Certificate in Sexual Health for Registered Nurses and Midwives

This interactive 5-day course for registered nurses and midwives supports a comprehensive understanding of sexual and reproductive health.

Course Outline

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 and clinical placement.

The theoretical component of this course includes online learning modules followed by the 5-day face to face course.

The compulsory online pre-reading and activities are to be completed and assessed before attending the course. These activities are provided one month prior to attendance.

The course involves six theory modules that are presented over 5 consecutive days.


Theory Modules

  • 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


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 clinical placement equates to 7 days which may be offered as full or half day sessions. This will occur over a 2-3 week period and 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

Course Details

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

A Certificate in Sexual Health (theory only) is awarded on completion of the theory course (all six modules).

Course Cost

Certificate in Sexual Health Theory Course: $1415

Certificate in Sexual Health Clinical Placement: $2355

Course Dates

Certificate in Sexual Health for Registered Nurses and Midwives

Date start: 06 June 2022
Date end: 10 June 2022
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

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