COURSE OVERVIEW

The online Professional Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health equips medical practitioners with the knowledge to safely screen, diagnose and treat common sexual health concerns for patients presenting to general practice, particularly for women.

You will learn how to provide a high-demand service for your patients in the management of menstrual problems, endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cancer, family planning, PCOS, vaginal prolapse, urinary incontinence, familial risk of breast and ovarian cancer, STIs, and cervical screening.

This course is the first stage of the three-part Professional Diploma of Sexual & Reproductive Health. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health, Advanced Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health and Professional Diploma of Sexual & Reproductive Health.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

This Professional Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health is for medical practitioners who wish to manage common sexual health issues to improve patient outcomes in general practice. This qualification is the first stage of the Professional Diploma of Sexual & Reproductive Health.

This course is for physicians and degree-qualified medical professionals. There are no prerequisites. HealthCert alumni who have successfully completed all of the following courses may enrol in the Alumni RPL version of this course at a reduced fee because some modules have already been studied:

  • Professional Certificate of Women’s Health (4 modules)
    • Menstrual Irregularities, Family Planning, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, STIs and Cervical Screening
  • Advanced Certificate of Women’s Health (2 modules)
    • Endometriosis/Pelvic Pain/Ovarian Cancer, Family Planning Advanced 1
  • Professional Diploma of Women’s Health (3 modules)
    • Family Planning Advanced 2, Vaginal Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence, Familial Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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.

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

COURSE CONTENTS

  • Menstrual problems
  • Endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cancer
  • Family planning
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence
  • Familial risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • STIs and cervical screening


Course participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts.
  • Participate in discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions.
  • Receive access to research/readings in the field.
  • Participate in course webinars prior to the examinations and ask questions.
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review.
  • Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course.

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1: Menstrual irregularities

This module on menstrual irregularities defines common menstrual problems including abnormal menstrual bleeding, dysmenorrhea and premenstrual dysphoria. It includes classification systems, diagnostic criteria, and clinical guidelines for management and treatment of each condition. It offers resources and guidance for treating women presenting with associated symptoms or meet the diagnostic criteria for these disorders. Each condition is discussed including specific guidelines and treatment aims. Screening tools, indications for additional investigations and appropriate examinations are recommended for diagnosis of each condition. The module discusses prevalence, common symptoms and possible patient impacts of menstrual irregularities.

Module 2: Endometriosis, pelvic pain and ovarian cancer

This module recognises that pelvic pain experienced by women can significantly impact their quality of life. Given the complex anatomy of the pelvis and lower abdomen, pelvic pain presents a diagnostic challenge that requires clinical awareness to ensure the detection of serious conditions including endometriosis and ovarian cancer. This module provides practitioners with clinical reasoning models to effectively assess and diagnose acute, chronic, or recurrent pelvic pain including diagnostic models and management guides. Three case studies on women of different ages and conditions illustrate the application of Murtagh’s self-posed questions. There are separate units focused on endometriosis and ovarian cancer and the summary provides a systematic approach to identify, diagnose and manage the various forms of pelvic pain.

Module 3: Family planning

This module discusses the uses, effectiveness, and options for contraception and expands on the role of general practitioners in this area. It creates a detailed framework for making decisions about contraceptives including how to counsel patients about options, recommended examinations, information gathering, patient preferences and other factors to consider. Multiple options for contraception, comparisons of efficacy, delay in return to fertility and STI protection are discussed. Referencing the MEC guidelines, content delineates precautions and contradictions to consider when determining the suitability of contraceptive methods for individual patients. It discusses the differences of combined hormone contraceptives and progesterone-only pills and expands on the risks, side effects, benefits, contraindications, and implementation procedures for each approach. The module provides guidance for contraception at menopause and emergency contraception.

Module 4: Family planning advanced part 1

This module discusses the role of general practitioners in contraceptive counselling including comprehensive information on long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The nature of LARCs means that there is no difference between typical and perfect use.  Their contraceptive effectiveness is outlined. Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use are applied to three types of LARC and includes important contraindications. It also presents discussion about the use of LARCs including how a clinician can reasonably exclude pregnancy and institute emergency contraception when warranted. Because of the suitability of LARCS for adolescents, content includes issues of consent and identifies key points of legislation related to informed consent. It also considers the termination of unintended pregnancy from request through to clinical referral. Finally, there is a discussion about the “quick start” method of contraception for women at higher risk of unintended pregnancy.  

Module 5: Family planning advanced part 2

This module commences with the description of the different phases of the menstrual cycle and natural family planning methods options. These include fertility awareness, lactational amenorrhoea and withdrawal methods, their effectiveness, advantages, disadvantages and contraindications. Unit two outlines contraceptive needs in women with intellectual disability including legal considerations. Unit three addresses the complexities for women who are culturally and linguistically diverse, including the clinical challenges associated with this group. Statistics, factors influencing contraceptive choices and GP management recommendations are included. Key points of diagnosis, investigations, management, expected response and potential side effects are suggested. This unit also lists resources including public funded interpreter information. Information is provided for GPs working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. At the end of this module an overview of new contraceptive products is given.

