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Medicare rollback will limit sexual & reproductive health access

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Planned changes from 20 July to Medicare items for telehealth consultations will significantly impact on timely, affordable access to sexual and reproductive health services across Australia, according to Marie Stopes Australia and the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM). Marie Stopes Australia and ASHM are calling on the Federal Government to urgently reinstate temporary MBS …

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Research shows medical abortion via telehealth is accessible and acceptable in Australia

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media, Safe access

A new study published in the July issue of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health shows that at-home medical abortion via telehealth is accessible, convenient, and plays a key role in the accessibility of abortion care across Australia. The joint qualitative study between Marie Stopes Australia, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Monash University showed that participants selected the at-home telemedicine model for …

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Pandemic impacts on nation’s sexual and reproductive health

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media, Safe access

MEDIA STATEMENT Marie Stopes Australia is bracing for a surge in later gestation terminations and increased client complexities including financial hardship and domestic violence as the nation slowly moves towards recovery from COVID-19. The concerns have been highlighted in Marie Stopes Australia’s latest situation report, released today, that details the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on Australians sexual and reproductive …

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As State recovers from COVID-19, the picketers restart

Sigrid Firth Advocacy, Equity and access, Media, Safe access

MEDIA STATEMENT Permits have been granted for anti-choice groups to restart their weekly picketing outside Marie Stopes Australia’s Midland clinic from today. The anti-choice groups had their permits cancelled towards the end of March as part of the public health response to COVID-19. Despite this, picketers showed up at the clinic on 27 March and WA Police were called. As …

Overwhelming support for zones shows WA cares

Sam Wilde Media, Safe access

Staff and clients at Marie Stopes Australia are one step closer to having their privacy, dignity and safety protected from anti-choice picketers with the WA Government committing to introduce Safe Access Zone legislation this year. Safe Access Zones provide a 150 metre safety bubble around abortion care clinics. They stop harassment, intimidation and public judgement of staff and clients by …

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NSW passes decriminalisation bill

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy, Blog, Equity and access

At Marie Stopes Australia we welcome the decriminalisation of abortion in New South Wales. In our clinics, registered medical professionals will continue to provide contraception and abortion services to women and pregnant people across New South Wales. Tomorrow, next month, or next year, the number of women and pregnant people wanting abortions in New South Wales will not increase. Demand …

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NSW Abortion Bill

Sigrid Firth Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

New South Wales is one of the last states to decriminalise abortion. We have seen the positive effects of decriminalising abortion in Queensland last year, with increased access to services in hospitals and more doctors willing to provide vital services without fear of prosecution. Marie Stopes strongly supports the bill to remove abortion from the Crimes Act in New South …

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Correcting Abortion Misinformation

Sam Wilde Abortion, Equity and access, Media

With a Federal election two days away, inflammatory and misleading material has appeared throughout electorates, and online, about abortions in Australia. The majority of Australians, 70.5% according to the ABC’s Vote Compass, believe abortion should be more accessible, so the views expressed in the distributed material are not in line with community expectations. However, as a national not-for-profit provider of …

Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes WA Government Support of Safe Access Zones

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia has welcomed the commencement of public consultation on safe access zones in Western Australia by the McGowan Government. The Minister for Health, Roger Cook and Minister for Women’s Interest’s and Prevention of Family Violence, Simone McGurk visited the Marie Stopes Midland Clinic today to announce the release of a discussion paper into safe access zones. “Marie Stopes …

High Court ruling upholds safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the High Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania. Acting CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Jamal Hakim said that “today’s High Court ruling demonstrates that women’s health, safety and privacy is absolutely critical when accessing healthcare services.” “A lot of effort has gone into the defence of these zones because …

Choice Words for International Women’s Day 2019

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy

Today is International Women’s Day. The United Nations theme for 2019 is #StrongerTogether At Marie Stopes Australia we know that what we do wouldn’t be possible without strength in numbers. Without the incredible staff who work at each of our clinics and support centres across the country, we would not be able to help the women who walk through our …

Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes National Commitment to Sexual and Reproductive Health

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Australia urgently needs a national approach to the provision of sexual and reproductive health services and today, that need is one step closer to being met with the announcement by the Australian Labor Party that it would fund a national strategy if elected to Government this year. “While we have made some headway on sexual and reproductive health issues, it’s …

Marie Stopes Australia Wins Quality Improvement Award

Eleonore Bridier Media

Marie Stopes Australia has been recognised by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards (ACHS) for its outstanding work with consumers to improve the patient experience. The award recognises Marie Stopes Australia’s work engaging consumers in workforce training, co-design of services and facilities, and advocacy campaigns and media. It also recognises the organisation’s transparency in reporting safety and quality outcomes …

Reproductive Coercion: The Hidden Threat

Eleonore Bridier Media

Reproductive Coercion is a hidden form of violence and control that can have life altering consequences. Reproductive coercion is behaviour that deliberately prevents a person from making decisions about their reproductive health. It includes: The issue is being brought to light with the release of Hidden Forces: Shining A Light on Reproductive Coercion, a policy White Paper to coincide with …

Media statement on White Ribbon Australia

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Media, Reproductive coercion

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes White Ribbon Australia’s reinstatement of the reproductive rights statement on their website. We do, however, hold concerns as to what the stakeholder consultation process entails. The recent commentary from White Ribbon has also left us confused as to what White Ribbon is; a membership organisation or an organisation that advocates against domestic violence. Our main concern …