Well Women's Screening

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Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT is the leader in integrated sexual and reproductive health workforce development, including post-graduate sexual and reproductive health education for nurses and doctors in the ACT region. High quality continuing professional development for the nursing and allied health workforce is central to SHFPACT’s strategic directions to ensure continuing access by the ACT community to high quality sexual and reproductive health services.

SHFPACT offers a Well Women's Screening Course specifically designed and developed to provide nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives working in primary health care with the skills and knowledge required to undertake Pap tests and comprehensive well women's screening consultations.

Course aim:

The aim of this course is to equip registered nurses, registered midwives and enrolled nurses with the knowledge, skills needed to achieve competency as a Nurse Pap Test Provider providing well women's screening consistent with the National Standards for Nurse Pap Test Providers (1997).

Learning outcomes:

By the completion of this course, participants will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate confidence and competence in performing cervical screening in the context of well women’s screening;
  • Demonstrate accurate history taking skills and clear documentation for a well women’s screen;
  • Articulate the preventative health issues relevant to a well women’s screen, including contraceptive information; STI information; screening for chlamydia: breast health; continence information and education; and menopause information.

Course Structure:

This course is structured as a mixed delivery program with a distance component, a face to face workshop and a clinical placement.

Distance: Readings and Workbook

Approximately 20 hours of course readings and workbook assessment activities undertaken over an 8 week period covering:

  • The role of the Nurse Pap Test Provider
  • The role and scope of the nurse Pap test provider & medico legal issues;
  • Human Sexuality and attitudes and values;
  • Female sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology revision;
  • A well woman’s screening consultation- history taking & documentation;
  • Introduction to sexually transmissible infections and screening for chlamydia;
  • Introduction to contraception;
  • Breast health and continence advice and education;
  • Menopause;
  • Cervical cancer, HPV and the cervical screening program;
  • Taking a Pap test, Pap test results and management of results. 

Face to face workshop

A one day interactive workshop covering the following topics:

  • A well woman’s screening consultation: history taking & documentation for a well woman’s screen;
  • Pap test results, abnormal results, management, follow–up & recall;
  • STIs and screening for chlamydia;
  • Breast health and teaching breast awareness;
  • Continence information and education;
  • Taking a pap Test: protocol, equipment, technique & procedure;
  • Skills practice and tutor client session

NB: Some areas are covered in both readings/workbook and face-to-face training.

Clinical Placement

This is a supervised clinical placement of approximately 20 hours. Nurses work in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of experienced SHFPACT clinical assessor/trainers in a model of guided clinical practice leading towards clinical competency as set down by the National Standards for Nurse Pap Smear Providers (1997).

The clinical placement is undertaken at SHFPACT and comprises:

  • Observation of experienced sexual and reproductive health nurses performing well women’s screening consultations and Pap tests;
  • Performing a minimum of 15 Pap test to a competent standard;
  • Completing the following clinical competencies:
  • Pap test consultation and technique
  • Screening for chlamydia
  • Breast health and breast awareness education
  • Continence information and education

It is anticipated participants will complete their clinical placements within six months of commencement of the theory component of the course.

Endorsement and CPD hours:
This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.

 APNA Endorsed 2016

Course cost:
The cost of the Well Women’s Screening Course, including theory, clinical training and all course materials.Payment is due with course registration. 

  • Early bird: $995
    Closes 15th October 2017
  • Course cost: $1,195
    Registration closes 15th December 2017

Course dates:

  • Distance component commences: 13 February 2018

  • Face to Face Workshop: Monday 1 May 2018

  • Clinical Placements from 2 May 2018

If you are interested in registering for the 2018 course or would like more information please contact Hilary Freeman, Nurse Education Coordinator:

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Telephone: 02 6163-3432

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