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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Subject General Practice
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    GENX 702
    Limited to
    PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
    Includes residential period/s.

    Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

    Teaching staff

    Convenors: Dr Rona Carroll
    Serena Moran

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers:

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

    This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    The in-person component is a two-day compulsory block course workshop held on-campus in Wellington (dates to be confirmed). The block course may be shifted online depending on pandemic restrictions.

    Other teaching is 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.


    Semester 1

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