Antenatal Sexual Health Kit (ASK) Course
This course aims to increase the knowledge base of antenatal clinicians in the areas of sexual health history assessments and contact tracing specific to pregnancy, with a focus on syphilis.
Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are on the rise across Australia and Queensland. STIs can increase risk of miscarriage, preterm labour and many other problems during pregnancy. The number of congenital syphilis cases in Queensland over the last 10 years has increased. Syphilis has concerning health impacts on all that are infected; however, it has a potentially fatal outcome on foetuses, neonates and infants. For this reason, the ASK course has been developed in a bid to increase awareness about the importance of sexual health assessments throughout pregnancy, to reduce the impact on the foetus, with further education on contact tracing and partner notification once an STI has been detected.
The ASK course increases knowledge base of antenatal service providers in the areas of sexual health history assessment and contact tracing specific to pregnancy. The course aims to provide resources and tools to support midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other antenatal service providers in providing appropriate care aimed at reducing the incidence of syphilis in pregnancy in line with the Queensland Health Syphilis in Pregnancy (SiP) Guidelines. This service is free to all antenatal service providers and is endorsed by Queensland Health.
On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded a statement listing the learning outcomes. This statement can be used as evidence of completion of this course to support self-reported hours of professional development of the following elements of the course:
- 45-minute presentation
- Online learning modules
- Podcast series
At the completion of this course you will:
- Gain an understanding of sexual health history assessment
- Learn strategies to overcome barriers in sexual health history assessment
- Develop an understanding of contact tracing and why it is important
- Identify where key resources are available to aid in contract tracing
- Become familiar with Queensland Clinical Syphilis in Pregnancy Guidelines
The course is aimed at increasing awareness around syphilis in pregnancy by addressing the following key topics:
- Sexual health history during and throughout pregnancy in an attempt to improve client outcomes through early detection and effective treatment
- Contact tracing/partner notification
- Strategies to overcome barriers in sexual health history taking