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COVID-19 has increased the take up of medical abortion via telehealth

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Equity and access, Media

Medical abortion via telehealth in Australia has increased considerably during the pandemic with service take up growing by more than 150% across the country, according to data from Marie Stopes Australia. Medical abortion via telehealth has become a more accessible form of abortion care across the globe during COVID-19, particularly as countries face increasing movement and travel restrictions. Nationally, Marie …

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Government silence on Medicare item numbers is impacting healthcare

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Marie Stopes Australia and the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association (AHHA) has called on the Australian Government to act quickly to expand and protect COVID-19 Medicare items that support telehealth provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare. The Australian Government acted swiftly to broaden the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to support expanded telehealth services during COVID-19 and these changes have been …

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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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NSW passes decriminalisation bill

Sigrid Firth 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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Correcting Abortion Misinformation

Sigrid Firth 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 …

Choice Words for International Women’s Day 2019

Sigrid Firth 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 …

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Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes Decriminalisation Recommendations

Sigrid Firth 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

Sigrid Firth Advocacy, Blog, Media

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. The media that we consume …

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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9 Great gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Sigrid Firth 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

Sigrid Firth 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 …

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International Women’s Day 2018

Sigrid Firth 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 …