Certificate in Sexual Health & CPD Modules

This interactive course for registered nurses and midwives supports a comprehensive understanding of sexual and reproductive health.

The Certificate in Sexual Health equips nurses and midwives with detailed knowledge and clinical skills in sexual and reproductive health. The Certificate is undertaken in two stages with a theoretical component (online learning modules and workshops) and clinical placement.

For those interested in specific Certificate modules these can be enrolled in individually (all participants must undertake the Core Concepts module as a pre-requisite).

Course Outline

The theoretical component of this course includes online learning modules (readings and assessments) as well as face-to-face workshops covering the following module topics.

The theoretical component involves six modules that are presented over five consecutive days.

Compulsory online pre-reading and activities are assessed prior to attendance at the workshops. These activities are provided one month prior to the workshops.


Theory Modules

  • Core Concepts in Sexual Health
    (pre-requisite: must be completed prior to other modules)
  • Reproductive Health
  • Breast Health and Gynaecology
  • Introduction to Sexual Health Counselling
  • Andrology, Urology and Related Conditions
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood-Borne Viruses


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To be eligible for the theoretical component you must have:

  • current unrestricted registration with AHPRA as a registered nurse or midwife
  • a minimum of two years full-time (or equivalent) post-registration experience
  • detailed knowledge of reproductive anatomy and physiology


To be eligible for the clinical training sessions you must:

  • have completed the Certificate in Sexual Health theory component or recognised equivalent with a minimum 70% grade within the preceding 12 months
  • currently work in a setting that allows immediate application of skills
  • have Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • current DCSI child related screening


Clinical placements are prioritised for those who work in a related area with SHINE SA’s communities of interest, or have demonstrated a commitment to sexual health nursing/midwifery.


The optional clinical placement aims to consolidate the theory component and prepare registered nurses and midwives to become skilled in the area of sexual health. Non-judgmental, sensitive and inclusive care is modelled while developing competence in clinical procedures. Graduates also develop skills in individual client education and will have access to comprehensive information and resources.

The 54 hours clinical placement over a 2-3 week period will be negotiated on an individual basis for successful applicants. Leave from the applicant’s workplace may need to be arranged to enable this placement.

Experienced sexual health RN/Ms provide mentorship throughout the placement, which uses the ASHNNA competencies for assessment.

Acceptance into the clinical component is via individual application and cannot be guaranteed.

Assessment of the clinical component includes:

  • pre-clinical review assessment and development of personal learning objectives
  • clinical portfolio: assessment of specific practice skills and ASHHNA competencies
  • post-clinical reflective practice assignment

The theory modules may also be undertaken individually as Continuing Professional Development. If selecting individual modules, a separate enrolment form needs to be completed for each module. Note: Core Concepts is a mandatory module as it is a pre-requisite to all other modules. A Statement of Attendance with CPD hours will be issued following successful completion.

Theory Module Outline:

Core Concepts in Sexual Health

Reproductive Health

Breast Health and Gynaecology

Introduction to Sexual Health Counselling

Andrology, Urology and Related Conditions

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood-Borne Viruses




The Certificate in Sexual Health is awarded on successful completion of both the theoretical and clinical aspects of the course.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on completion of the theory course (all six modules).

Course Cost

Certificate in Sexual Health Theory Course: $1415

Individual Theory Modules (Full Day): $295

Individual Theory Modules (Half Day): $155

Certificate in Sexual Health Clinical Placement: $2355

Course Dates

Certificate in Sexual Health Theory & CPD Modules

Date start: 10 May 2021
Date end: 14 May 2021

SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Status: Closed

For enquiries, please email courses@shinesa.org.au or call 8300 5318.