The Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate course provides an introduction to women’s health conditions commonly seen in primary care, covering crucial areas such as sexually transmitted infections, cervical screening, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and pregnancy. 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.
The online Foundation Certificate of Women’s Health is delivered by Sonic Healthcare and provides an entry point into the HealthCert Certificate Course and the Professional Diploma of Women’s Health pathway, quality-assured by Bond University.
Upon completion of the Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate, participants will receive Recognition of Prior Learning and financial credit towards the Professional Certificate of Women’s Health, and will only have to complete four online modules and online assessments to qualify for the university quality-assured certificate. Professional Certificate graduates can then continue on their education pathway towards the Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma of Women’s Health.
This course is an entry point into the Professional Diploma of Women's Health. The education pathway is: Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate of Women’s Health, Professional Certificate of Women's Health, Advanced Certificate of Women's Health, and Professional Diploma of Women's Health.
The Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate of Women's Health is tailored for medical doctors who wish to improve patient outcomes by managing common women's health issues in general practice.
The courses are suitable for physicians and degree-qualified medical practitioners, including registered nurses. There are no prerequisites. 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.
Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.
Course participants will:
Module 1: Sexually transmitted infections and cervical screening
Module 2: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Module 3: Pregnancy
Module 4: Menopause
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Foundation Certificate of Women's Health is delivered online by Sonic Healthcare. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience.
Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive a Sonic Healthcare Foundation Certificate of Women's Health.
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
- PDP units: 20 Educational activity, 12 Performance review
- MOPs points: 6
This foundation certificate:
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.