FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors


Our comprehensive course for doctors will expand your knowledge and develop practical skills in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care.

The FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors is a nationally accredited course consisting of a 5-day theoretical module followed by a clinical placement.

Course Outline

The FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors is awarded on successful completion of both the theoretical module and clinical placement.

Theoretical: The theoretical module consists of five days of in-person attendance at SHINE SA Woodville. Course content is delivered by a variety of speakers who are specialists in their field.  

Role-play exam: Role-play case exam comprising a doctor/patient scenario. Written exam: Open-book format (short answer and multiple-choice questions).


The theoretical module of this course covers the latest in clinical research, interactive case discussions, reflective learning and more.

Topics covered in the theory module include:

  • Contraception (including LARCs)*
  • Breast health
  • Common gynaecological problems
  • Menopause
  • Sexually transmitted infections including PEP/PrEP
  • Cervical screening guidelines
  • Fertility and subfertility
  • Sexual violence
  • Andrology and urology
  • Pregnancy options and abortion services
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vulval dermatology
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual and reproductive health within Aboriginal communities
  • Prolapse and incontinence.

*Please note: This certificate does not include certification in IUD or contraceptive implant insertion training. SHINE SA offers the following: IUD Insertion Training and Contraceptive Implant (Implanon NXT) Insertion Training.



To be eligible for the theoretical module of this course you must have:

  • a minimum of one year of postgraduate experience in community based general practice or obstetrics & gynaecology

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements but feel you have previous experience that is relevant to the course, you can apply for recognition of prior learning. Please submit a summary of this experience (no more than a single page) to courses@shinesa.org.au with a covering email.


To be eligible for the clinical training sessions you must:

  • have an interest in reproductive and sexual health and have basic experience in gynaecological examination
  • be currently working in a field that will allow you to reinforce clinical training, such as community based general practice or O&G
  • have current registration with AHPRA as a medical practitioner, contraceptive implant certification and current DCSI child related screening.


Clinical training sessions take place after completion of the 5-day theory course. The sessions are direct hands-on training at SHINE SA clinics, with support from senior SHINE SA clinicians.

SHINE SA is a secondary referral centre for sexual and reproductive health. The clinics will extend your practical skills and knowledge.

Clinical training is applied for on the assumption of the above eligibility criteria and can be refused or terminated due to lack of basic competency.

Once your application for clinical placement has been recieved it may take 4-6 weeks for you to be contacted by the Clinical Placement Coordinator. Clinical placement can be commenced up to 18 months after completing the theory training and due to high demand not all participants will be placed immediately after the course.

Course Details


The FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors is awarded on successful completion of both the theoretical and clinical modules.

A SHINE SA Statement of Attendance is awarded to participants who choose to only complete the theoretical module:

  • This education is a CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD Program.
  • This activity is accredited with ACRRM.


Course Cost

FPAA National Certificate Theoretical Module (5-day Face-to-Face Training): $2,250

Clinical Training Sessions (Clinical Placement): $1,200
Only applicable upon successful completion of the theoretical module within the last 12 months.

Course Dates

FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive & Sexual Health for Doctors

Date start: 12 August 2024
Date end: 16 August 2024
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

64C Woodville Road, Woodville

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