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SPME709 Women in Sport: Health Issues

The recognition and management of specific issues relating to the physically active female, including active leisure to high performance sport.

This paper will provide a framework for healthcare professionals and will address coaching and general mentorship roles. It will stimulate thought on a number of issues to complement other papers available from the schedule of postgraduate options. This paper could well be named "the active woman" because it will not necessarily focus solely on the female athlete. Rather it will address a number of contemporary issues that relate to all women who have an interest in the active lifestyle.

Paper title Women in Sport: Health Issues
Paper code SPME709
Subject Sports Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,562.50

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, MPhty, PGDipHealSc
Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (ie not open), and you must apply online with supporting documentation through eVision.

Criteria are:
  • Applicant has a bachelor's degree - preferably in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy or Sciences
  • Applicant is, or has been, working in a related field
  • Applicant has the ability to study at postgraduate level
International students must meet the University of Otago's admissions criteria.
Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne (
Teaching staff
Dr Hamish Osborne and guest lecturers
Paper Structure
Teaching Arrangements
This is a distance learning programme delivered by web conference in the evenings so that students can work and still study. Learning materials will be shared on Moodle.
Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine 4th Ed. Australia: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Course outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The aims of SPME 709 are to provide students with knowledge of:
  1. Some common clinical conditions and their association with women who participate in sport and physical activities
  2. The historical overview of women in sport, including attitudes to gender verification and participation in body contact sports like boxing and rugby football
  3. The shared professional responsibility of healthcare workers in areas of eating disorder and menstrual dysfunction
  4. Clinical problems of later life, including the relationship between exercise and pregnancy, menopause and bone health

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system