This course aims to provide basic knowledge about aspects of breast health.

Course overview

This course provides a solid foundation to managing common breast problems in clinical practice. The module provides information on the normal breast, breast lumps, and other common breast changes.


The course consists of 3 units:

  • Unit 1 – What is Normal?
    Duration 2 hours
    • Normal anatomy & physiology of the breast
    • Mastalgia
    • BreastScreen & Breast cancer statistics
    • Assessing the family risk of breast cancer
    • Modifiable risk factors

  • Unit 2 – I have found a lump in my breast!
    Duration 2.5 hours
    • The Triple Test
    • A new breast lump
    • Breast Cancer risk calculator
    • DCIS and Breast Cancer
    • Breast cancer treatment options

  • Unit 3 – Other Breast Changes
    Duration 1.5 hours
    • Nipple Discharge
    • Galactorrhoea
    • Pathological Nipple Discharge
    • Lactational Mastitis
    • Non-lactational Mastitis, Inflammatory Breast cancer, Mammary Duct Ectasia & Skin Dimpling
    • Nipple Retraction
    • Paget’s Disease of the Nipple
    • Ulceration

Eligibility & Pre-requisites

Nursing Qualifications are desirable.

Course Aims

To upskill Health Professionals with the latest evidenced-base information in:

  • Normal breast anatomy and physiology
  • The clinician’s role in the management of new breast changes and breast screening
  • The management of common breast problems in community practice

Course Objectives

On completion of this course the participant will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the normal breast.
  • Understand the BreastScreen program and the clinician’s role in breast screening.
  • Be confident in the investigation pathway of a new breast change.
  • Understand the management of common breast problems in community practice.
  • Have a clear understanding of the risk factors for breast cancer and be able to counsel women on their individual risk.

Accreditation and Credit Points

On successful completion of the module, participants will be awarded a certificate listing the learning outcomes and anticipated time for completion of the module. This certificate can be used for submission to obtain Professional Development or Continuing Education points to the relevant organisation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available for this course. Please download an application form here and submit at least 10 weeks prior to the course date.


Cost $300
Duration Self-paced
Dates Online anytime
Delivery Method Online
Currently under review - Available soon

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