Fertility, infertility and preconception care 2017-19


Fertility, infertility and preconception care 2017-19

This Active Learning Module (ALM) has been developed to improve health professionals' knowledge and understanding of fertility, preconception care (PCC) and infertility. The module provides an overview of fertility awareness and preconception care, the causes of infertility and indications for specialist referral.

Duration and general information

6 hours

The entire ALM does not need to be completed in one sitting; participants can stop once an activity has been completed and start the next activity at a later date. Once activities are completed and submitted, they can be reviewed but not edited. You can print your submitted answers and the recommended responses (where applicable) by revisiting the activities.

These ALMs have been designed to be completed on a laptop, desktop or tablet (not phones).

Assessment

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is an accredited provider of high-quality continuing professional development activities for health professionals. 

The content of each completed ALM will be assessed internally by Jean Hailes' RACGP QI&CPD accredited Education Activity Representatives. Participants may be asked to repeat and re-submit activities if they are do not meet the expected requirements.

RACGP QI&CPD points and certificates of completion will only be provided once submitted content meets the required standard. 

Structure and content

There are four components to the ALM which will take approximately 6 hours to complete: 

  • Pre-disposing activity (self-reflection)
  • Structured learning component (online and back at your practice activities) 
  • Reinforcing activity (self-reflection)
  • Evaluation questionnaire (essential to complete this to receive CPD points)

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the ALM, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the factors that influence fertility and pregnancy health
  • Outline opportunistic approaches to implementing preconception care (PCC)
  • Discuss optimal PCC and develop a systematic approach to its provision in general practice
  • Recognise indications for specialist referral

RACGP: RACGP: This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 2019 triennium. 40 Category 1 points – approved for Women's Health. The activity number is 108533.

Download the RACGP feedback form.

ACRRM: This activity is accredited with 30 PRPD points and 30 Obstetrics and Gynaecology / Women's Health MOPS points. The activity code is 9748.
 
RANZCOG: Fellows of RANZCOG can claim 1 point per hour for educational activities under the RANZCOG CPD self-education category.

Assessment

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is an accredited provider of high-quality continuing professional development activities for health professionals. 

The content of each completed ALM will be assessed internally by Jean Hailes' RACGP QI&CPD accredited Education Activity Representatives. Participants may be asked to repeat and re-submit activities if they are do not meet the expected requirements.

RACGP QI&CPD points and certificates of completion will only be provided once submitted content meets the required standard.

There are a range of evidence-based resources available for consumers and health practitioners:

Other papers of interest:

Hammarberg K. Making healthy babies: the need for education. Medical Observer 2012;6:30-31.

Hammarberg K. Fertility - No quick fix for aging. Medical Observer 2014;3:29-30.

Hammarberg K. Health Check: how to get pregnant. The Conversation 2014 [Accessed 15 Aug 2017].

Hammarberg K, Clarke V. Reasons for delaying childbearing. Australian Family Physician 2005;34(3)187-189.

Shub A, Huning E, Campbell K, McCarthy E. Pregnant women's knowledge of weight, weight gain, complications of obesity and weight management strategies in pregnancy. BMC Research Notes 2013;6:278.

Other references (not open access):

Beckmann MM, Widmer T, Bolton E. Does preconception care work? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2014;54(6):510-514.

Derbyshire E, Preparing for pregnancy: A body weight perspective and update of the literature. Current Nutrition and Food Science. 2011;7(4):216.

Biro MA , Davey MA, Carolan M, Kealy M. Advanced maternal age and obstetric morbidity for women giving birth in Victoria, Australia: A population based study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2012;52(3):229-34.

de Jong-Potjer L, Elsinga, le Cessie S, van der Pal-de Bruin KM, Knuistingh A Neven, Buitendijk SE, Assendelft WJJ. GP-initiated preconception counselling in a randomised controlled trial does not induce anxiety. BMC Family Practice 2006;7(1):66.

Frey K, Files J. Preconception healthcare: what women know and believe. Maternal and Child Health Journal 2006;10(5): S73-S77.

Hampton KD, Mazza D, Newton JM. Fertility-awareness knowledge, attitudes, and practices of women seeking fertility assistance. Journal Of Advanced Nursing 2013;69(5)1076-1084.

Mazza D, Chapman A, Michie S. Barriers to the implementation of preconception care guidelines as perceived by general practitioners: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 2013;13(1):36.

Mazza D, Cannold L, Nagle C, McKay F, Brijnath B. Making decisions about fertility: three facts GPs need to communicate to women. Australian Family Physician 2012;41(5):343-346.

Mutsaerts MA, Groen H, Buiter-Van der Meer A, Sijtsma A, Sauer PJ, Land JA, Mol BW, Corpeleijn E, Hoek A. Effects of paternal and maternal lifestyle factors on pregnancy complications and perinatal outcome. A population-based birth-cohort study: the GECKO Drenthe cohort. Human Reproduction 2014;29(4):824-34.

McLean M & Wellons M. Optimizing natural fertility: the role of lifestyle modification Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics of North America 2012;39:465-77.

Stern J, Larsson M, Kristiansson P, Tydén T. Introducing reproductive life plan-based information in contraceptive counselling: an RCT. Human Reproduction 2013;28(9):2450-2461.


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