Increasing Reproductive Choices Newsletter OCTOBER 2019
In 2017 Women’s Health Grampians and the University of Melbourne conducted research into GPs and unintended pregnancy in the Grampians, Pyrenees and Wimmera Areas. We found limited services for supporting women with an unintended pregnancy.
As a result of the research, the Department of Health and Human Services funded the Reproductive Choices Project, which has been conducted by Women’s Health Grampians to improve knowledge in general practice of abortion services and referral pathways. Now we need your input again!
Currently we are conducting research to determine if there have been any changes in knowledge or attitudes since the baseline survey and the start of our Reproductive Choices Project. The findings will be used to inform future training and health promotion activities in the region.
If you are a GP or health professional working in the space of sexual and reproductive health, or likely to work with women presenting with an unintended pregnancy and are interested in being part of this exciting research, please email firstname.lastname@example.org who can provide you with details on how to complete the survey.
A summary of the project findings will be made available on the Women’s Health Grampians website later this year. Many thanks for your assistance in this!
We recently presented our findings to date at the SexRurality conference held by the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) in Creswick.
Ballarat Community Health has established a nurse let outreach model for Medical Abortion in Ararat. A Sexual Health nurse visits East Grampians Health Service on 5 Gridlestone Street in Ararat every Tuesday between 10.30am and 3pm. The service provides STI testing, medical abortion, pap screening, contraception (including LARC), fertility controle (including contraception) and pregnancy testing. To book please call Ballarat Community Health on 5338 4541 or look on www.1800MyOptions.org.au .
Hamilton Street Medical Clinic, situated at Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-op in Horsham, is now providing Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTOP) services for people living within a 65 kilometre radius of Horsham. This is a nurse let model where a sexual health nurse does most of the initial consultation and and there is a prescribing GP for MS2Step.
The vision of the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) is that all rural Victorians have access to quality sexual health care, information and support that is tailored to their individual needs.
The purpose of the Centre is to design, implement and evaluate programs that provide practical solutions for the improvement of sexual health in both the Hume and Loddon Mallee regions.
In achieving this, the work program of the Centre and the evaluation of our activities, is based on the following priority areas:
Leadership, research, evaluation and knowledge sharing
Affordable reproductive health
The goals that CERSH is working towards, in line with other funded agencies in Victoria, are:
Reduced incidence and prevalence of Sexually Transmissible Infections/ Blood Borne Viruses (STI/BBV)
Increase in early detection and treatment of STI/BBV
Increased best-practice sexual and reproductive health services
Increased access to affordable contraception and termination of pregnancy services
1800 My Options is a service of Women's Health Victoria and is supported by the Victorian Government.
1800 My Options commenced in March 2018.
1800 My Options guiding principles include providing all Victorian women with:
A non-clinical and non-judgemental service;
Centralised and comprehensive service information;
Referral to relevant, trusted clinical, support and counselling services;
Non-preferential referrals, based on each woman’s needs and location;
Coordinated and interconnected approach to service delivery.
1800 My Options is a women centred service, established to provide information and referral to meet individual sexual and reproductive health needs.
Check out the link below for the website, to register your own organisation and have a look at other local services!
Abortion online provides safe, compassionate and professional medical abortion services to women who can't easily access an abortion clinic, in the privacy of their own home.
This service has been established after the closure of the Tabbot Foundation early in 2019.
Please check out the link to the service below.