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Contraception - Overview and Practical Essentials Online 2024

  • For NZ registered nurses, midwives and doctors. This self-directed six-hour course provides more in-depth information about and knowledge of contraception. 


    Online course

    • Course description

      The Contraception Overview and Practical Essentials (COPE) course content is aligned with the New Zealand  Aotearoa's Guidance on Contraception and  covers efficacy, side effects, contraindications, and "what to use when" for the following:

      • Combined oral contraceptive pill/pill teach
      • Contraceptive implants
      • Depo Provera
      • Emergency contraception
      • Fertility awareness
      • Intrauterine devices
      • Progestogen only contraceptive pill/pill teach

      and is wholly self-directed and completed online (6 hours).  The course is also available as a workshop.  Click here if you would prefer to attend a workshop course.

      This course is separate to the LARC training courses and is available to anyone wishing to gain a much broader understanding and knowledge of all contraception available in New Zealand.

      Course fee:  $300

      Te Whatu Ora funding may apply - see below for criteria.

      The Midwifery Council has allocated 5 points for midwives who complete this course.

    • Prerequisites

      • Full New Zealand Nursing, Midwifery or Medical Registration
      • Current Practicing Certificate

      For a Te Whatu Ora funded place on this course, you must meet at least one of the following criteria. The highest priority for funding starts at 1:

      1. Māori nurses/doctors working for Māori providers
      2. Non-Māori nurses/doctors working for Māori providers 
      3. Pacific nurses/doctors working for Pacific providers 
      4. Non-Pacific nurses/doctors working for Pacific providers 
      5. Māori nurses/doctors working for health service providers 
      6. Community/rural/urban nurses/doctors (including Practice Nurses, Well Child Tamariki Ora Nurses)

      Te Whatu Ora employed health professionals are excluded from the funding criteria.

      NOTE: Family Planning training courses are delivered from our Learning Management System which is accessed via the Family Planning website. This online training is browser based and will work on most standard browsers:  Chrome, Edge, Firefox (Internet Explorer is no longer supported). Popups must be enabled to view all content on the online courses.  For technical assistance or support accessing this course, please contact [email protected].

      For general course information, please read the Terms and Conditions for courses and Code of Practice

      The COPE Online activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 6 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.