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SHQ provides a range of professional development programs for nurses and other health professionals who wish to build their skills and knowledge in the area of sexual and reproductive health.


Current Courses and Workshops

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Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) 2017

“This Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive health (Nursing) is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Standards. It has been allocated 50 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia-Continuing Professional Development Standard.”

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Who would benefit?

This nationally recognised and ACN endorsed course is for registered nurses and midwives wishing to develop detailed knowledge and specialist clinical skills in sexual and reproductive health.

Course description

The course has a theory component and a clinical practicum. The theory modules provide nurses with evidence based information on a broad range of sexual and reproductive health topics. Nurses will explore the physiological, psychosocial and environmental aspects of sexual and reproductive health using current research findings, clinical guidelines and the knowledge and experience of experts in the field.

Entry requirements

At least one-year post-registration experience is necessary for all nurses and midwives enrolling in the course.

Evidence of current registration is required as part of the enrolment process. Previous experience in the area of women’s health, sexual and reproductive health or community health is an advantage but not a requirement.

Recognition of prior learning is available to nurses who seek credits for previous study and/or existing skills (fees apply).

Course Outcomes

SHQ Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)

Eligibility to be credentialed as a nurse cervical screening provider with a West Australian Cytology Service Provider Number.

Nurses who wish to receive the full certificate (Nursing) must complete all of the seven theoretical modules (some of which are online) and all of the required clinical practicum (see clinical practicum details below).

This includes course attendance, completion of assessments and completion of clinical placements.

Course structure

SHQ uses a wide range of educational strategies to accommodate for the differing learning styles of course participants. Information is delivered via lectures, presentations, workshops, group work and interactive activities.


Theory Component Modules Cost
(GST free)
1 The Bare Essentials (two day face to face course plus study guide) 22 CPD hours $395.00
2 Cervical Screening (3.5 day face to face course) 30 CPD hours $700.00
3 STI Clinical Management ( one day face to face course or online option ) 7.5 CPD hours $140.00
4 Men, Women and Sex (half day face to face course or online option) 2 CPD hours $40.00
5 Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (half day face to face or online option) 2 CPD hours $30.00
6 Contraception in Practice (full day course) 6.5 CPD hours $100.00
7 Communication and Motivational Skills in Sexual Health. (short two hour module incorporated with module 6 contraception in practice) 2 CPD hours $40.00
Total for individual modules $1445.00


Nurses can complete the theoretical modules in any order as a block over two weeks or as separate modules. Nurses must complete all modules within a two-year period.


All of the theoretical modules are assessable. Nurses are given time (6 weeks) to submit assignments.

Nurses are not eligible to complete the clinical practicum until all relevant assessments have been received by the Manager of Clinical Education.

Dates for 2017- 18

Module 1. The Bare Essentials

Nurses will explore and develop their personal knowledge on a range of fundamental and “of the moment” sexual and reproductive health topics. For example,

  • Concepts of sexuality and sexual health
  • Values attitudes and beliefs
  • Language of sex
  • Sex and diversity
  • Sexuality through the lifespan
  • Sex and gender
  • Sex and the law
  • Sex and the impact of technology

Join us at SHQ, expand your mind, be challenged and leave with a desire to learn more.

The perfect launch pad for those nurses wishing to build further skills in sexual and reproductive health education and or clinical practice.

Dates:  12 to 13 June 2018

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm daily

Module 2. Cervical Screening

This module meets the National Standards for Cervical Screening Providers.

Nurses will become competent to provide cervical screening and preventative health checks to eligible women on behalf of a supporting doctor.

Topics include:

  • Cervical screening
  • Breast health
  • Pelvic floor and continence
  • Common gynaecological issues
  • Taking a well women’s sexual health history
  • Menopause

Dates: 12 to 15 Feb 2018,

18 to 21 June 2018

Time: Day 1-3: 9am – 5pm

Day 4: 9am – 1pm

Module 3. STI Clinical Management

“Sex, it can be catching”

Option 1. Face to face interactive workshop.

