PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

Delivered by leading experts in the field, the Professional Diploma of Women’s Health program equips medical professionals with a comprehensive understanding of women’s health issues commonly seen in primary care. Exploring medical conditions and concerns pertinent to female patients, the online program will enable you to provide high-demand services and better meet your patients’ needs.

As consultations with female patients account for over 56 per cent of primary care consultations in Australia, the gender-specific health needs of women are a significant part of day-to-day work in general practice. This program offers foundation to subspecialist knowledge in women’s health issues, covering crucial areas such as menstruation, menopause, sexual health, family planning, PCOS, pregnancy, breastfeeding, domestic abuse, cancers, infertility, obesity, incontinence, anorexia, and more.

FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH

The Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate course provides an introduction to women’s health conditions commonly seen in primary care, covering crucial areas such as STIs, cervical screening, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and pregnancy.

FREE OF CHARGE – RPL INTO PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

  • Sexually transmitted infestions and cervical screening
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH

Provide high-demand services to better meet your patients’ needs by gaining a comprehensive understanding of women’s health issues commonly seen in primary care, such as menstruation, STIs, cervical screening, family planning, PCOS, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, and domestic abuse.

  • Menstrual problems
  • Family planning
  • Breastfeeding
  • Domestic abuse

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH

Explore medical conditions and concerns pertinent to female patients in primary care, such as endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cancer, sexual health, family planning, infertility, pregnancy complications, breast problems, obesity, and post-menopause health issues.

  • Endometriosis, pelvic pain and ovarian cancer
  • Sexual health
  • Family planning
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Breast problems
  • Obesity and its management
  • Post-menopause health issues

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA OF WOMEN'S HEALTH

Gain subspecialist-level knowledge in women’s health issues, covering crucial areas such as vaginal prolapse, urinary incontinence, complementary medicine, family planning, pregnancy complications, eating disorders, familial risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and premature ovarian insufficiency.

  • Vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence
  • Complementary medicine
  • Family planning
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Familial risk of breast and ovarian cancers
  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

The courses are suitable for medical doctors, degree-qualified nurses who work under their supervision and International Medical Graduates.

  • No previous formal training is required for the Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate course which is delivered by Sonic Healthcare.
  • Participants of the Professional Certificate course must have successfully completed the Foundation Certificate course or have equivalent qualifications.
  • Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course or have equivalent qualifications.
  • In order to qualify for the Professional Diploma, participants must complete both certificate courses in sequential order.
  • Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

PROGRAM CONTENTS

Foundation Certificate of Women's Health (FREE OF CHARGE)

  • Sexually transmitted infestions and cervical screening
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

Professional Certificate of Women's Health

  • Menstrual problems
  • Family planning
  • Breastfeeding
  • Domestic abuse

Advanced Certificate of Women's Health

  • Endometriosis, pelvic pain and ovarian cancer
  • Sexual health
  • Family planning
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Breast problems
  • Obesity and its management
  • Post-menopause health issues

Professional Diploma of Women's Health

  • Vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence
  • Complementary medicine
  • Family planning
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Familial risk of breast and ovarian cancers
  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency

IMPORTANT DATES

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Meet Your Instructors

Your instructors are noted specialists in Women's Health.
Debbie Kors

A/Prof Debbie Kors

MBBS (first class honours)

General practitioner and GP supervisor

Associate Professor Debbie Kors is the founder and joint owner of a private teaching general practice in Port Macquarie, Australia. She works there as a general practitioner and GP supervisor of GP registrars and medical students.

A/Prof Kors is a passionate advocate for the profession of general practice. She is a Conjoint Associate Professor in Primary Health Care at the UNSW Rural Clinical School, Port Macquarie campus and has previously worked as a senior medical educator with North Coast GP Training. In 2010, she was nominated for and won the General Practice Education and Training GP Supervisor of the Year award.

A/Prof Kors holds a MBBS (first class honours), Fellowship of the RACGP, Masters of Family Medicine (clinical), Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Graduate Diploma of Medical Education and a Certificate of Family Planning.

Christine Ahern

Dr Christine Ahern

MBBS and FRACGP

Senior lecturer at Sydney University

Dr Christine Ahern has worked as a general practitioner in rural NSW since 1983, often with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Her special interests include women’s health and education.

Dr Ahern is a senior lecturer at Sydney University and has previously been the Director of Training for North Coast GP Training. In 2011 she was named the General Practice Education and Training Medical Educator of the Year, a prestigious national award. Dr Ahern holds a MBBS and FRACGP.

Kate Moriarty

Dr Kate Moriarty

Bachelor of Medicine (honours), Fellowship of the RACGP and a Diploma in Child Health.