Module 6: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

This module examines the prevalence, presenting symptoms, contributing factors and underlying problems associated with PCOS. Common features, risk factors and indications for further investigation to diagnose this condition are outlined. A framework for applying diagnostic criteria including presenting symptoms, specific criteria for diagnosis, and the process for eliminating other potential causes and conditions is provided. Tools and resources for screening and management of the condition are included. The module concludes by outlining symptoms of complications to look for and provides instructions for detection and management of these symptoms. 

Module 7: Vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence

This module discusses urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapses. Content outlines the types of incontinence, symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence, the causes and the risk factors. Prolapses covered are the anterior and posterior vaginal walls, cervix or uterus and the apex of the vagina. Managing these presentations includes taking a detailed medical and obstetric history, investigating risk factors, physical examination and further investigation options. Questionnaires are provided as a guide for these consultations. Changes are discussed as well as continence aids. Various treatment options including lifestyle interventions, physical therapies, bladder training, medicines and continence aids are outlined. Surgical intervention and the associated risks are considered.

Module 8: Familial risk of breast and ovarian cancers

This module discusses genetics including information, counselling and statistics for hereditary, familial and sporadic distribution of cancer. The role of genes is also examined. Unit two looks at hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and the associated genes. Content includes referral guidelines, BRCA carrier risks, genetic counselling, identifying, and managing patients who are at high risk of hereditary cancers. Genetic testing information includes advances, testing processes and possible funding options, consent requirements, possible results and genetic variant classifications. The module covers management strategies for high-risk breast and ovarian cancer patients including psychological and lifestyle choices, communicating genetic results and informing family members. Counselling considerations including pros and cons for reproductive options, prenatal testing, pre and implantation genetic diagnosis and the role of IVF are included.

Extension module: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cervical screening

This module is separated into two units: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cervical screening.  

Unit one identifies several STIs and other conditions associated with sexual activity. It outlines common features and symptoms, routes of transmission, key risk factors for infection and the prevalence of infection.  The unit emphasises the importance of early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of STIs and details the natural progression of each condition if left untreated. Comprehensive information is provided about screening tools and procedures, examinations and testing, and detailed treatment plans. Information is included on contact tracing, notification of proper authorities and opportunistic counselling of patients about prevention of STIs.  

Unit two begins with an explanation of the anatomy and functions of the cervix and identifies underlying causes and risk factors for cervical health issues including HPV, cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer.  Indications for further investigation including presenting symptoms, risk factors, and potential impacts are covered. Information about current screening tests and ethical considerations related to patient experience and consent are addressed. Important updates in administrative processes, terminology for reporting and models for cervical screening results are explained. The module recognises the inherent limitations of these tests and emphasises their role as one part of the diagnostic process. 

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Meet your instructors

HealthCert has a high-quality team of exceptional specialists and industry professionals to deliver this course.
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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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.

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Belinda Dopita

HGSA-Certified Genetic Counsellor, ACT Genetic Service

Master's in Genetic Counselling

ACT State Representative, Human Genetics for Australasia

Belinda Dopita is an HGSA certified genetic counsellor with over 19 years’ clinical experience. She completed her undergraduate degree at the ANU, and her postgraduate diploma in Genetic Counselling at Melbourne. She worked at the Center for Human Genetics in Boston, USA. After returning to Australia, Belinda completed her Master's in Genetic Counselling studying physician knowledge of newborn screening, while working at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.   

Belinda currently works at the ACT Genetic Service in both general and cancer genetics. She supports many cancer support groups and has presented at pink hope information days. Belinda also has a private practice which she founded in 2014. Her private practice has since grown, and she offers a combination of in-person appointments, skype and phone consultations. She is responsible for discussing high risk non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), and reproductive carrier screening results Australia-wide. She has a particular interest in pre-pregnancy and prenatal genetic counselling as well as genetic testing for genes associated with cancer. 

Belinda is the current ACT state representative for the Human Genetics for Australasia and has a long history of service with the HGSA. Having a background in psychology and previously working with children in many areas, she is also interested in genetic counselling of children and young adults. 

Belinda has three children which keep her busy; she enjoys horse riding, dining out and any free time she can get.

COURSE DELIVERY 

The Professional Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health is fully delivered online. 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.

The webinars offer the opportunity to join and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within three months of the exam opening date. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.

There are eight units in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar prior to examinations. You will also receive valuable 12 months' web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning. 

The course includes: 

  • 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.

ASSESSMENT

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

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development

Online assessment

  • 88 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
    • 11 per module
      Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct?  Yes/No
  • 88 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
    • 11 per module
      Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do?  Multiple choice images based on patient cases.

The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark 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.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

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This certificate course meets the 50 hours CPD annual requirement.

 

PCSRH certificate imageUpon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive a Professional Certificate of Sexual & Reproductive Health.

RACGP CPD Points Pending
ACRRM PDP Units Pending

 

This Professional Certificate:
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • 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).
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory.
  • 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. Please contact mainprocredits@cfpc.ca for more information.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

This online three-part program consists of the Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Professional Diploma of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Sexual and Reproductive Health postgraduate pathway

Graduates of the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Sexual and Reproductive Health qualify for a scholarship into the Master of Science: Sexual and Reproductive Health. This is an online course from the UK designed for medical practitioners. Please contact our UK partner directly regarding this scholarship: https://www.diploma-msc.com/s/healthcert 

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