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Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes Decriminalisation Recommendations

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the release of the Queensland Law Reform Commission report that recommends removing abortion from the State’s Criminal Code. CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Michelle Thompson, said the announcement today by the Queensland Labor Government to support the recommendations and introduce draft legislation to decriminalise abortion was a win for Queensland women. “We are delighted that the …

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Gender Bias in the Media

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Blog, Media

gender bias noun noun: gender bias Gender bias is all around us. It can be subtle, like calling a grown woman a “girl” or it can be obvious such as sexually harassing someone on the basis of their gender. Regardless of the form it takes, gender bias plays a crucial role in forming the way we perceive gendered roles and responsibilities. …

Guide for doctors to refer patients to family planning services

Your guide to referring to family planning services

Eleonore Bridier For doctors

Today we officially launch our partnership with Healthshare, which allows you to refer your patients to our family planning services from within your practice management system. We have seen over 600,000 abortion, vasectomy and contraception patients in 20 years of care. In that time, we made medical abortion available in Australia, and have been working with GPs like you, and …

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Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes NSW Safe Access Zones

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the passing of legislation by the NSW Parliament that will at last provide NSW women with safe access to clinics that perform abortions.  Marie Stopes Australia CEO, Michelle Thompson, said that each day women accessing abortions in NSW run the risk of being photographed, filmed, harassed and intimidated when accessing the common medical procedure.  “There is …

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One Step Closer to Safe Access for NSW Women

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the passing of legislation by the NSW Legislative Council today aimed at providing women with safe access zones around sexual and reproductive health clinics. Marie Stopes Australia CEO, Michelle Thompson, said the passing of the legislation meant the zones were one step closer to becoming a reality. “For too long, side-walk counsellors have harassed, intimidated and …

Dignity and choice

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Equity and access

On Wednesday 9th May, while Australia continued to dissect what the 2018 Federal budget meant for each of us, US-based research and policy body, The Guttmacher Institute and one of the world’s leading medical journals, The Lancet, released a comprehensive report on the progress of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. The report contains staggering statistics; almost 4.3 billion …

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9 Great gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Sam Wilde Blog, Contraception

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and finding the right gift for the maternal figure in your life can be hard. At Marie Stopes, we’re all about making life easier for Australian women who are making tough decisions. So this year, we’ve put together the perfect gift list! Surprise your mum or mum-figure with something we guarantee she doesn’t …

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Making Mother’s Day something special

Sam Wilde Blog, Contraception

This Mother’s Day if you’d like to make a difference to the lives of Australian women who are struggling to access sexual and reproductive healthcare, consider donating to our Marie Stopes Choice Fund. Every woman deserves the right to decide when and if they wish to be a mum, but not all women are able to access the resources they …

A hormonal IUD next to a copper IUD on a white background

Hormonal or Copper IUD: How to decide

Sam Wilde Blog, Contraception

Long Acting, Reversible Contraception (LARC) is a convenient and effective contraceptive option for many women. However, once you’ve decided to commit to LARC it can be difficult to determine which option is the most suitable for you; especially when it comes to deciding between the hormonal and the copper IUD. So we’ve put together some information on both of them …

Tabith Baca, standing with arms crossed in a defiant pose, wearing a white long sleeved shirt.

International Women’s Day 2018

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy, Blog, Contraception, Equity and access

Today is International Women’s Day and in 2018 the focus is on #PressForProgress At Marie Stopes we don’t just want to provide services to women, we also support and are passionate about them. The services we provide are important because of the opportunities they make available to women. A woman who has access to contraception is a woman who can …

Marie Stopes Westmead opening

Rejuvenated Clinic Pays Homage to Three Great Australian Women

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Marie Stopes Australia will reopen its sexual and reproductive health clinic at Westmead in Sydney’s west this morning, paying homage to three prominent Australian women who have changed the face of reproductive rights in this country. “The Marie Stopes Australia Westmead Clinic has been supporting Australian women and men for more than 20 years,” CEO Michelle Thompson said. “In that …

Safe nurse in abortion care profession

The Workplace Health & Safety Issue We Are Ignoring

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Media, Safe access

Imagine going to work and being told by random strangers that you are going to hell. You have to push past people who tell you what you do is wrong, that you should be ashamed and that you’re doing the devil’s work. Your vehicle is regularly splashed by ‘holy water’ that mysteriously blisters the paint on your car, and you …

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Hating hormones: what you need to know about hormonal contraception

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog, Contraception

There is a trend at the moment of people forgoing hormonal contraception in favour of natural contraception alternatives[1] Many health blogs and websites are touting the benefits of hormone-free, or non-hormonal contraception. As with anything that encourages us to take a closer look at our health, this is largely a positive phenomenon. We should always be aware of what we’re …

Contraception advice: how to get the right kind

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog, Contraception

Many of us rely on our doctor for prescriptions, sick day certificates and telling us whether we’ve got a cold or flu. But your GP is also able to help you make decisions about your health. This includes things like giving contraception advice and helping you decide the right contraception for your body. Rather than going in blind though, it …