Ectopic Pregnancy

50m of CPD
Graeme Dennerstein
Hilary Bush
03 May 2016

This Course will cover the clinical features and pathophysiology of ectopic pregnancy, as well as present practical nursing management information for the care of these women.


State the main features of the pathology of ectopic pregnancy


Describe the clinical presentation of ectopic pregnancy


Explain the management and prognosis of ectopic pregnancy


Graeme Dennerstein

Dr Dennerstein is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with medical expertise in the health of the vulva and vagina. He is the former Head of the Dermo-gynaecology Clinic at The Mercy Hospital for Women and co-author of the book entitled: The Vulva and Vagina Manual. He has lectured extensively on this topic, both internationally and nationally. Graeme has extensive experience in family planning and reproductive health. In 1971 he established the Family Planning and Infertility Clinic at the Western General Hospital in Melbourne, serving as its director until 1986. From 1980 to 1989 he was the Honorary Secretary for the Medical Advisory Committee of the Family Planning Association of Victoria.  He is a member of the Sexual Health Society of Victoria Inc. and is widely published. He has, for example, produced several papers on the use of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA).

Hilary Bush

Hilary Bush is a registered nurse who trained and works in Melbourne. She currently works as a Nurse Planner and the Online Education Manager at Ausmed Education. She enjoys actively contributing to the advancement of nursing professional development in Australia, as well as developing and evaluating engaging continuing education activities for nurses worldwide. Hilary is currently undertaking a Master of Education (Educational Management) at the University of Melbourne.


Kerrie B05 Sep 2018
Great, simple to understand, overview of ectopic pregnancy.

Brie Brown08 Aug 2018
Will utilise this in a women’s prison

Thank you very clear and informative

Briana wade10 Jul 2018
Great thanks exactly what I needed.

Catherine Tume05 Jul 2018

Susan K March14 Jun 2018
Excellent presentation with good visual education and included quizzes

Renae Renae31 May 2018

Hellene Heron27 May 2018

Katherine Hepworth26 May 2018

Amelia Hugo26 May 2018
Very informative

Nellea Parreno20 May 2018

Susan Mary Newey18 May 2018
This recourse was very useful, as the presenter was very familiar with the topic and presented the topic in a succinct and practical way.

Elizabeth Dronfield08 May 2018
well presented topic

Judy Applegarth06 May 2018
Thorough review of ectopic pregnancy.

Kimberly-Anne Conaghan29 Mar 2018
Great topic

Caitlin Connell28 Feb 2018

Tiarne Tan11 Feb 2018
Great topic, thank you.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Incidence, aetiology and pathology of ectopic pregnancy
  • Treatment, management and counselling
  • Nursing management

Target audience

Health professionals caring for women who are in their reproductive years.


Heighten awareness of one of the potentially most dangerous complications of pregnancy, and to enable assistance with its diagnosis and counselling of the affected woman and her family.


Health practitioners dealing with women in the reproductive years are likely to encounter one or more experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. The incidence of ectopic pregnancy is approximately 1-2%, with a mortality rate of about 2%. Miscarried pregnancies cause significant psychological trauma to the mother and her family, and early pregnancy loss accounts for around 55,000 hospital admissions annually. Revised guidelines released in 2015 from the Department of Health indicated changes to the terminology, treatment and management that should be used in relation to miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. Management has also shifted with the recent introduction of Early Pregnancy Assessment Services (EPASs) in Australia.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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