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185812 - Contraception

  • : Online

This course is designed for doctors wanting to develop or update their knowledge on current contraceptive options available in Australia. The course provides information on mode of action, efficacy, benefits, side effects and possible complications of available contraceptive options. Course participants will learn how to safely apply this knowledge in the clinical setting. The course includes:
• Overview including contraception options and initiation
• Long acting reversible contraception – IUDs and the contraceptive implant
• Non long acting reversible contraception – pills, vaginal ring and injectable contraception
• Non-hormonal forms of contraception -barrier, permanent methods and fertility awareness
• Emergency contraception
• Use of contraception in special circumstances including young people, the perimenopause, people with chronic medical conditions and contraception after pregnancy
• Management of side effects
• Medical Eligibility Criteria and contraindications

Relevance to General Practice

The contraception course enhances the ability of GPs to provide broad based contraceptive counselling. Contraception consultations are a common presentation to general practice. There is an increasing recognition that uptake of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) is cost effective and reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy. This course covers all areas of contraception with an emphasis on the importance of incorporating LARC discussion in all relevant clinical encounters. The course uses multi-modality educational activities to provide GPs with skills to manage common contraception problems and to be able to prescribe with safety in special situations such as diabetes and obesity, that are commonly encountered in a general practice setting.

Learning outcomes
  • Appraise contraceptive options according to safety for use
  • Compare mechanism of action, advantages and disadvantages of each contraceptive option
  • Compare contraceptive methods based on efficacy
  • Assess and manage common contraceptive complications and side effects
  • Implement contraception guidelines and resources to a variety of clinical case scenarios.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Men's health
    • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
    • Women's health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
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    185812 - Contraception
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    7 hours
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    40 cpd
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