Primary Certificate of Menopause and Women’s Health (Online) - Medicine

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Curriculum
Overview

The Primary Certificate of Menopause and Women's Health equips medical practitioners with the knowledge to manage the breadth of menopause-related symptoms often seen in older female patients in the primary care setting.


Delivered by a leading expert, the online course explores the diagnosis and management of perimenopause and menopause, including best practice guidelines for prescribing menopausal hormone therapy. You will also learn to manage premature ovarian insufficiency, as well as health risks and issues extending beyond the menopause, including urogenital issues, osteoporosis, cardiovascular risk, cognitive decline, depression, and persistent vasomotor symptoms.


Topic Covered

  • Menopause
  • Post-menopause health issues
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency


Acquire the knowledge to manage menopause-related symptoms seen in older female patients in primary care.


Delivered by a leading expert, this course explores the diagnosis and management of perimenopause and menopause in primary care setting.

  • This course is perfect for practitioners with no to little training in this area.
  • Provide support to female patients with menopausal concerns - health risks and issues extending beyond the menopause.
  • This course is for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, registered nurses and degree-qualified health professionals.
  • CPD-accredited.


Course Benefits

  • Learn the best practice guidelines for prescribing menopausal hormone therapy.
  • Acquire knowledge to manage premature ovarian insufficiency, urogenital issues, osteoporosis, cardiovascular risk, cognitive decline, depression, and persistent vasomotor symptoms.
  • Gain an insight into the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Women’s Health program by exploring one of the most prevalent topics in the field.
  • Receive partial Recognition of Prior Learning and cost savings towards the Professional Certificate.

Get unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support, and more.


Course Contents


Menopause

This module gives comprehensive information about the definitions, features and underlying causes of menopause and discusses the typical process and duration for each of the four stages: perimenopausal, menopausal, early postmenopausal and late postmenopausal. Methods for assessment and differential diagnosis of menopausal symptoms are outlined, including indications for further investigation. Four management options are addressed: lifestyle modifications, “natural” or complementary therapies, non-hormone pharmaceutical options and menopause hormone therapy (MHT). It covers existing research for complementary therapies and identifies potential benefits and limitations. Different types of MHT are reviewed including potential benefits and risks, safety considerations, and testing methods based on current evidence. It also acknowledges potential contraindications for MHT and statistics that suggest a lack of observable effectiveness in treating certain health conditions. In conclusion, the module outlines effective courses of action for adjusting treatment and managing complications.


Post-Menopause Health Issues

As estrogen deficiency begins to dominate in post menopause and women may experience health issues and escalated risks. This module examines the aetiology, compounding factors and socioeconomic burden, and considers the medical and complementary management of osteoporosis, genito-urinary syndrome, mood disorders and cardiovascular disease. It provides an outline of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis and fragility fractures. It discusses the tools to assess fracture risk as well as the criteria for, and interpretation of, DXA scans. Lifestyle interventions and pharmacotherapy are also considered. general care, non-hormonal measures and the role of topical or systemic estrogen therapy. Gentio-urinary syndrome caused by the hypogenic state of post menopause is discussed. The importance of a mental health assessment for post-menopausal women is emphasized including risk factors and management of depression and anxiety. The module concludes with an overview of cardiovascular disease, the risk factors (including the impact of estrogen deficiency), and the evidence and parameters for hormone therapy.


Premature Ovarian Insufficiency

In the first unit of this module definitions of early and premature menopause are given. Risk factors and causes of spontaneous POI are listed. Iatrogenic POI, caused by chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery is mentioned. Information about clinical presentations of POI, diagnosis criteria, patient history, examinations, investigations and ongoing monitoring are listed in unit 2. Health consequences may include psychological distress, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, sexual dysfunction and other health concerns. Finally, management of POI from initiating care and coordinating care (may include a multidisciplinary approach. Information is provided on managing symptoms of menopause, sexual health difficulties and psychological issues. When managing patients with this condition, consideration needs to be given regarding prevention of bone loss, osteoporosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease.


Study Modes


100% Online

Study at your own pace and to your own schedule.

  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions with your peers.
  • Attend or watch recordings of live tutorials with experts in this field.
  • Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD hours and certificate.


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Pre- and Post-Course Information


Entry Requirements

This course is for medical practitioners who wish to support their female patients with menopausal concerns in primary care.

