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The Budget delivers promising telehealth reforms but we need further investment

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

The Budget delivers promising telehealth reforms but we need further investment If the Government is serious about the National Women’s Health Strategy, we will need further investment in abortion care to ensure proposed measures succeed. Federal Budget announcements this week include promising telehealth reforms, and highlights a mixture of benefits and gaps in other areas of sexual and reproductive health. …

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The Federal Budget must invest in abortion care

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

The Government has announced investments of $353.9 million over the next 4 years for women’s health as part of the 2021-22 Budget. It is not yet clear if, how and where this investment will fund equity and access in abortion care. This investment is linked to the five priority areas of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 and the improvement …

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Nurse-led medical abortion care reforms proposed in Victoria

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Marie Stopes Australia congratulates Fiona Patten MP and her office for the adjournment asking for nurse-led medical abortion care. Fiona Patten MP tabled the adjournment in Victorian Parliament on Thursday, 29 April. The adjournment was consistent with the recommendations in the Legislative Scan we published last year that called for legislative reform to enable nurse-led medical abortion care and is …

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Our 2020 Impact Report: maintaining access while keeping our clients and team safe.

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

MEDIA RELEASE 22 April 2021 Today we have published a report sharing our impact during 2020. We started 2020 with a vision about how we would continue advancing our mission in Australia with a keen focus on delivering Your Choice, No Matter What. When the pandemic was called and we initiated a crisis management team structure, our goal for the …

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Historic day for women as abortion officially decriminalised in South Australia

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

MEDIA RELEASE South Australia (SA) is the latest Australian jurisdiction to formally decriminalise abortion, after the state’s upper house passed new laws on 3 March. The passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill came quickly after the lower house passed the legislation 29 votes to 15 in February. It was then sent back to the upper house for final approval, …

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South Australia moves towards decriminalisation of abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

MEDIA RELEASE In the early hours of this morning, the House of Assembly passed the Termination of Pregnancy Bill (the Bill). It’s a historic move for South Australia- the Bill will remove provisions from the criminal code which mean women and pregnant people can still be charged for obtaining an unlawful abortion. After more than 20 hours of debate, the …

Nurse-led models would increase access to abortion care

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

MEDIA STATEMENT Wednesday 4 November 2020 Advocates and legal experts have released a paper that necessitates the implementation of nurse-led models of abortion care in Australia. A shortage of trained providers presents a significant barrier to accessing abortion care services throughout Australia. While access to abortion care in rural, regional, and remote settings poses a considerable challenge. Long-term health inequity …

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Australia’s national abortion care provider calls on South Australia to amend its proposed bill to decriminalise abortion.

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MEDIA STATEMENT FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER Australia’s national abortion care provider calls on South Australia to amend its proposed bill to decriminalise abortion. Marie Stopes welcomes South Australia’s next step towards decriminalising abortion which will  bring it more in line with the rest of Australia. However, the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 tabled for a first reading in Parliament last Wednesday …

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Safe access zones a step closer in WA

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

MEDIA STATEMENT  1PM AWST WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER SAFE ACCESS ZONES A STEP CLOSER FOR WA The Western Australian Government has taken a step towards better protection of healthcare staff and patients accessing sexual and reproductive health services following the introduction of a safe access zones bill in Parliament today. The Public Health Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The Bill’) proposes measures that …

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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 …