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FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health for Doctors: 27-31 July 2020

July 27 @ 8:30 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm

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Course Summary:

This Certificate course covers reproductive and sexual health issues for both women and men at a post graduate level.

The course is accredited for QI points by the RACGP and ACRRM. It is held in high esteem and thought to be very practical in nature, giving participants the confidence and skills to work at a high level in this area. Different to the DRANZCOG, the course focuses on primary care aspects of sexual health, a core aspect of both general practice and specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The theory component is run over a week, although participants can choose to attend individual days if they wish to. The clinical component is seven sessions of 3.5 hours each.

What does this course cover?

Who Would Benefit From This Course?

This national certificate course covers the range of the reproductive and sexual health issues that are common in general practice. It is useful for GP Registrars (where the skills obtained in this course cover many of the objectives set out in the women’s and men’s health core curriculums), O&G trainees, and experienced general practitioners who wish to refresh their knowledge in the area.

Entry requirements / eligibility

Applicants must be doctors registered with the Australian health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)and require sound language and literacy skills. Those with experience in primary care settings will gain most from this course.

Some pre-reading is required. It is strongly  recommended  to  purchase

Reproductive  and  Sexual Health:  An  Australian  Clinical  Practice  Handbook.”

This book and other  resources (brochures/pamphlets,etc) are available from the https://shq.org.au/resources/library/

If attending five day theory, “Contraception:  An  Australian Clinical  Practice  Handbook, Fourth Edition” is included (as long as supply lasts).


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

SHQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Education Scholarship 2020

Course Structure

Course Content – five day theory

  • Female and male reproductive physiology
  • Contraception:  information  on  different  contraceptive options, both hormonal and non-hormonal, and management of problems associated with their use
  • Management of unintended pregnancy, including medical, psychosocial, counselling and legal aspects
  • Diagnosis  and  management  of  sexually  transmitted infections
  • Cervical and breast screening
  • Menopause management
  • Management of couples with subfertility
  • Office Gynaecology: menstrual problems, vulval disorders, fertility
  • Men’s sexual health: office urology, male sexual difficulties

Options 1 & 2: (Full Course)

Designed for doctors who want to obtain the FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health.

Participants must complete:

Pre-course reading – approximately 4 – 5 hours

A five day theoretical component, including assessment on the Friday afternoon

A minimum of seven clinical sessions consisting of three and a half hours each. Sessions are to be arranged at times suitable to the applicant and SHQ. Clinical practicum is completed after theory, ideally within one year.  In difficult circumstances up to 2 years may be possible. To organise clinic dates, email the Clinic Coordinator, clinic.ed@shq.org.au

Supervised clinical attachment bookings are currently suspended due to the COVID 19 pandemic

Please note: GP Registrars who plan to do the six month term at SHQ do not need to enroll for the clinical attachment.

To complete the clinical component, participants must have current registration with AHPRA, and SHQ requires that doctors obtain their own medical indemnity insurance.
Please note: Interns are not permitted by AHPRA to do the clinical component.

Options 3 & 4 : (Five day theory only)

Designed for participants who wish to obtain up to date knowledge  in  the  field  of  sexual  health.  This option consists of the five day theoretical component only. A Certificate of Attendance is issued on completion of the course.

Option 5: (Individual modules)

Doctors may choose to complete individual modules according to their needs or areas of interest. These modules may be credited towards the Certificate  in  Sexual  and  Reproductive  Health,  as  long  as  all theoretical modules are completed within one year from the commencement of the first module. Interstate Doctors; price on application

Dates Offered

27 – 31 July 2020

26 – 30 October 2020

15 –  19  March 2021

The theory course is normally held at SHQ in the Lecture Theatre daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Please note: the course may be converted to online learning due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Recognition / Accreditation


Further Information

Some pre-reading is required. It is strongly recommended to purchase Reproductive and Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook. This book and other resources (brochures/pamphlets, etc) are available from the https://shq.org.au/shop

If attending five-day theory, Contraception: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook, Fourth Edition is included.

Please note:
The course may be cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments by the last date for registrations.  If this occurs, participants will be notified as soon as possible, and a full refund will be made.

Please  do  not  book flights until you receive the course confirmation email (a minimum of four weeks prior to course).

For further information, please contact either:

Clinic Education Coordinator clinic.ed@shq.org.au
Dr Alison Creagh, Medical Educator alison.creagh@shq.org.au



July 27 @ 8:30 am
July 31 @ 5:00 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.