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Diagnosis and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

This free e-learning course has been developed to improve health professionals’ knowledge and understanding of PCOS, its diagnosis and key management principles.


PCOS is a chronic condition that affects 8-13% of women of reproductive age. In some high-risk groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, it can affect up to 21% of women in this age group.

PCOS can have serious implications for women’s health, affecting fertility, physical health, mental health, body image and emotional wellbeing. Yet up to 70% of women with PCOS remain undiagnosed.

This course covers the following points:

  • signs and symptoms
  • diagnosis and assessment
  • reproductive, metabolic and psychological health implications
  • guide to consultation
  • key principles of management and treatment

By the end of the course, health professionals working in primary care will be able to deliver evidence-based, best-practice management to patients, leading to improved health outcomes and a greater awareness and recognition of the condition.

The course has been developed in collaboration with Jean Hailes specialist women's health GP Dr Fiona Jane.

Duration and general information

The course should take about 4-5 hours to complete.

However, all course activities do not need to be completed in one session; participants can stop once an activity has been completed and start the next activity at a later date.

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Learning outcomes:

At the conclusion of this PCOS course, participants will be able to:

  • identify the signs and symptoms
  • apply the current diagnostic criteria to diagnose
  • outline key management and treatment principles
  • identify the psychological health implications
  • evaluate individual requirements for nutrition and lifestyle advice.

Find CPD information further down this page.

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CPD information

Accreditation of e-learning courses for CPD

Jean Hailes education activities can be used to fulfil the CPD requirements of many registered health professions. Depending on your profession you may need to keep a record of some/all of the following: event date, provider, your learning needs in the area, the type of activity, content/details, learning outcomes, reflection on the activity, CPD hours.

Find out more on the CPD requirements of registered Australian health professions.

On completion of Jean Hailes e-learning courses you can fill out an online survey, after which your statement of completion will be emailed to you for your CPD record.

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RACGP

This activity is an RACGP CPD accredited activity with 40 allocated points. The activity number is 213238.

Download the RACGP feedback form.

ACRRM

It is an ACRRM PDP accredited activity, activity code 21383, for 5 hours as a distance-based education module.

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 e-learning course 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 statements of completion will only be provided once submitted content meets the required standard.

Reference:

‘International evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome’. Copyright Monash University, Melbourne Australia 2018.