Dr Kate Moriarty works in private general practice in Port Macquarie, Australia, where she is also a supervisor of GP registrars and of medical students. She is a senior lecturer for UNSW Rural Clinical School, Port Macquarie campus. She has special interests in women’s health and medical education.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine (honours), Fellowship of the RACGP and a Diploma in Child Health.

Sharon Sykes

Dr Sharon Sykes

MBBS, Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Lab Sci) and a Fellowship of the RACGP

Dr Sharon Sykes works in private general practice in Port Macquarie, Australia where she is also a supervisor of GP registrars and of medical students. Dr Sykes served 18 years in the Royal Australian Air Force before becoming a general practitioner. She has a special interest in medical education and has previously worked as a medical educator for North Coast GP Training.

She holds a MBBS, Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Lab Sci) and a Fellowship of the RACGP.

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Dr_Nelum_Dharmapriya

Dr Nelum Dharmapriya

MBChB(UK), MRCP, FRACGP 

General Practitioner at Narangba Doctors, Queensland 

Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK (DRCOG) 2000 

Diploma of Family planning and Sexual Health Medicine, UK (DFFP) 2003 

Obtained Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques by FFPRHC, 2003

Dr Nelum Dharmapriya was born in Sri Lanka. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 1995 and was a partner at Heaton Norris Medical Centre in Stockport, UK, for seven years. Nelum arrived in Australia in 2009 and established Narangba Doctors in 2012. She is married with two teenage boys and loves to spend time outdoors – running, cycling, travelling and reading. 

PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Single Course price

FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE - FREE OF CHARGE
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

$895

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE

$1,795*

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA

$1,795*

*Deferred payment options and special rates for GP registrars available.

 

Pathway Bundle Price

BUNDLE

Professional Certificate +
Advanced Certificate

Professional Certificate +
Advanced Certificate + 
Professional Diploma

BUNDLE DISCOUNT PRICE

Two-Course Bundle

$2,550

Three-Course Bundle

$4,030

DEFERRED PAYMENT

Two-Course Bundle

$450 x 6

Three-Course Bundle

$535 x 8

LEARN MORE ABOUT AVAILABLE PAYMENT OPTIONS

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship and save $500 on face-to-face certificate courses (two-day practical workshops) and $300 on online and hybrid certificate courses (one-day practical workshop with supporting online theory). This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Early Bird special.

COURSE DELIVERY and ASSESSMENT

Each of the three levels of this course consists of eight modules* which are delivered online and can be viewed and replayed at any time. All courses include:

  • All presentation slides available for download.
  • Access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures.
  • Readings with references to peer-reviewed journal articles to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
  • Web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.

There is a three-month exam period for the Professional and Advanced Certificates. In order to pass the assessment and progress to the next course, you must complete the assessment within three months of the exam opening date. Exam extensions of up to six months are available on a case by case basis.

Online activities for the Professional and Advanced Certificates include a pre-course activity, responding to interactive case discussions, knowledge- and scenario-based questions, two interactive webinars, and a post-course activity.

Online activities for the Professional Diploma level include a pre-course activity, literature review, responding to interactive case discussions, knowledge- and scenario-based questions, two interactive webinars, and a post-course activity. A clinical audit is also a module of the Professional Diploma designed to demonstrate your application of learning in clinical presentations. The clinical audit is separately accredited.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development. - All certificate levels
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair. - Professional Diploma only
  • Complete a clinical audit (separately accredited) to demonstrate application of learning. - Professional Diploma only
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. The pass mark for online examinations is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course. - All certificate levels
  • Explanation of how the learning from this course has helped you with your professional development. - All certificate levels

HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within three months of the exam opening date for Professional and Advanced Certificates and nine months of the course commencement date for the Professional Diploma.

*The Professional Certificate consists of eight modules with the first four modules being covered in the Foundation Certificate delivered at no charge.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Professional Diploma of Women’s HealthUpon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive the respective Certificates of Women's Health and below points.

Professional Certificate
RACGP: points pending
ACRRM: 
     - PDP units: 24 Educational activity, 25 Performance review
     - MOPs points: 6

This program:

  • Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Provides PDP points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD@dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact mainprocredits@cfpc.ca for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

This online program consists of the Foundation Certificate, Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Professional Diploma of Women's Health.

 

Postgraduate scholarships for Women's Health 

HealthCert graduates who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Women's Health receive a scholarship of up to £500 (approximately $1,000) towards the Master of Science in Women's Health (to be offered in 2021). The postgraduate course is offered entirely online through DiplomaMSc in the UK and awarded by the University of South Wales. Learn more or enrol here.

 

Participation in research

HealthCert alumni have opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by leading experts in the field. Research projects and surveys are shared via the HealthCert blog which is available to HealthCert alumni.

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