CCGSD at the 2015 Paediatric Refresher Course

OCDSB School Survey 2011 summary infographic. Ottawa Citizen 2012.

On October 23rd,  Sarah Littisha Jansen from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity participated in CHEO’s 2015 Paediatric Refresher Course alongside Dr. Michelle Ward and Dr. Stephen Feder to discuss sexuality in paediatrics. The discussions ranged from development of sexuality and sexuality as a determinant of sexual health to unpacking the concept of ‘sexuality’ and navigating safe and healthy relationships in the digital age. There was an emphasis on the increased risk for suicide, suicide attempts, suicide behaviours, and suicidality that LGBTQ+ folks face, particularly trans youth. Additionally, there were concrete suggestions given about how to review one’s own bias, implement more inclusive promotional and intake material into the office, and make one’s office more aware and responsive to the needs of those individuals from gender and sexual minority groups that access services. The sessions were well-attended and the Centre looks forward to future opportunities to work with esteemed colleagues at CHEO!