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GENA702 Sexual and Reproductive Health

Principles of reproductive health care over the life cycle in different settings (e.g. adults, adolescents, travellers, MSM, early pregnancy). Topics include: STIs, epidemiology, screening, prevention and treatment, contraception, sexual abuse, legislation and ethics.

Sexual and reproductive health incorporates many aspects of core primary care professional practice, especially for younger people, vulnerable populations and other groups with particular needs. This paper extends and updates approaches, knowledge and skills for experienced primary care professionals, especially nurses and doctors, but all primary health care professionals who work directly with clients/patients will find it valuable.

Paper title Sexual and Reproductive Health
Paper code GENA702
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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GENX 702
Limited to
Includes residential period/s.
Suitable to health professionals from a range of disciplines.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff

Convenors: Professor Sue Pullon and Dr Pauline Horrill

Paper Structure

Elective paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC).
Elective paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC).
May also be appropriate as an elective paper for other qualifications on request.

The paper covers:

  • Principles of sexual and reproductive health
  • Sexually transmitted infections - epidemiology, diagnosis and management
  • Contraception and first trimester pregnancy care, including approaches, options, prenatal diagnosis, contraceptive efficacy and appropriate prescribing
  • Sexual assault care, including recognition, sensitive and appropriate management, legal and forensic considerations
  • Needs of particular populations, including LGBTQI, adolescents, sex workers, refugees and migrants and international travellers
Teaching Arrangements

Residential conference in Wellington (subject to confirmation). Other teaching done via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.

All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts and current areas of debate relevant to the provision of sexual and reproductive primary health care in New Zealand.

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

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