EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Updated March 2021

There are many Australian courses for nurses in the field of HIV, blood bourne viruses, and sexual and reproductive health.

Short Courses

Australian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

 Training provided online and face to face at the national level or Queensland, ACT, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Subject areas include HIV, HCV, HBV, STIs/BBV, as well as specific nursing and midwifery courses. Offers courses for nurses in the following areas:

  • Curing hepatitis C in primary care (online) – nurse practitioners
  • HCV in Drug and Alcohol settings (proposed course)
  • Corrections webinar: opportunities and solutions for HCV care in custodial settings
  • Hepatitis B nursing: addressing the silent epidemic in primary care
  • STI and BBV Nursing: an introduction
  • STI and BBV Nursing: management and care
  • Sexual health in primary care

Huge array of free online courses that nurses can be accessed for FREE!

ASHM/SSHC Clinical Education sessions are held weekly.

Kirby Seminar Talks: webinar access to selected education seminars at the Kirby Institute for 2019.

HIV, HBV, HCV and STI Training ASHM

The courses below are listed by each state and territory, however they may be open to nurses from other jurisdictions.

New South Wales

Albion Street Centre

Offers courses for nurses in the following areas:

  • HIV and Hepatitis testing, informed consent and giving results;
  • ABC of ARVs – HIV treatment for healthcare workers
  • HIV and ageing
  • Management of Exposures to Blood Borne Pathogens

The Albion Centre – Education & Development (elearn.net.au)

Family Planning NSW

Offers courses for nurses in the following areas

  • Contraceptive implant insertion and removal training
  • IUD insertion training
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinical Accreditation Program (RSH-CAP) Theory Online
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Professional development for Nurses and Midwives Online
  • Masterclass interactive webinar: vulval dermatology, infertility and pre-conception including genetic carrier screening
  • Masterclass Webcasts: cervical screening and colposcopy; hormonal IUDs; menopause, Abortion a GPs toolkit

https://www.fpnsw.org.au/education-training/courses

ACON (NSW)

Online courses for a range of service providers:

  • LGBTQ Introduction
  • Asking questions on gender and sexuality
  • LGBTQ inclusive practice
  • LGBTQ Inclusive Practice in the aged care sector
  • eLearning for GPs: suicide prevention for lesion, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people

https://www.pridetraining.org.au/

Western Australia

Offers a broad range of courses for doctors, nurses, community workers and educators as well as counselling courses.

  • Contraceptive implant insertion and removal training
  • IUD insertion training
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health training – general or cervical screening
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Clinical update session – contraception
  • STIs in WA for Primary Care
  • STARS – Start Talking About Relationships and Sex with Aboriginal people
  • LGBTI+ diversity workplace training

Sexual Health Quarters  https://shq.org.au/

Queensland

True Relationships and Reproductive Health provides course online or based in Brisbane

Courses for nurses in the following areas:

  • Cervical screening
  • Contraceptive implant insertion and removal training
  • IUD insertion training
  • Introduction to Reproductive and Sexual Health training – with multiple modules
  • Migrant and refugee sexual and reproductive health
  • Responding to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting/Circumcision
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Genital dermatology

https://www.true.org.au/Education/course-catalogue?2-traversablecategories=9

Central Queensland University (CQU) has short courses related to sexual health

https://www.cqu.edu.au/search-cqu?query=sexual+health&f.Category%7C2019-cqu-internet=Information&collection=2019-cqu-meta

Victoria

Family Planning Victoria

Offers courses for nurses in the following areas:

  • Cervical screening
  • Comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (nursing course
  • Contraception
  • Copper IUD insertion course (for candidates who are already inserting hormonal IUDs)
  • Implanon NXT insertion and removal training course for registered nurses & midwives
  • Let’s talk about sex: addressing the needs of young people (nursing)
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Vulvovaginal health

https://www.fpv.org.au/professional-learning-support/professional-learning/nurses-midwives

The Women’s: The Royal Women’s Hospital in Victoria

https://www.thewomens.org.au/health-professionals/clinical-education-training

Postgraduate courses in sexual health

NSW

Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health), University of Sydney https://www.sydney.edu.au/courses/courses/pc/master-of-medicine-sexual-and-reproductive-health.html

Graduate Certificate (Sexual and Reproductive Health), University of Sydney

https://www.sydney.edu.au/courses/courses/pc/graduate-certificate-in-medicine-sexual-and-reproductive-health.html

Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinical Accreditation Program (RSH-CAP) at Family Planning NSW is affiliated with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

https://www.fpnsw.org.au/reproductive-and-sexual-health-clinical-accreditation-program-theory-only

Victoria

Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health, University of Melbourne

https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/graduate/graduate-certificate-in-sexual-health/

Graduate Certificate in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/graduate-certificate-in-sex-health-and-society

Postgraduate qualifications that may be of interest to those working in sexual health

 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine is run through Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) and enables nurses to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

http://www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au/sexual-assault-courses/

 Master of Public Health courses are run in universities in all states and territories. MPH contains courses that are highly relevant to the field of sexual health and HIV and there are often electives in these fields.

The Australian Society for Sexologists provides good information on training to be a sexologist.

https://societyaustraliansexologists.org.au/how-to-become-a-sexologist/


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