Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Meachem and Dr Simon Chu


Regulating the size of a population and the rate of population growth is a major problem for many countries. Ensuring infertile couples have the opportunity to form a family is also an important issue. The current trends in population growth and the policies introduced in countries to regulate this growth is explored as well as the extent of infertility and the legislation introduced nationally and internationally to regulate its treatment. The medical, legal and ethical aspects of present and future methods available to control fertility (contraception, contragestion and abortion) and for overcoming infertility (assisted reproductive technology) will be addressed.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain and discuss the demographic trends and policies relating to world population;
  2. describe and evaluate the methods available to women and men to regulate their fertility and compare the advantages and disadvantages of these methods;
  3. assess and compare the effectiveness of the new methods of contraception under development;
  4. explain and discuss the ethical and legal issues surrounding the regulation of fertility and infertility;
  5. communicate this information and show an ability to critically evaluate it.


Examination (2.25 hours) (40%)
Critical review of a journal article 1 (20%)
Critical review of a journal article 2 (20%)
Travel grant application & abstract (20%)

Workload requirements

This unit will be held over six weeks in the second semester. Students are required to attend all lectures and tutorials. Students must also present 3 journal reviews and attend a round table discussion.

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