About

The Australian Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine (AISSM) is passionate about creating healthy, strong and safe sexual lives.

Our sexuality is inherent in how we accept and define ourselves, how we distinguish others, and how we view the world. 

Sexuality is complex. It’s not always easy. It is multidimensional and multifactorial. A complex mix of physiological, interpersonal, cultural, emotional, and psychological contributors. Not to mention we are guided by sex-ed that failed to teach us about pleasure.

Our mission is to create a safe and open environment for individuals and couples to discuss sexuality openly. For those who come through our doors to feel listened to, understood and educated on how to have a healthy sexual life.

Sex related topics are often associated with loneliness, shame or hesitation and can be diffficult to discuss. AISSM is determined to change this.

All consults at AISSM are provided by an extensively trained professional who is qualified to treat issues related to sexual functioning and sexuality.

AISSM Director Chantelle Otten is a Melbourne local, and comes from a Dutch background. 

Having spent time living, studying and working in Holland, Chantelle has grown up with the European mindset that talking about sex, pleasure and relationships does not have to be shameful or taboo. 

She has made it her mission to have the most capable Sexologists working with her and seeing those who come to AISSM for advice. AISSM believes that good sexual health should always be enjoyable, pain free and without prejudice.

Areas of Expertise

AISSM offers an inclusive and judgment-free space for all genders, orientations and identities. Welcoming both couples and singles, AISSM staff are able to educate, empower, and counsel on a vast range of sexual wellbeing topics including:

  • Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Menopause
  • Self Esteem
  • Body Image Issues
  • STI’s
  • Disclosure
  • Sexuality and Parenting
  • Sexual Identity Issues
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Premature /Delayed Ejaculation
  • Anorgasmia
  • Sexual Compulsivity
  • Paraphillias
  • Mismatched Libido
  • Sex and conceiving
  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia (Painful sex)
  • Coming Out
  • Cultural issues
  • Disabilities
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Communication Difficulties