Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health

Subject POPH90070 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Parkville - 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 Williams


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Tel: +61 3 9341 6249/6200
Fax: +61 3 9347 6757


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview: This is a public health and clinical subject for health professionals working or hoping to work in the area of sexual and reproductive health. It covers the following topics :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 who complete this subject will gain the theoretical knowledge necessary to undertake the clinical component for Pap smear provider accreditation. The lecture topics in the subject 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.
Objectives: On completing this subject students should understand clinical issues relevant to health professionals in providing sexual and reproductive health services.

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
Generic Skills: -
Links to further information:

This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Sexual Health

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