, trainees or students.


Online, live sessions.

The morning will include presentations on the topics below with Q & A. The afternoon will feature interactive case discussions incorporating case examples from across the life span. There will be time for rich discussion among speakers and participants exploring the complexities we can encounter.

Note: Presentations will be accessible for three months following the workshop.

Session titles

  • General practice, the first port of call: A biopsychosocial approach to assessing and managing sexual pain - Felicity Dent
  • Delve Deeper: Gynaecological management of superficial and deep dyspareunia - Desiree Yap
  • Skin Deep: What to do about vulval pathology leading to painful sex - Tanja Bohl
  • Connection matters: The mind/body connection and impact of interpersonal factors - Anita Elias
  • The physiotherapist’s role: So much more than muscles - Shan Morrison
  • A pain specialist's approach to sexual pain - Megan Eddy
  • Trauma (big T and little t) as the root cause: Psychological treatment and trauma informed care - Sarah Ashton


All our presenters have a special interest and wealth of experience in working with people with sexual pain.

  • Dr Sarah Ashton BA Psych (Hons), PhD (Preventive Medicine), MAPS Director & Principal Psychologist, Sexual Health and Intimacy Psychological Services (SHIPS)
  • Dr Tanya Bohl MBBS FACD Gynaecological Dermatologist. Vulval Clinic, Jean Hailes Foundation, Private practice in Warragul
  • Dr Felicity Dent MBBS, FRACGP, CSCT, Cert Sexual & Reproductive Health. Specialist Women’s Health General Practitioner, Inner Western Melbourne.
  • Dr Megan Eddy MBBS B Physio(Hons) FRACGP FFPMANZCA Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Private practice - Western Pain Group
  • Dr Anita Elias MBBS FECSM FASPM Sexual Medicine specialist, Relationship and Sex therapist. Sexual Medicine & Therapy Clinic Monash Health, Monash University, Malvern Psychotherapy Centre
  • Shan Morrison BAppSc(Phty), PostGradCert(Pelvic Floor), FACP Specialist Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. Director, Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy
  • Dr Desiree Yap AM MBBS FRANZCOG FRCOG MPHT Gynaecologist. Monash Health, Clayton, The Royal Women’s Hospital Parkville, Empower Women’s Health

Course Accreditation - CPD/CME points/hours

RACGP - Approved for 4.5 hours in Educational Activities and 5 hours in Reviewing Performance.

RANZCOG - Approved for 7.5 hours in Educational Activities.
Note: RANZCOG Fellows may be eligible for CPD hours in the Performance Review domain.

More information will be available later.


Register here

Registrations closed!

Early bird (ends on 3rd July 2023)

  • Health professionals: $360
  • Monash Health/University staff: $320
  • Health professionals from Low-Resource Countries**: $220
  • Full-time Students***: $220

Standard (from 3rd July 2023)

  • Health professionals: $460
  • Monash Health/University staff: $420
  • Health professionals from Low-Resource Countries**: $270
  • Full-time Students***: $270

Last day to register: Tuesday, 18th July, at 11.55pm.

*Price in AUD (incl. GST)

**Please check the list of countries that are eligible for a discount. Contact us for more information (med.ob.gyn.courses@monash.edu).

***Please email us (med.ob.gyn.courses@monash.edu) with proof of your full-time student status.