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Policy, research and advocacy


Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.Martin Luther King

At Marie Stopes Australia, a client’s experience is about more than the services we provide. Every person in Australia should be able to take control of their sexual and reproductive lives. To make this happen we work on developing our models of care alongside policy and legislative change.

We believe in person and community centred advocacy. We work with governments to ensure that we have safe access zones around our clinics. We work to deliver campaigns that empower sexual and reproductive health autonomy. And we’re committed to tackling the issues around reproductive coercion. We do all of this because it’s what our patients deserve. It’s what every person deserves; complete control over their own bodies and lives.

Our advocacy work is all evidence-based. Our advocacy work isn’t about a perceived vision of how the world should be; it’s about intersectional and quantifiable injustices experienced by people every day. We believe in data, and the data tells us that there is a lot of work to be done before all people in Australia access sexual and reproductive health justice.

After all, sexual and reproductive rights are human rights.


Our priorities

  • Nurse-led care

    Access to abortion care in rural, regional, and remote settings is an ongoing challenge. While doctors play a leading role in healthcare provision, evidence from across the world shows that nurses can and should play a greater, more autonomous role. Read more.

  • Reproductive coercion

    Reproductive coercion is any behaviour that has the intention of controlling or constraining another person’s reproductive health decision-making. Preventing and responding to reproductive coercion a critical part of informed consent. Read more.

  • Safe access zones

    Marie Stopes continues to campaign to create and maintain safe access zones across Australia. Everyone accessing healthcare services should have the right to do so without being harassed or intimidated. Read more.

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