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Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) September 2020

September 2 @ 9:00 am - September 10 @ 1:00 pm

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Course Summary:

 6th – 14th May 2020: Modules 1,2,6 & 7 CANCELLED

11 -14 May: Module 2 Cervical Screening CANCELLED

 7-10 September 2020: Module 2 Cervical Screening 

 2nd – 10th September 2020: Modules 1,2,6 & 7

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.

Nurses who receive a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health will have completed;

  • Seven theoretical modules
  • Clinical practice placement
  • Written assessments

see details below for more information.

Who Would Benefit From This Course?

Nurses and midwives wishing to develop detailed knowledge and specialist clinical skills in sexual and reproductive health.

Entry requirements / eligibility

At least one-year post-registration experience is necessary for all nurses and midwives enroling 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. Evidence of current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Recognition of prior learning is available to nurses who seek credits for previous study and/or existing skills (fees apply). 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 for the online modules from the SHQ website. Readings and pre course activities for face to face modules will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks prior to date of attendance.

A scholarship is available annually to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nurse, follow the link below for further information.

SHQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Education Scholarship


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)  $400.00
2 Cervical Screening (3.5 day face to face course) $750.00
3 STIs in WA Primary Care (online only) $150.00
4 People and Sex (online only) $50.00
5 Andrology Matters (online only) $50.00
6 & 7
Contraception and Communication (full day course) $150.00
Total for individual modules $1550.00
Prices are current as of 1 July 2019


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 Offered

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.

Date:   6-7 May 2020 CANCELLED,    2-3 September 2020

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

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

Date:  11 -14 May 2020 CANCELLED,   7-10 September 2020

Time: Days 1-3 9am- 5pm & Day 4 9am – 1pm

During the Module 2 theory you will be supervised by an SHQ clinical instructor to perform a consultation. This includes taking a cervical screen. If you so choose you may opt to perform a cervical screening on a fellow course participant and vice versa. If not, external teaching associates will be utilised and receive an honorarium included in the fees.

Module 3. STIs in WA Primary Care

A comprehensive online module which includes:

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

Please register using the registration form at the bottom of the page.


Module 4. People and sex

Are women really from Mars and men from Venus? An online module exploring sexual function and dysfunction.

Please register using the registration form at the bottom of the page.


Module 5. Andrology Matters

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 2018

Please register using the registration form at the bottom of the page.


Modules 6 & 7. Contraception & Communication skills

A must have for nurses and midwives if you wish to progress to insertion of IUD’s or Contraceptive Implants and working in primary care.

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.

Date:    8 May 2020 CANCELLED ,    4 September 2020

Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm

Further Information

Supervised Clinical Attachment 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.

Options for Clinical Supervision:

  • 12 x 3.5 hour clinics at SHQ either in one block or over time, or
  • A combination of clinics at SHQ and experience in participants own work place.

Participants are supervised at all times by experienced SHQ Registered Nurses who have been trained in clinical instruction. Discuss your clinical supervision requirements with the Manager of Clinical Education elena.donaghy@shq.org.au

Participants develop  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.

Clinical supervision places are limited to 1-2 nurses per day to discuss booking for supervised clinical attachment contact the Clinical Education Coordinator clinic.ed@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.


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 for the online modules. Readings and pre-course activities for face to face workshops will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before the date of attendance.

Please email the Clinic Education Coordinator: clinic.ed@shq.org.au for more information



September 2 @ 9:00 am
September 10 @ 1:00 pm


SHQ Northbridge
70 Roe St
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003 Australia
(08) 9227 6177


Clinic Education Coordinator
(08) 6164 7972


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