This course is for physicians and degree-qualified health professionals. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.

Professionally recognized qualifications and prior studies may be recognized for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


Recognized Prior Learning (RPL)

This Primary Certificate course allows you to gain an insight into the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Women’s Health program by exploring one of the most prevalent topics in the field. Should you wish to fast-track your studies and receive financial credit into further courses, you may complete this Primary Certificate course and receive partial Recognition of Prior Learning and cost savings towards the Professional Certificate of Women’s Health, which is stage one of the three-part Professional Diploma program in Women’s Health (quality-assured by Bond University).


Certification

This certificate course meets the minimum 50 hours CPD annual requirement across all three mandatory CPD activity types, provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of five hours is completed. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Primary Certificate of Menopause and Women's Health, and CPD hours.

This certificate course:

  • Is a self-submitted activity for CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Is a self-submitted activity for points from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognized by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognizes all courses
  • endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit HealthCert's FAQs.


Pathways

Pathway to the Professional Certificate of Women's Health

This online three-part program consists of the Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Professional Diploma of Women’s Health. Entry to the full three-part Professional Diploma of Women's Health pathway (Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Professional Diploma) is possible with partial Recognition of Prior Learning from this Primary Certificate. This will reduce the time it takes to complete the full pathway.

Postgraduate scholarships from the Professional Diploma of Women's Health

HealthCert graduates who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Women's Health three-part program receive a scholarship of up to £500 (approximately $1,000) towards the Master of Science in Women's Health. The postgraduate course is offered entirely online through DiplomaMSc in the UK and awarded by the University of South Wales. Ask an Education Advisor for more details.


Providers Terms

Course Transfers


Face to Face Courses

Course transfers for Face to Face practical workshops are available, subject to requests being received, in writing, a minimum of 10 business days prior to workshop commencement. Transfer requests received after 10 business days prior to workshop commencement will incur an Administration Fee of $250.

Transfers will be subject to availability in the future workshops. If the future workshop has a cost differential, that price will apply, and any additional charges will be payable at the time of the transfer request.

One workshop transfer, per course is allowed. Further transfers will be considered upon application and may be charged at 25% of a full new workshop booking rate.


Online Courses

Transfers for Online courses are available subject to requests being received, in writing, within 7 days of enrolment. Transfer requests received after the 7 days post enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $200. One course transfer request, per course is allowed.

If the future course being transferred to, has a cost differential, that price will apply, and any additional charges will be payable at the time of the course transfer request.


Online Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation and a full refund of the course fees will be provided if a request is received, in writing, a maximum of 7 days after course enrolment. Refund requests received later than 7 days after course enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $250. Upon cancellation and full refund of the course enrolment, you will not receive a certificate or accreditation points.


Bundle Courses

Courses purchased as part of a bundle attract a discount. This discount is apportioned to the final course in the bundle in the cases of cancellations and refunds. Therefore, cancellation and refund requests of a course that have been purchased as part of a bundle are refunded based on the first and/or second course being charged at the full price rate. Any courses remaining in the bundle can be refunded provided the request is received, in writing, a maximum of 7 days after course enrolment. Refund requests received later than 7 days after course enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $250.

Tickets:

Course Fee

USD $297Book

Key Details

Contact Hours:

30.5 hrs

Format:

Online Lectures

Duration:

Multiple Days

Lecture Videos
Compatability:

All Devices

Language:

English

Subtitles:

Not Available

HealthCert Education
Email
Speakers:
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A/Prof. Debbie Kors

MBBS (first class honours), General practitioner and GP supervisor

Associate Professor Debbie Kors is the founder and joint owner of a private teaching general practice in Port Macquarie, Australia. She works there as a general practitioner and GP supervisor of GP registrars and medical students.
A/Prof Kors is a passionate advocate for the profession of general practice. She is a Conjoint Associate Professor in Primary Health Care at the UNSW Rural Clinical School, Port Macquarie campus and has previously worked as a senior medical educator with North Coast GP Training. In 2010, she was nominated for and won the General Practice Education and Training GP Supervisor of the Year award.
A/Prof Kors holds a MBBS (first class honours), Fellowship of the RACGP, Masters of Family Medicine (clinical), Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Graduate Diploma of Medical Education and a Certificate of Family Planning.

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