Rectal Examinations
Investment: $180 including GST for the 3 hour course
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Location: 4 Kanuka Grove, Kinloch, Taupo
Time: 2pm - 5pm
The focus of this short course is learning how to do internal rectal examinations safely and competently. It is suitable for health professionals who are doing vaginal exams but have no prior experience in performing rectal exams, or for those who want to have a refresher session on rectal exams.
If you have done our INTERNALS course already, you don't need to attend this course unless you would like a refresher and review of your skill set.

The course is scheduled for the afternoon before the INTERMEDIATE course as prep for those who have not done rectal exams previously, or for those who want a refresher.

The course can also be taken on its own; you don't need to book for INTERMEDIATE. But if you're in Taupo anyway, why not stay for the weekend and do both!

We will focus on subjective and objective rectal examinations, with theory and practical components.

What people are saying about this course:
I found the course very helpful. Melissa has a great way of making you feel comfortable and able to learn in a casual and very non intimidating way. She makes the difficult seem so much easier.Great organization and resources. I'm looking forward to getting back to work and putting what I learnt into practice on Monday. - Jo
I would thoroughly recommend Melissas Rectal Examinations course. Melissa is clearly very knowledgable in this area with a wealth of clinical experience. She presents evidence based material in a practical way, using lots of humour and fantastic home-made models to help consolidate learning. Her supportive and safe environment really helped me to gain confidence with my rectal assessments. - Pip
I recommend Melissa's course to all Male Physiotherapists who are in private practice this information is valuable in helping your male clients for which there is a significant unmet need. - Graeme, Rectal, Men's & Gut Health 2021
Dr Melissa Davidson
Specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health
PhD, MPhil, Dip.Physiotherapy, B.Science, Dip.Manipulation,
Post Graduate Certificates in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor and Acupuncture)
Certificate in Health Science
Registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand under Specialist Scope of Practice
Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Limited course numbers on each course.
  • Female and male health professionals are welcome.
  • You must be a registered health professional in New Zealand with a regulatory body (e.g., physiotherapist, osteopath, etc.) to attend this course.
Additional details:
  • As this is a practical course which involves internal examinations, participants must be willing and able to have rectal examinations done on them by fellow attendees. Participants must also be willing to allow both female and male participants to examine them. This course allows both females and males an opportunity to learn from each other and gain vital, practical clinical skills.
  • We will ensure the environment is private and supportive. Informed consent is discussed in detail on the course, and you will have the ability to consent or not consent to internal examination at the time of the assessments. Some people may have known or unknown 'triggers' that might cause them psychological stresses on the course. Please let Melissa know in advance if you have any known triggers so we can adjust things for you.
  • Afternoon tea will be provided. If you have specific food requirements or allergies, we recommend you bring your own food with you.
Pre-reading and Tests:
Pre-reading will be provided to complete prior to the course starting. A pre-course test needs to be completed prior to the course to ensure the pre-reading has been completed.

There will be practical assessments during the course testing clinical assessment skills learned on the day to ensure at the end of the course you are competent. You will need to pass these assessments to complete the course.

A post-course test and evaluation will need to be completed prior to you receiving your completion certificate.

$180 including GST for the 3 hour course.
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