Western Australia moves towards safe access zones

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Contraception, Media, Safe access

Harassment and intimidation of clients and staff outside of our clinics may soon be a thing of the past, following moves towards safe access zones in Western Australia (WA). Today the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 will be reintroduced in the WA Legislative Assembly. The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2020 had passed in the …

Victorian investment promises increased sexual and reproductive health access

amy.otoole@mariestopes.org.au Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Victorian investment promises increased sexual and reproductive health access The Victorian State Budget delivers timely investment in healthcare with a lens on diversity. Funding towards gender-responsive budgeting measures is a welcome addition, with the potential to increase sexual and reproductive health access, equity and agency. The $3.8 billion investment in mental health is applauded, an essential investment in the pandemic …

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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 …

Reproductive coercion: hidden forces revisited

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 MEDIA STATEMENT 9AM AEDT WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER  REPRODUCTIVE COERCION: HIDDEN FORCES REVISITED In acknowledgement of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is today, Marie Stopes Australia has released the second edition of Hidden Forces: a white paper on reproductive coercion in Australia.     Reproductive coercion is behaviour that interferes with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about …

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Australia on track for national safe access to abortion care

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 MEDIA STATEMENT 10AM AWST/12.30PM ACDT FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER  AUSTRALIA ON TRACK FOR NATIONAL SAFE ACCESS TO ABORTION CARE  This week has seen significant advances for safe access to healthcare in Australia.   Safe access zones were legislated in South Australia on Wednesday when the Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill 2020 (‘The SA Bill’) was passed.   Safe access zones are another step closer to becoming law in Western Australia due to the Public Health Amendment (Safe …

Big changes in a new strategy coming – the new team to see it through

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 MEDIA STATEMENT  10.00AM AEDT THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER BIG CHANGES IN A NEW STRATEGY – THE NEW TEAM TO SEE IT THROUGH This year has been a challenge for so many organisations and people. At Marie Stopes Australia (MSA), we spent this time focused on two core objectives. Making sure: We continue to provide essential abortion care services to people living …

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.

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

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 …