COVID-19 for Healthcare professionals
Access to contraceptive and abortion care in Australian public health settings was limited prior to the pandemic. National access issues have been compounded since the pandemic announcement in March.
Today we face unprecedented barriers to clinical care. We are determined to maintain access to contraceptive and abortion care throughout the pandemic. We need your support to make this possible.
We are working with healthcare providers nationally to advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights to be maintained throughout the pandemic. We have published a Situational Report that is updated at the same link, as new issues arise.
The Situational Report documents what public, private and community stakeholders are witnessing in contraceptive and abortion access in Australia. Given the constantly evolving public health context, this content is most relevant at date of publication. Contact details for media, partnerships and new content contributions are listed on the final page of the Situational Report.
We are seeking registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Midwife Practitioners, Doctors and GPs with a background and experience in sexual/reproductive healthcare.
We have clinics and telehealth services across Australia that will need your support and expertise to ensure contraception and abortion care services remain available during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our clinics are located in:
- Gold Coast
We also provide medical abortion via telehealth.
If you or someone within your network would like more information, please head to our LinkedIn page.
If you are a doctor, you can refer patients using our referral process. If you work at any other service, such as social or community support services, clients seeking contraception and abortion can be referred to our National Support Centre or by calling 1300 003 707.
Sexual and reproductive healthcare in Australia has limited Medicare subsidies. Please note that there will be a cost to the client, unless they live in particular geographical and are experiencing hardship.
All healthcare should be equitable, with as little cost to the client as possible, however the provision of healthcare comes at a cost. We are a non-profit health service, which is not directly Government funded.
Service fees can vary depending on:
- Service and region
- Medicare eligibility
- Any private health insurance
- Type of sedation
Full quotes are provided when people call our National Support Centre to enquire about services.
Our clinics operate as private clinics, using a non-profit model. This means that appointments such as vasectomy enable us to provide financial support bursaries to clients experiencing financial hardship and seeking access to other contraceptive care or abortion services.
Where possible, we try to support people experiencing financial hardship to access our services by providing a bursary that covers part of the cost of their healthcare. We receive minimal philanthropic donations, so most funds come from full fee-paying clients.
If someone is experiencing financial hardship, you can support them to apply for financial support in order to cover part of the procedure costs by calling us on 1300 003 707. The financial support assessment is undertaken by Marie Stopes staff in the Melbourne-based National Support Centre. They are experienced in areas of social support, and are passionate about access and equity of healthcare.
If we cannot offer support we may refer clients to a pathway where they may be able to gain access and support. We maintain a network of providers and work very hard to make sure no one falls throughthe cracks.
Unfortunately, you may have clients in positions of need who are not granted financial assistance. This is simply due to the high demand for financial assistance and the lack of funds to support everyone. Alternatively, you are welcome to fundraise for their care and be a financial guarantor for their appointment.
In the current pandemic, the cost of providing contraception and abortion services is higher than ever. This reduces our scope to provide financial support to clients seeking essential healthcare.
To maintain financial hardship support, we rely on philanthropic donations, and welcome donations of any size to cover the cost of healthcare for clients experiencing financial hardship. Every dollar donated goes directly to abortion service provision for clients experiencing financial hardship.