Participants must be registered with the Australian health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a medical practitioner or nurse.
It is expected that those who undertake insertions of IUDs in practice have excellent skills in:
helping patients to choose contraceptive methods
assessing whether patients are suitable to use IUDs
communication and pelvic examination
If you wish to undertake IUD training, but do not have the requisite skills, it is recommended to complete training in these prior to undertaking clinical IUD training. Some may wish to do the Doctors Certificate course, or some sections of it.
For those with the necessary skills, the steps to take are outlined below.
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
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 ($150 per clinic) located at SHQ in Northbridge. Sometimes, extra clinics are needed, depending on the patient mix.
Supervised clinical attachment bookings are currently suspended due to the COVID 19 Pandemic
An alternative to doing IUD clinics at SHQ is to book an SHQ preceptor to come to your own practice. Current fees (inclusive of GST) for supervision in your own workplace are $220 per hour of supervision and travel time, plus $1.10 per kilometre of travel.
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.
During the clinics, trainees are expected to acquire competence in IUD discussions, IUD insertions and in managing IUD related problems. At least 5 competent insertions are needed, which usually means performing (with assistance) 7-10 insertions. If all competencies are met, then a certificate is provided.
Wednesday 10 June 2020 *This date is full contact please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to go on the cancellation list
Tuesday 18 August 2020
Thursday 12 November 2020
Recognition / Accreditation
The IUD theory workshop is a CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD program.
The IUD clinical attachment is a CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD program
To be eligible for 40 Accredited Activity points for the clinical component the requirements are:
Complete predisposing activity
Complete at least 10 hours of supervised clinics (3 or more clinics)