Women's Health: Contraception

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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) describes the various types of contraceptive methods that are currently available, and examines some of the differences between these. The reasons why certain contraceptive methods may be favourable over others are also explored.

Topics include:

  • Types of hormonal contraception
  • Side effects of hormonal contraception
  • Non-hormonal contraception methods
  • Factors effecting contraceptive decisions.   

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives across all areas of professional practice and in particular to those wishing to work in sexual and reproductive health, and community health.   

The aim of this VLA is to investigate the different forms of contraception presently available and to provide information about all of these contraceptive methods. A further aim is to explain why certain methods of contraception may be selected over others.

In 2008, it was estimated that 41% of the 208 million pregnancies that occurred worldwide were not planned (Signh et al., 2010). In some, but not all cases, unplanned pregnancy can pose a significant threat to a woman and her family. The ability to effectively control fertility is therefore an important reproductive health issue. In Australia today, a range of contraceptive options exist and, at a time where members of the public seek more information from health professionals about the options available to them, nurses and midwives are in a great position to assist with a patient’s contraceptive choice. There is therefore a need for nurses and midwives to be aware of the various forms of contraception that are currently available, and of when these contraceptive options may be used.   

Nurses in Australia, are required to obtain a minimum of 20 continuing professional development (CPD) hours each year that relate to their context of practice in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

This educational VLA is presented in an engaging and convenient ‘school-of-one’ online delivery format.

The activity contains:

  1. An illustrated video lecture.
  2. Time for self-evaluation involving MCQs, reflection on your practice and documenting in your CPD Organiser or other CPD/CNE portfolio.
  3. Opportunity for review of resource material including: links to online lectures of relevance and information regarding related conferences when available.
  4. Evaluation survey. This evaluation has been designed to determine how your knowledge has been enhanced and strengthened by completing this VLA and to measure your satisfaction with the VLA.
  5. Certificate of completion.

In order to finish this CPD activity and be awarded an Activity Completion Certificate, you will need to:

  • watch the video
  • achieve a 100% score in the test your learning questions
  • document your learning in your CPD Organiser or CPD/CNE portfolio
  • complete the evaluation of the VLA.
You can review the video and attempt the test your learning questions as often as necessary to achieve a 100% score, but it is important to demonstrate a high level of learning across all aspects of this topic and to ensure that all objectives have been achieved before completion.

1.0 Ausmed CPD hour.

1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education (CNE) for RNs and APNs.

Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

1.0 CPD/CNE hour, consisting of:

  • 40 minute (approx) illustrated video lecture
  • 20 minutes for self–evaluation involving MCQs, reflection on your practice and documenting this in your CPD Organiser or other CPD/CNE portfolio.

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