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Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health)

Fast track your career in sexual and reproductive health, psychosexual therapy/sexology and HIV/STIs.

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Overview

The postgraduate program in sexual and reproductive health provides a diverse and inter-professional curriculum suitable for Australian and international students interested in the range of disciplines related to HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health.

Globally, the challenges of sexual and reproductive health including HIV/STIs, infertility, and unintended pregnancy continue to be a significant public health issue. Challenges to sexual function and wellbeing also impacts on the health of individuals. Comprehensive prevention and treatment of sexual and reproductive  health issues requires a thorough understanding of the psychosocial contexts in which they occur as well as the biological and diagnostic aspects of sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

The postgraduate program in sexual and reproductive health enables students to address these challenges through a range of units, with an option to choose one of four distinct pathways:

  • HIV and STIs
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Reproductive health and fertility
  • Public health.

Compulsory and stream specific units of study provide students with foundational competence in these areas, while a wide range of electives creates the opportunity for students to further explore areas of interest. The interprofessional and multidisciplinary structure encourages students to develop effective collaborative approaches to employment in a variety of healthcare settings.

The program is designed to provide the maximum professional relevance, flexibility and choice. All units of study engage the current evidence base and encourage critical engagement with the evidence. To facilitate the best educational and professional outcomes from their studies, each student is advised to discuss their unit of study choices with a pathway coordinator before the commencement of each semester. The program also provides opportunities for students to transition to higher degree research candidature.

Who should study this course? 

This course is for medical graduates who are interested in working in the field of HIV and STIs, psychosexual therapy/sexology, sexual and reproductive health.

Subject areas

There is an option to choose one of four distinct pathways listed below. Compulsory and stream specific units of study provide students with foundational competence in these areas, while a wide range of electives creates the opportunity for students to further explore areas of interest.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) requires completion of 24 credit points of stream specific units of study. 

Graduates will have opportunities to:

  • Develop high levels of knowledge and appropriate skills in dealing with the psychosocial contexts, effective prevention strategies and management techniques for HIV, STIs, Sexual and Reproductive Health issues;
  • Learn to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams on the practical challenges faced by professionals working in these areas;
  • Acquire skills recognised as essential components of the professional training in HIV and STIs,  sexology/sexual health counselling/psychosexual therapy and reproductive health and fertility and
  • Learn to critically evaluate relevant research and contribute to the growing body of evidence-based, effective interventions.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Medicine requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.

Professional accreditation

Components of the degree count towards formal study requirements for the Advanced Training of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Completing the Master’s in the Psychosexual Therapy Pathway meets the sexological education and training requirements for professional accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists and ASSERT NSW.

Future study options

Students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate are eligible to enrol in the Graduate Diploma or Masters. Opportunities for further study through research degrees are also available to students. Key study areas are: HIV and STIs Psychosexual Therapy and Sexual Wellbeing Reproductive Health and Fertility Students who wish to undertake further study may be able to apply for the Master of Philosophy. Students who complete the Master of Medicine (Advanced) may be eligible to apply directly to a PhD or a Master of Philosophy.

Graduate opportunities

The Sexual and Reproductive Health program prepares graduates to work in advanced and specialist positions in sexual and reproductive health, depending on your pathway.

Career options include:

Sexual health medicine HIV medicine Sexual health nursing
Fertility medicine Reproductive medicine Women’s health
Psychosexual therapy Sexual health counselling Fertility specialists

Program Director

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Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar

Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar is a physician working in HIV, STIs and sexual health. He has extensive experience in clinical practice, education and research in diverse settings. His research interests include global health education, management of HIV and STIs in primary care, molecular epidemiology of HIV, STIs and HIV in culturally and linguisticallly diverse populations. 

Given the importance of HIV and other STIs to public health in Australia and worldwide, Dr Sawleshwarkar is passionate about developing educational and research partnerships for global health. As coordinator of the biomedical stream of Sydney Medical School’s Masters program in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, he has helped internationalise the curriculum. 

Student experience

Irvin Romyco

Irvin Romyco
Master in Medicine (Advanced) in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, commenced in 2016

"I came to study at the University of Sydney because I wanted to connect with the brightest minds and leading experts in the field of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. At Sydney Medical School, I learned from experts and industry guest speakers about their management, latest research and evidence-based medicine applicability in the related areas.

The course is well integrated and covers all aspect of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, from the program and management of the Australian health system and networks, to the grassroots level of the field perspective such as social workers outreach programs.The school offers approachable lecturers and a supportive learning environment."

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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