Course Date(s)

Course Date(s) Duration Location Availability
Mon 24 MayWed 26 May 2021 3 days Box Hill Fully booked
Mon 23 AugWed 25 Aug 2021 3 Days eLearning Open now

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Course overview

This course delivers the theoretical and clinical knowledge required to become a nurse cervical screening provider. Course content is based on the Australian National Cervical Screening Program.

'Thoroughly enjoyed this course, it was a breath of fresh air, so well facilitated and succinct. I love doing CST and knowing that this can saves lives.'

— 2020 course attendee

Course components and time commitment

  • Face-to-face training: three days (100% attendance required). Includes lectures, demonstrations, workshops, group work and role-play.
  • Tutor client session: 45 minutes within face-to-face training days.
  • Online learning and assessment: to be completed within three months of the face-to-face training.
  • Development of clinical competency in providing cervical screening through clinical placements with a Victorian Preceptor Program (VPP) approved preceptor. A minimum of five unassisted cervical screenings are required to meet competency. A final assessment occurs with a Family Planning Victoria (FPV) approved preceptor and must be completed within six months of the face-to-face training.

Tutor client session

This 45-minute session provides an opportunity to practice new clinical skills in a supported learning environment.

Tutor clients are employed by FPV to role-play the part of a client presenting for cervical screening. You will perform a cervical screening consultation, examine the vulva, pass a speculum and mimic taking a cervical screening test. Sessions are facilitated by an FPV clinic nurse.

Tutor client sessions are a valuable learning opportunity and provide a unique three-way feedback process between all parties: facilitator, tutor client and student.

Tutor client sessions are held during the face-to-face training. Attendance is compulsory.

Course content

  • Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in relation to cervical screening.
  • The impact of human papillomavirus.
  • Primary and secondary prevention of cervical cancer and population-based screening.
  • Cervical screening consultation and communication skills.
  • Screening vulnerable and diverse populations.
  • Management of results and your medico-legal responsibilities.
  • Introduction to contraception and sexually transmissible infection.

Entry requirements / Eligibility

  • Registered nurses (Division 1) and registered midwives (Division 1) from all States and Territories are eligible to complete the course.
  • Evidence of current national registration through Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be required as part of registration process.
  • At least one-year of post qualification health care experience.
  • FPV requires a National Criminal History Check (Police Check) to be conducted prior to all students completing clinical placements.
  • Training may be considered for other health care professionals. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and enrolled nurses (Division 2).
  • Cervical screening: Nurse scholarships
    Cervical screening: Nurse scholarships
    Cancer Council Victoria offers financial assistance for Victorian Registered Nurses (Division 1) to become cervical screening providers. For more information, please visit

https://www.cancervic.org.au/f...



Who would benefit from this course?

Registered nurses and midwives wanting to provide cervical screening.

Outcomes

Total Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours: 24

Cost

$1675 (GST does not apply)

Location

901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

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Contact us

Clinical Education Unit

Telephone: 03 9257 0129 

Fax: 03 9257 0111 

Email: clinicaleducation@fpv.org.au