At least one-year post-registration experience is necessary for all nurses and midwives enrolling in the course. Evidence of current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 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.
If you are enrolling to attend module 2 cervical screening as an individual module you must work in a healthcare setting where cervical screening services are provided and have a current cervical screen provider available to supervise your first 15 cervical screening tests in your workplace. After completing the 15 supervised cervical screening tests in your workplace you would be expected to attend two supervised clinical attachment sessions at SHQ.
All nurses who register to attend module 2 cervical screening as an individual module must complete and submit the employer endorsement form with their registration and complete the online work prior to attending the workshop.
There are pre course readings and activities that must be completed prior to attending the face to face workshop. This work will take between 13 and 20 hours to complete. If you do not complete the prework you will not be able to attend the face to face workshop. When registration, employer endorsement and payment has been received you will receive the logon information to access the prework.
Upskilling of knowledge and skills in cervical screening for those healthcare professionals who have previously been trained and worked independently in providing cervical screening/pap smear services may be available on request. Contact the Nurse Educator Karen Bonte to discuss this option further.
Upskilling is intended for clinicians who have not performed cervical screening for some time and are required to undertake re-training and updating before re-introducing this service into their scope of practice.
Module 2. Cervical Screening
This module meets the National Competencies 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.
Complete Online Prework
Attend 2 Day face to face theory workshop at SHQ.
Supervision in own workplace to complete 15 cervical screening tests within 6 months of attending theory course.
Book two supervised clinical attachment sessions at SHQ, if found to be competent a certificate of completion will be issued.
All cervical screens undertaken in the nurse’s workplace must have results recorded, deidentified and submitted to the SHQ preceptor at SHQ supervised clinical attachment.
If a supervisor is not available in your workplace for all of the 15 supervised cervical screens an SHQ preceptor may be able to travel to your workplace to provide supervision. Costs will be provided when this option is requested.
Workplace supervisors must be a nurse or doctor who have a current AHPRA registration and a minimum of 2 years experience as a cervical screen provider. SHQ supervised clinical attachment sessions specific to cervical screening are $220 each including GST.
Please note: If you are completing the Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) your pathway for supervised clinical attachment is different to nurses who are completing module 2 cervical screening only. The alternate pathway can be accessed here
Taking a well women’s sexual health history
Pelvic floor and continence
Common gynaecological issues
This module has an assessment component. Nurses must complete the online work for Module 2 before attending the face to face workshop and complete an assessment on the last day of the theory workshop.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don’t have a supervisor in my workplace? The Certificate of Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) offers the opportunity to attend the SHQ clinic for supervised clinical attachment that incorporates STI, contraception and cervical screening, maybe this is a better option. More information about this course can be found here
What if I have previously worked independently to provide cervical screening/pap smear services and I only want to upskill? Upskilling of knowledge and skills in cervical screening for those healthcare professionals who have previously been trained and worked independently in providing cervical screening may be available on request. Contact the Nurse Educator Karen Bonte to discuss this option further.
I am a doctor looking to upskill in cervical screening, do I need to attend this course? No, please contact the Medical Educator Dr Alison Creagh to discuss your particular needs.
I am an experienced nurse with speculum experience, do I still need to attend the course? Yes, If you have not had prior training and experience in cervical screening it is recommended that you complete the cervical screening course. The comprehensive content goes beyond the practical aspects of speculum insertion to ensure the quality of nurse-provided cervical screening services.
Will I be able to perform cervical screening on my own after attending the theory? No, the theory course provides an overview of the development of, and the screening required to prevent cervical cancer. Under normal circumstances participants will not have the required skill to be a competent cervical screening provider after completing only the theory component.
Why do I need to come into SHQ after completing 15 supervised cervical screening tests in my workplace? An SHQ preceptor needs to assess your skills so that we can provide you with a certificate of completion. The certificate allows you to demonstrate accountability and responsibility for your practice and recognises your nursing expertise as a cervical screening provider.
I live regionally, is there another option to attending the SHQ clinic in Perth for the supervised clinical attachment? Please contact us to discuss further, we may be able to come to you or we may have an SHQ endorsed supervisor in your region. Contact the Nurse Educator Karen Bonte to discuss further.