FPAA National Certificate in Sexual & Reproductive Health for Doctors - Face-to-face

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Course description

To address the social distancing requirements of COVID-19 for course participants and staff, this course will not be delivered via face to face. This course will be adapted for online and blended learning and details will be available shortly. Please check this page for updates.

Are you a doctor who wishes to upskill in the latest research in reproductive and sexual health? Do you want to gain clinical experience in this area? Are you looking to complete the course in a short time frame to fit in with your work and lifestyle commitments?  

This nationally recognised 5 day face-to-face course provides current, evidence based research and practice guidelines to enhance your knowledge, skills and confidence in reproductive and sexual health. You will have the opportunity to discuss clinical scenarios and case studies.  

Content includes:

  • Update on contraceptive options 
  • Common gynaecological conditions
  • Current guidelines for STI screening including diagnosis and management 
  • Fertility
  • Unintended pregnancy options 
  • Working with diverse groups including adolescents and people living with disability
  • Updates on the National Cervical Screening Program 
  • Menopause  
  • Men’s sexual health
  • Gender diversity
  • Other topics in the area of reproductive and sexual health  

Eligible participants can also attend the following optional training attached to the course:

  • Cervical screening upskilling
  • Insertion and removal of the contraceptive implant (Implanon NXT)

Implanon insertion and removal forms part of the assessment of competence for all participants wishing to attain the FPAA National certificate.

Following the completion of this workshop, participants must ensure they have adequate professional indemnity insurance to implement Implanon NXT insertion and removal into their scope of practice.

Who should attend?

Doctors who wish to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in a range of topics on reproductive and sexual health.

Course structure

It is essential participants complete the required activities before attending the workshop to gain critical knowledge and ensure full participation during the course.

Participants have access to the online learning 2 weeks before the workshop.

Modules 1 and 2

Pre-workshop activities

Completion of online learning about cervical screening which includes: pre-reading, activities, case studies and videos. This learning will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Completion of a predisposing activity (RACGP Category 1 requirement) prior to attendance.

Face-to-Face Workshop

5 days plus additional sessions if completing cervical screening upskilling and insertion and removal of the contraceptive implant (Implanon NXT).

Completion of a reinforcing activity (RACGP Category 1 requirement)

Module 2

Completion of Role Play and written examination on day 5 of the workshop.

Post-workshop activities 

Module 3

After successfully completing Module 2 you are eligible to undertake a clinical placement (which must be completed 12 months after commencement).

Clinical Placement

5-8 clinical sessions at Family Planning NSW clinics and 1 observation session at a sexual health or men’s health clinic (to be organised by the participant).

Clinical placements must be completed within the time frame of the course; participants are expected to travel to any Family Planning NSW clinic to fulfil their course requirements.

Eligibility / Prerequisite

  • Current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Participants should have an interest in reproductive and sexual health and a basic experience in gynaecological examination.
  • Adequate professional indemnity insurance is required and is the sole responsibility of the participant.
  • You acknowledge and agree that in participating in this training course, you are providing healthcare services. Accordingly, you are liable for, and indemnify Family Planning NSW against, any liability in respect of or arising from your provision of healthcare services including any acts or omissions on your part. Family Planning NSW hold their own insurance which will not cover you in relation to your own acts or omissions. You accept responsibility for making enquiries with your medical indemnity insurer (either privately held or through your employer) as to what cover is available to you under that insurance and as required by the Medical Board of Australia Registration Standard.
  • At least two years postgraduate experience is desirable.



Modules 1 and 2

The assessment requirements include workshop attendance and completion of short answer case study-based written examination and clinical role plays which assess sexual history taking and communication skills.

Module 3 (Clinical Placement)

Participants are required to demonstrate competency in the full range of reproductive and sexual health areas during clinical placement. 

Recognition / Accreditation

Participants who successfully complete all assessment requirements for both Modules 1 and 2 will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

Participants after successfully completing the clinical placement (Module 3) will be issued with a FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors.  

Modules 1 and 2 

This education is a CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD Program. The activity ID is 183349. 

Module 3

This education is a CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD Program. The activity ID is 184307. 


Further information

Contact: Course Administration Unit, Education Services

Phone: (02) 8752 4300 press 1 for Education Services

Email: education@fpnsw.org.au

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