150992 - Cervical Screening Provider Course
The course comprises an online learning package and an 8.5 hour face-to-face workshop. The workshop includes consultation, opportunistic STI testing and clinical skills development. The course is suitable for registered nurses/midwives, doctors and enrolled nurses. Participants who work within a general practice or who require cervical screening skills as part of their practice will benefit most from the course.Relevance to General Practice
GPs who are new to practising need to obtain particular skills relating to cervical screening. An additional 2,612 General Practitioners registered with the Medical Board for the 3 month period ended 31 Mar 2018 alone, which takes Australia’s total number of active GPs to 40,588. Approximately one quarter of Australian GP registrars are International Medical Graduates (IMGs). A recent systematic review identified challenges faced by IMGs undertaking training; these included language and communication skills and ability to interact with a wide range of people. These skills are an essential part of cervical screening consultation and additional training is often required by IMGs to discuss sexual health comfortably with clients.
Since the National Cervical Screening Program was first implemented in Australia in 1991, death rates have halved. It is imperative that GPs continue to have the skills to provide this very important preventative health program.