Clinical Sexual & Reprod Hlth for Nurses

Subject 505-534 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

March, - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact time is 30 hours over 5 days (6 hours per day)
Total Time Commitment: In addition an expected 2 hours of work per hour of contact time of reading and working on assignments is expected. Total time commitment for semester is therefore 90 hours minimum.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 505-433 & 505-533 Sexual and Reproductive Health
Core Participation Requirements:

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.

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.


Dr Henrietta Megan Williams


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

School of Population Health

Subject Overview:

The topics covered include sexually transmissible infections (prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment), contraceptive choices for women during their reproductive life and the theory and rationale behind the provision and performance of Pap smears. Nurses will be able to gain the theoretical knowledge necessary to gain their Pap smear provider accreditation. The lecture topics include: introduction to sexual health, screening and public health control of STIs, the Pap smear and the pap screening programme, STI management including presentation, diagnosis and treatment, contraception, unplanned pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, sexual assault, HIV & Hepatitis, breast health and the development of policies relevant to sexual and reproductive health issues in the work place.

  • understand the basic clinical issues relevant to nurses in providing sexual and reproductive health services.
  • enable participants to undergo clinical supervision in Pap smear provision at MSHC (or elsewhere) under the supervision of appropriately trained preceptors in order to achieve accreditation as a Pap smear provider. There is no extra charge for this practical component of the course.

4 short answer questions, 1000 words in total mid semester (20%), group presentation during block teaching (10%) and 3000 word assignment end of semester (70%).

Prescribed Texts:

Russell, D., Bradford, D. and Fairley, C., (Eds.) Sexual Health Medicine: A Clinical Approach, IP Communications, 2005.

Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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