The Primary Certificate of Sexual Health for Men focuses on common sexual health presentations in male patients to equip medical practitioners with the knowledge to manage these concerns in primary care.
Delivered by leading experts in the field, the online course explores the diagnosis and management of erectile and ejaculation dysfunction, penile conditions (including Peyronie’s disease) and androgen deficiency. You will also learn how to discuss sensitive topics (such as sexual problems) with male patients, manage fertility screening and interpret results, conduct an examination of the male external genital organs, and determine when it is appropriate to refer to a specialist.
This Primary Certificate course allows you to gain an insight into the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Men’s Health program by exploring one of the most prevalent topics in the field. Should you wish to fast-track your studies and receive financial credit into further courses, you may complete this Primary Certificate course and receive partial Recognition of Prior Learning and cost savings towards the Professional Certificate of Men’s Health, which is stage one of the three-part Professional Diploma program in Men’s Health (reviewed by Griffith University).
Provide high-demand services to better meet your patients’ needs by gaining a comprehensive understanding of men’s health issues commonly seen in primary care, such as sexual dysfunction, depression, fitness, and clinical problems.
Explore medical conditions pertinent to male patients, such as penile conditions, fertility, testicular and male breast cancer, hair loss, genital dermatoses, androgen deficiency, dementia, cardiovascular health, and weight control.
The practical one-day workshop is delivered in select locations, and is not available online. The program is ideal for experienced doctors who regularly perform advanced clinical procedures or who already provide traditional vasectomies to their patients but would like to learn the non-scalpel procedure.
This course is for medical practitioners who wish to support their male patients with sexual health concerns in primary care.
This course is for physicians and degree-qualified health professionals. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 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: Male sexual dysfunction
This module describes how to distinguish between the types of erectile and ejaculation dysfunctions and how to diagnose and manage these conditions. It also suggests techniques to encourage discussion about sensitive topics such as sexual problems considering barriers and society norms. The relationship between erectile function/dysfunction and metabolic and vascular health is explored. Tools to assist with diagnosis and clinical management are provided. The module includes what to look for when making a physical evaluation and possible causes of erectile dysfunction. Penile erection aids including injections, oral medications, vacuum devices, prostheses and shockwave therapy are listed including options, contraindications and possible side effects. The third unit focuses on ejaculation physiology and disorders and explores the psychological contributors and treatment options for premature ejaculation.
Module 2: Penile conditions and fertility check
This module focuses on the steps in examining the male external genital organs to diagnose and manage benign and pre-malignant penile lesions and then moves into diagnosing and managing penile cancer. Images illustrate how these conditions may appear in the clinical setting. It then explains Peyronie’s disease and outlines the phases, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management options for this condition. Male infertility is the final unit in this module. It describes the causes and how to prepare for diagnosis. This includes history, examination and investigation. The module concludes with outlining the management options for male infertility.
Module 3: Androgen deficiency
This module focuses on the screening and diagnosis of androgen deficiency and then outlines managing patients with this condition and determining whether to refer to a specialist. It explains the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, adrenal androgens and testosterone action. Androgen deficiency is described as well as the classification and causes of male hypogonadism. The diagnostic approach including signs and symptoms of androgen deficiency are detailed. Diagrams and clinical images are featured. Functional and late onset hypogonadism management options are outlined including lifestyle measures and pharmacology options. Pharmacology information includes benefits and risks.
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.
Prof Mathis Grossman
MD, PhD, FRACP
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Professor Mathis Grossmann is a physician-scientist trained in both basic biology and clinical endocrinology. He is Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health, Australia. As a Consultant Endocrinologist at Austin Health, he runs Endocrine Men’s Health and Endocrine Breast Cancer Clinics.
Prof Grossmann graduated with an MD from Heidelberg University Medical School and did his internship in Munich, Germany. He then spent four years in basic research at the National Institutes of Health, USA, and obtained a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, followed by clinical training leading to FRACP. He joined the University of Melbourne at Austin Health in 2006.
His research focuses on the roles of reproductive hormones in health and disease. His group conducts observational and interventional trials in men with 1) low testosterone and chronic disease, 2) hypogonadism, 3) prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy, and 4) women with breast cancer receiving aromatase inhibition to understand how reproductive hormones regulate musculoskeletal health and glucose homeostasis, both at the clinical and the molecular level.
He has >150 peer reviewed publications and book chapters with more than 7,000 citations and a H-index of 46.
Editorial board memberships include the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of the Endocrine Society, Clinical Endocrinology (Oxford), Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research, and he is Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Andrology.
Committee memberships include the US Endocrine Society Endocrine Self-Assessment Program (ESAP) and the Endocrine Society of Australia Council.
Dr Michael Lowy
Master of Psychological Medicine
Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine
Dr Michael Lowy is a men’s health physician with a special interest in male sexual dysfunction, relationship counselling and the general health issues of men. Dr Lowy began his medical career in general practice, later becoming a sexual health physician (FAChSHM) and obtained a Master of Psychological Medicine and became a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine.
Dr Lowy currently works at The Male Clinic in Woolloomooloo and at Executive Health Solutions at St Vincent’s Clinic. Dr Lowy is a lecturer in Men’s Health at the University of NSW, Notre Dame University, University of Sydney and Family Planning NSW and is a clinical tutor of UNSW medical students. He is a life member of ASSERT NSW and a founding member of Society of Australian Sexologists NSW branch.
Dr Henry Yao
Uro-oncology Robotic Surgeon
Dr Henry Yao is a urological surgeon with a special interest in uro-oncology, minimally invasive surgery (robotic and laparoscopic surgery), and reconstructive urology. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at The University of Melbourne with first class honours. Dr Yao completed his urology training in Melbourne and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr Yao completed a year of training at Western Health as the Advanced Laparoscopic and General Urology Fellow. He has subsequently completed further fellowship training in Robotic Surgery and Uro-oncology at one of the largest hospitals in the UK, where he worked in a high-volume cancer specialist referral centre. Dr Yao also has a subspecialty interest in reconstructive urology and has published work in this area.
Dr Yao maintains a strong interest in medical research and has published 20 peer-reviewed journal articles to date. He is actively involved in the supervision of students completing research degrees. His main research interest is in the area of cancer survivorship and improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
Dr Yao always strives to provide compassionate and wholistic care for his patients. He provides care in all areas of general urology, with a subspecialty interest in uro-oncology and reconstructive urology. He is also fluent in Mandarin.
The Primary Certificate of Sexual Health for Men is delivered fully online. The course consists of three modules and includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making.
There are two online examinations for assessment:
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Primary Certificate
This primary certificate:
Fast-track your studies and receive financial credit into further courses
Complete the Primary Certificate as a standalone course or continue onto the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Medical Nutrition Management.
Upon completion of this Primary Certificate, you will receive partial Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and cost savings towards the Professional Certificate course which is stage one of the three-part Professional Diploma program in Medical Nutrition Management, quality-assured by Bond University.
The full program consists of the Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Professional Diploma of Medical Nutrition Management.