A really comprehensive walk through the steps of STI clinical management for nurses.


  • Information about common STI’s and BBV’s
  • Taking a comprehensive sexual history
  • Ordering the correct tests
  • Treatment protocols
  • Managing result and follow up
  • Contact tracing and partner notification

Option 2. Online option. Same topics different delivery method

For those who prefer this type of learning or who find it difficult to attend the face to face workshop.

Dates: 27 October 2017,

14 June 2018

Time: 9am – 5pm daily.

Module 4. Men, Women and Sex

Are women really from Mars and men from Venus?

Join us as SHQ hosts a highly regarded presenter, Dr Stephen Adams, to examine men’s and women’s sexual function and dysfunction.

Dates: 2 Nov 2017,

21 June 2108

Times:1.45pm to 3pm

Module 5. “An Australian Minority”? Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

A short and sweet online module which includes:

  • How to engage and work with men in sexual health
  • Male anatomy & physiology
  • Common male sexual and reproductive health issues
  • PSA screening, “the bottom line”
  • Hot topics for men in 2017-18

Module 6. Contraception in Practice “Clued up or Clueless”

A don’t miss five hour face to face workshop especially if you are working in primary health care or are a midwife.

Essential for any nurse who wants to expand their skills to insert Implanon and IUD.

Module 7. Communication and Motivational Skills in Sexual Health

“A truly life changing two hours”

Strongly recommended for all nurses and midwives. Motivational interviewing is a technique that can be learned by anyone. It is a method that works on facilitating and engaging intrinsic motivation within the client in order to change behaviour

Learn how to apply this to the sensitive area of sexual and reproductive health.

Dates: 26 Oct 2017,

15 Jun 2018

Times: 9am to 5pm

Clinical Practicum for Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health   

Note:  All assignments due must be submitted before commencing clinical practicum.

The clinical part for the Certificate course requires approximately 50 hours of clinical training which includes two visits to external agencies. The practicum usually takes two weeks to complete when done in a block.

Participants are supervised at all times by experienced SHQ Registered Nurses who have been trained in clinical instruction. This can be achieved by:

  • 12 x 3.5 hour clinics at SHQ or
  • A combination of clinics at SHQ and experience in participants own work place.

Discuss your practicum requirements with the Manager of Clinical Education.

Participants develop beginning specialist clinical skills in sexual and reproductive health nursing practice, including cervical screening. The program can be negotiated to take into account the existing skills of the participant. Details on booking the practicum will be discussed during the theory component of the course.

Placements are limited – bookings need to be made early (at least six to eight weeks beforehand) with:
Clinic Administration Officer, Email teresa.duffield@shq.org.au

Cervical Screening supervision by an SHQ nurse in trainee’s own workplace

SHQ instructing nurses may also be available to supervise nurses in their own workplace. The trainee’s workplace is responsible for organizing specific cervical screening clinics and booking all clients. Clinical services are conducted on behalf of a supervising doctor whose Provider Number is used for pathology purposes. This doctor is responsible for the overall care and follow-up of the clients.

Nurses wishing to choose this option must contact the Manager of Clinical education to negotiate the number of hours. This depends on the competency already achieved by the nurse. A minimum of 7 hours is required.

Costs: by negotiation.


Recognition of prior learning is available to nurses who seek credit for prior study and or existing skills. (fees apply)

2017-18 Cost

Modules 1 to 7  :  $1445.00

Before you start

Some of the modules have pre-course readings and or activities. These are compulsory and make up the assessment for each module.

When you have registered and paid for your modules you will receive information on how to access your readings and pre-course activities. They will be available approximately 4 weeks before the date of attendance.

Further info

Please email Sonya Arcidiacono: sonya.arcidiacono@shq.org.au for more information


SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STIs, contraception information and supply, unplanned pregnancy, Pap smears, STI drop-in clinics and counselling.