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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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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 …

Natural contraception period tracker application

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 …

Finding birth control that works for you

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog, Contraception

Australian women got access to the birth control pill in 1961, and to say that it was a game changer would be putting it lightly. For women, having choice about if and when to have children meant they could make decisions around their future. But medical science didn’t stop there, and since the 60s has been continuously innovating and improving …

Contraception and unplanned pregnancy

The truth about abortion

Eleonore Bridier Abortion, Blog, Contraception

One in three Australian women will have an unplanned pregnancy in their lifetime.1 Many of these women will make the decision to terminate the pregnancy. No one wants to have an abortion. It’s not exactly a bucket list item that little girls grow up aspiring to tick off. The people who choose to terminate a pregnancy are doing so for …

Copper IUD

9 Facts about Copper IUDs

Eleonore Bridier Blog, Contraception

Right now, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to contraceptive options. So much so in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start. Well before you consign yourself to simply taking The Pill and forgetting about anything else, you might want to consider these awesome facts about the Copper IUD! After it’s inserted, your copper IUD …

Two women gossiping about The Pill and contraception.

Think you’re on the best contraception?

Eleonore Bridier Contraception

Oh, you’ve managed to get a prescription for the pill? Why you lucky duck! I heard they’re only giving that to the married ladies. Did you catch that Roy Rogers movie on Saturday? He looks just like Eddie don’t you think? Oh yes, we’re going steady now. Although I have to admit, I’m worried he might leave me for that …

Schoolies 2017

Your guide to a no-regrets schoolies

Eleonore Bridier Advice, Blog

If we’re talking rites of passage, schoolies is pretty hard to beat. Sun, sand and surf surrounded by your best mates, beats and beautiful strangers; what could go wrong? Well, ideally nothing. If you remember to follow the No-Regrets Schoolies Guide you’re guaranteed to turn your good times into great memories. Yeah, yeah, we’re talking about the serious stuff. But …