Sexual and Reproductive Health

Subject 505-533 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Classroom or Distance

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Classroom - 2 hours per week.
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional study (ie. outside the stated contact hours) of at least two hours for each hour of contact in this subject
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: It is not possible to do both this subject and 505-434 in the PG Cert of SH.
Core Participation Requirements: Special Computer Skills: Students will be expected to be proficient with a Web browser, e-mail application and word processing application prior to enrolment in this subject.


Sexual Health Unit
Subject Overview:

Topic-based seminar class on the common presenting complaints in sexual and reproductive health medicine, and the principles of diagnosis and treatment of these common sexual and reproductive health presentations. The student will gain an understanding of the wider issues of sexual and reproductive medicine in our society, and will understand the sexual health needs of specific groups within the community. The lecture topics include: contraception, gynaecological conditions and pelvic inflammatory disease, sexual assault, sexual dysfunction, unplanned pregnancy, adolescent sexual health, sexual health in midlife and beyond, gay, lesbian and transgender sexual health, vulval disorders, partner notification and contact tracing, vulval disorders and STIs in pregnancy. The subject will be offered via a standard classroom lecture format, and will also be offered via distance-education utilising CD-Rom or DVD and written material. This enables the subject to be offered to those living in regional and rural Australia.

Completion of this subject will enable the student to think more critically, improve their written and oral communication skills and incorporate evidence based information into their clinical practice. More specifically students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the sexual and reproductive health issues relevant to Australia and develop skills to independently reflect upon and analyse the barriers to optimum sexual and reproductive health for Australians

Assessment: Completion of 2 short answer questions (500 words each) for 10 weeks of each semester and a written discussion paper, totalling 3,000 words due at end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: Russell, D., Bradford, D. and Fairley, C., (Eds.) Sexual Health Medicine: A Clinical Approach, IP Communications, 2005. Special Computer Requirements: Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application, Web browser and CD ROM facility. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:

This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health and a core subject for Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (Sexual Health).

Subject Coordinator: Dr Hennie Williams 9341 6249

Subject Coordinator: Dr Hennie Williams, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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