Certificate of Women’s Health
The Certificate of Women’s Health equips you with the knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality health outcomes for women in all areas of Australia and New Zealand.
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If you’re interested in applying for the Certificate of Women’s Health, please visit our Prospective Trainees page.
The Certificate of Women’s Health training program involves approximately three months of either practice-based or hospital-based training at an accredited training site, under the supervision of a training mentor.
It can be taken on its own, or in combination with the Diploma and/or Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG.
Following successful completion of the Certificate of Women’s Health, you will be qualified to deliver shared antenatal and postnatal care, office gynaecology and family planning.
Please refer to the documents below for more information on the Certificate of Women’s Health training program processes and curriculum.
HANDBOOK AND CURRICULUM
HANDBOOK AND CURRICULUM
Training and assessments
To receive the Certificate of Women’s Health, you must satisfactorily complete all requirements outlined below within two years of commencing training.
|Family planning||≥ 12 consultations|
|Antenatal care||≥ 70 consultations|
|Gynaecological||≥ 70 consultations|
|Logbook||Record of training experience, workplace-based assessments, workshop participation and monthly logbook checks by the training mentor|
|Workplace-based assessments||Three paper-based assessments of clinical and procedural skills|
|Training program||Medical termination of pregnancy (mTOP)|
|Written examination||100 multiple-choice questions (2 hrs, 15 mins)|
|Workshop||Women’s Health Practical Skills|
Requirement: Submission of logbook, signed off monthly by your training mentor.
The logbook is a daily record of your procedural and other training experiences. It’s used to monitor your experience and ensure that it’s appropriate for your level of training, by the following:
Detailed instructions on how to document and submit your training assessments can be found in the logbook, which is also available to download:
Requirement: Three assessments, documented using the corresponding forms and within your logbook.
A workplace-based assessment is a paper-based evaluation of your clinical skills during a normal working day. During a patient encounter or procedure, a suitable assessor will utilise the relevant form to assess your performance against the standards described for each criterion.
A suitable assessor is one who has worked with you and can make a balanced and informed judgement of your performance. In addition to your training mentor, this could be another ‘teacher’ who has guided and supported your knowledge and skill development.
For example, other consultants or registrars who are RANZCOG members, and have been approved by your training mentor to act as assessors.
Detailed instructions on how to conduct each assessment can be found on the corresponding forms. It’s imperative that trainees and mentors familiarise themselves with the instructions, assessment criteria and clinical descriptors of ratings before undertaking a workplace-based assessment.
Further details of the workplace-based assessments can be found in the Certificate of Women’s Health Curriculum.
Please follow the links below for more information:
Online mTOP training course
Requirement: Record of attendance, documented within your logbook.
For trainees commencing from 1st January 2022.
Requirement: 100 multiple-choice questions (2 hrs 15 mins).
Please follow the link below for information and resources relating to examination applications, preparation and results, including key dates and contacts.
The five online modules provide access to a range of dynamic resources and learning tasks. Each module is mapped to the curriculum, with clearly stated learning outcomes.
Trainees can access and complete the modules in any order, and at their own pace, via the RANZCOG e-learning system, Acquire.
The subject areas for each module are as follows:
CWH1: Basic skills
Social, cultural, ethical and legal issues pertaining to women’s health
CWH2: Introduction to antenatal and postnatal care
Preconception and early pregnancy counselling
Routine antenatal care
Common problems during pregnancy and the puerperium
CWH3: Special topics in antenatal and postnatal care
Initial management of postnatal depression
CWH4: Introduction to gynaecology
Family planning counselling and contraception
Sexually transmitted infections
Initial management of domestic violence and sexual assault
CWH5: Special topics in gynaecology
Common gynaecological operations
Initial management of ureto-vaginal prolapse, subfertility, abnormal bleeding and urogynaecological problems
Please note that the training and examination fees are payable in Australian dollars (AUD), and are not subject to Australian GST.
The College will send you instructions for payment via email.
To be eligible to enrol on the Certificate of Women’s Health register, you must:
Satisfactorily complete all training and assessment requirements.
Download and complete the following document:
For more information on RANZCOG training hospitals, including a full list of accredited sites in each state, please follow the link below to our Training Sites page.
If you’re a current or prospective training mentor or supervisor looking for information or support, please follow the link below to our Training Supervisors page.
A range of member wellbeing services are available to trainees experiencing professional or personal difficulty during training. The College encourages you to access these supports in times of stress, anxiety or poor health.
For more information, please click to expand the sections below, or follow the link to our Member Wellbeing page.
Please explore the links below to learn more about the committees with oversight and responsibility relating to the Certificate of Women’s Health.
Policies and procedures
The below policies are relevant to the Certificate of Women’s Health and may be of interest.