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).
The workshop is partially sponsored by Bayer and is offered at a heavily subsidized cost of $120.00 to participants. 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.
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: Clinical
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.
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.
Recognition / Accreditation
The theory workshops are approved for QI points:
For the theory component, the activity is accredited for 9 Category 2 RACGP points.
For the clinical component, the activity is accredited for 40 Category 1 RACGP points.
To be eligible for 40 category 1 points for the clinical component, the requirements are:
Complete predisposing activity
Complete at least 10 hours of supervised clinics (3 or more clinics)