Antenatal Syphilis Train the Trainer Program – Expression of Interest

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Course Overview

We are seeking expressions of interest from antenatal care providers to participate in an exciting new ‘train the trainer’ program on antenatal STI testing, with an emphasis on the prevention of congenital syphilis.  

A Train the Trainers model is intended to engage master trainers in coaching new trainers who are less experienced with a particular topic by providing set training materials along with guidance on delivering them. Upon completing the program, you will be expected to take on the role of the trainer within your practice setting, using the provided materials and guidance to deliver the training to your colleagues with ongoing support from ASHM.  

This session is tentatively scheduled to run in June of 2024. The session will run for 120 minutes.

The training package consists of:  

  • An online learning module – participants will learn about syphilis epidemiology, antenatal testing, treatment, and contract tracing at their own pace  
  • 120-minute live (remote) facilitated and interactive session  
  • Pre- and post-course evaluation survey  
  • A toolkit to enable you to deliver the training in your own practice setting  
  • Ongoing follow-up support by ASHM

Learning Outcomes 

  • Describe the clinical stages of syphilis and identify clinical symptoms  
  • Explain the importance of syphilis testing in pregnancy  
  • Interpret syphilis serology test results  
  • Discuss referral pathways and supports for positive syphilis cases in pregnancy 
  • Locate relevant national and state antenatal guidelines for the testing, management, contact tracing and notification of syphilis

Target audience: 

The target audience of this Train the Trainers program is healthcare providers who provide antenatal care, including but not limited to midwives and shared-care GPs, and who are working in a role which enables them to provide training and support to colleagues who also provide antenatal care.  


The training package will be submitted for accreditation by key professional bodies such as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Australian College of Midwives. Endorsements may be sought from additional bodies pending advice from the Steering Committee. 

The live session is tentatively scheduled for June and will take 120 minutes.  The estimated total time commitment for the program is 3 hours plus additional time for trainers to facilitate the training at their home practice. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this EOI: 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Joe Givan at 


Online, Victoria