FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors

Doctors with a minimum of one year’s postgraduate experience in community based general practice or obstetrics & gynaecology can register for this 5-day nationally accredited theory course, which is followed by 7 to 9 clinical training sessions. Clinical training requires full AHPRA registration, contraceptive implant certification and current DCSI child related screening.


If you do not meet the eligibility requirements but feel you have previous experience that is relevant to the course you can apply for recognition of prior learning. Please submit a summary of this experience (no more than a single page) to shinesacourses@shinesa.org.au with a covering email.


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Course Outline

The FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors is awarded on successful completion of both the theoretical and clinical aspects of the course.

The 5-day theory course is nationally accredited and has a standardised assessment included in the course. 40 RACGP QI&CPD points (category 1) are applicable on successful completion of this course.

Topics include:

  • IUDs*
  • Contraceptive implant*
  • Common gynaecological problems
  • Menopause
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Cervical screening guidelines
  • Contraception
  • Fertility and subfertility
  • Sexual violence
  • Andrology and urology
  • Pregnancy options and abortion services
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vulval dermatology
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual health: cultural implications for Aboriginal community
  • Prolapse and incontinence

*Please note: while Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are covered as a topic in this course, this does not include IUD or implant insertion training. For further information go to IUD Insertion Training and Implanon NXT Insertion Training.


Clinical training is done after the 5-day theory course. The sessions are direct hands-on training at SHINE SA clinics, with support from senior SHINE SA clinicians. We are a secondary referral centre for men’s and women’s sexual and reproductive health. The clinics will extend your practical skills and knowledge. 40 QI&CPD points (category 1) are applicable on successful completion of the clinical sessions.

NB: At least one year of postgraduate experience in Australia is required. Participants should have an interest in reproductive and sexual health and preferably have some basic experience in gynaecological examination. Participants should also be currently working in a field which will allow them to reinforce their clinical training, such as community based general practice or O&G.
Theory training is applied for on the assumption of the above and clinical sessions can be refused or terminated due to lack of basic competency.

Course Cost

$1955: 5-day theory course (includes a copy of Contraception: an Australian clinical practice handbook).

$1000: Clinical Placement (7 to 9 sessions)
Only applicable upon completion of the full Certificate course within last 12 months

Course Dates

Clinical Placement: FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors

Date: 31 December 2020

64C Woodville Road
Woodville SA 5011

Status: Closed

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