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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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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 …

Marie Stopes searches for abortions fund philanthropists

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

We are looking for ‘brave philanthropists’ to support our $3 million Choice Fund for Australians who are struggling to afford abortion and contraception.  We plan to use our tax-deductible gift recipient status to pay for pregnancy terminations and contraceptive services for people experiencing financial hardship who can’t pay for private clinics.  Our fund will provide coverage for transport and accommodation costs, particularly for people in rural and remote areas where services are scarcest.  We’re looking for pro-choice backers who are committed to universal access …

Mental Health Day 2017- you’re not alone

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Suzanne Hurley, a member of our counselling team, wants women to know this Mental Health Day that it is absolutely normal to feel a ‘‘minefield of emotions’’ when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. For some women it is a straightforward decision to either continue with the pregnancy or terminate, but for other women, it can be an incredibly complex and stressful …

Marie Stopes opens service for Northern Territory women

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Nationally accredited contraception and safe abortion provider, Marie Stopes Australia, has welcomed the implementation of the new termination of pregnancy laws in the Northern Territory that came into effect on 1 July. Marie Stopes Australia CEO said the new laws provide women in the Northern Territory with greater choice and control over their sexual and reproductive health. “For too long …