Intrauterine Device Training in General Practice will provide GPs who have been providing regular women's health examinations for at least six months, the theory and practical skills to insert IUD's.
Relevance to General Practice
Long acting reversible contraception is being promoted as first line contraception for Australian women.
This includes both the contraceptive implant, known as Implanon (for which an extensive training program already exists) and Intrauterine devices (IUDs) which in Australia include both hormone releasing Mirena device and two forms of Copper containing IUD, Cu TT380 and Multiload.
Few Australian General Practitioners are trained to insert IUDs and the capacity to provide services is low. This is a safe skill for appropriately trained GP’s to provide and the model of training this activity will use is to train GP’s who have undertaken a predisposing activity and attended a small group interactive theory review session to insert devices for their own patients in their own practices.
- Explain the use of IUDs and their contraindications
- Demonstrate a systematic approach to pre-IUD insertion assessment and counselling, using checklists and consent forms
- Demonstrate competence and skills in IUD insertion
- Identify and discuss management of IUD related issues
- Review the location and use of emergency equipment for patient safety during IUD insertion
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health
- General practice teaching