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Aims and Functions 

The Women's Health Programme was established in 1998 on the recommendation of the Task Force for Women's Health under the chairmanship of Dr Mary Condren. The Programme has evolved since its inception to cover a wide range of topic areas, a variety of educational formats and a series of publications with a multi-disciplinary approach. The educational aim of the Women's Health Programme is to provide high quality educational opportunities in topics in women's health for GPs, practice nurses and other healthcare professionals in a timely manner that are accessible, applicable, responsive and relevant to day-to-day workload.

The functions of the Women's Health Programme are to:

  • Provide educational support for primary care professionals providing women's health care
  • Contribute to the college's policy development in this area
  • Present the GP perspective on women's health in consultations with external agencies


The educational and policy agendas for the Women's Health Programme are set by a combination of:

  • Regular education needs assessments
  • Evaluation and feedback from members and course participants
  • Priorities set by the council and executive
  • New developments in women's healthcare in Ireland



Courses are supported by the fees paid by participants. The programme has also received support from the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme, and Cervicalcheck, and educational grants from pharmaceutical companies.



In addition to its women's health courses, the programme has run a re-entry and refresher course for general practice (SCALES) since 1999.

Reproductive and Sexual Health (RSH) Committee

The RSH Committee oversees training in Reproductive and Sexual Health and awards the Certificate in Contraception. The Committee has taken over the functions of the Joint Committee for Family Planning, which disbanded on 30 June, 2010. The Committee meets four times yearly and reports to the ICGP Education Governance Committee.

RSH Committee Members

The Committee is made up of a representative from each of the following bodies:

  • ICGP Women's Health Programme, Director (Chair)
  • ICGP Education Committee Rep x 2
  • Exceptional person nominated by Education Committee x 2
  • Representative of National Association of Programme Directors
  • Representative of National Association of GP Trainers
  • Representative of National Association of GP Trainees
  • IFPA Representative
  • Representative of Women's Health Clinics
  • Representative of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Representative of the Natural Family Planning Teachers Association (NFPTAI)

Course Convenors

If you are interested in running a Contraception Certificate - Theory Course you will need to complete and return the course application form each year or occasion you hold the course for consideration of the RSH Committee.  


If you wish to contact the RSH Committee, please do so in writing to:

Dr Mary Short, Chairperson
RSH Committee
C/O ICGP, 4-5 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2


 Theory Course Provider Application Form (Application_form_for_course_providers_-_Blank.doc | 79 KB)
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