Step 1: Theory Workshop
Complete an IUD workshop. IUD workshops cover current information about copper and hormonal IUD’s insertion techniques and how to manage problems. They also include practice insertions (in pelvic models).
It is usually held in the lecture theatre at SHQ, but if at least 5 GPs request a workshop elsewhere, this can often be arranged.
Step 2: Application for IUD Supervised Clinical Attachment
The clinical component of IUD training is available to those who have completed the equivalent of 12 months of full time primary care, such as general practice, or 6 months full time equivalent work in a sexual health clinic or obstetric and gynaecological setting. Clinical training is limited to those who successfully complete an application form available after the theory workshop, and who will be able to commence IUD insertions in their own practice within a month of completing the clinical training.
If an applicant does not have the requisite skills, the Medical Educator may make suggestions for suitable further training prior to IUD clinical training.
Step 3: IUD Supervised Clinical Attachment
After approval for training, those new to IUD insertions book and pay for 3-4 supervised 3.5 hour IUD training clinics ($165 per clinic) located at SHQ in Northbridge. Sometimes, extra clinics are needed, depending on the patient mix.
An alternative to doing IUD clinics at SHQ is to book an SHQ preceptor to come to your own practice. Please contact us to discuss availability and cost of this option.
Another option if you have a skilled IUD inserter in your practice, is to request supervision and feedback from them for your first 7-10 IUD insertions. A certificate from SHQ would not be provided in this situation.