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Reproductive and Sexual Health

National Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health Role

We recognize the impact of discrimination based on gender and sexuality on patient’s health.  We also recognize the importance of advocacy and information when it comes to improving sexual health.  It is based on these principles that the National Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (NORSH) and the Local Officers of Reproductive and Sexual Health (LORSHs) work upon.

The NORSH is responsible for leading projects and initiatives in the area of reproductive and sexual health, and liaising with external global-health related organizations in order to benefit and create opportunities for Canadian medical students at large.  The NORSH works in collaboration with the rest of the Global Health Program, including the National Officers, the Global Health Liaisons, and the LORSHs.

Specific 2012/2013 NORSH Initiatives

  1. 1.Distribute a survey to Canadian medical schools to assess the extent to which reproductive and sexual health topics are covered within the curriculum.
  2. 2.Use the survey results to develop innovative and useful ways to target gaps and discrepancies and improve the reproductive and sexual health knowledge of medical students.
  3. 3.With two upcoming provincial elections (Nova Scotia and British Columbia) and a national Liberal Party leadership race coming in 2013, the NORSH and LORSHs will be involved in determining where candidates stand on specific issues (ex. LGBTQ health, reproductive rights etc.).  The results could then be published in newspapers, newsletters and disseminated to medical students.
  4. 4.We will also be working to lobby both provincial and federal governments on specific issues.
  5. 5.Improve relations with other national and international organizations in order to develop more areas of partnership and collaboration.


-General Reproductive and Sexual Health

-LGBTQ Health

-Reproductive Health

-Sexual Health

General Reproductive and Sexual Health

-The National Sexuality Resource Center creates content, leads training and guides the development of a new sexuality movement

-See their website for articles on various subjects: sex and aging, sex and disability, sex and faith, sexuality and health, sex and gender, sex and policy, sex and race, sexual identity, other issues

-SexualityandU is the ultimate Canadian resource providing accurate, credible and up to date information and education on sexual health; it’s an initiative from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

-It has amazing content for health professions, resources and research sections

-The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health is the Canadian Member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation; see for the main site

-See their website for resources, help with education and training, public awareness campaigns and more

-Works to improve the quality of healthcare research in the word; also works to promote gender equality, and advocate for policy that supports reproductive and sexual health

-Range of publications and resources including family planning, maternal health, counseling, informed choice, consent etc.; also have a youtube channel

-The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website has many resources, conference information and clinical practice guidelines

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit and Queer (LGBTQ) Health

-Ontario-wide program to improve the health and well-being of LGBT people in Ontario through education, research, outreach and public policy advocacy

-Has a great section on training from requesting a training session to tips for an effective presentation; they also can help you find a trainer; Also check out their LGBT Health Fact Sheets & Issues sections

-RHN is a network of individual committed to equity-based, community-based and anti-oppression values in promoting health and wellness for persons and communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities

-Team of researchers focusing on how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual , two-spirit, and queer (LGBTQ) people experience physical and mental health, and how they access health services

-The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has many great publications and provides a lot of information on LGBTQ rights globally

-Campaign to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients in medical spaces

-National LGBT human rights organization

-Various resources and research especially focusing on youth

Reproductive Health

-Charity which regards sexual and reproductive rights as an integral part of health and wellbeing of all persons

-See their site for a list of local organizations as well as resources

-Medical Students of Choice is an internationally recognized, non-profit organization with a network of over 10,000 medical students and residents around the US and Canada

-See their website for resources, conference information, reproductive health externship information and more

-The reproductive health access project helps to ensure that women and teens at every socioeconomic level can readily obtain birth control and abortion from their own primary care clinician; through training, education and advocacy, RHAP helps family physicians and other clinicians make birth control and abortion part of routine medical care

Sexual Health

-Resource site providing information on menopause

-CATIE provides information on hepatitis and HIV

-They have a section for service providers as well as many resources that you can order