Medical Abortion Forum 2016 proceedings
On 23 June 2016 Women’s Health Victoria in partnership with Family Planning Victoria and the Royal Women’s Hospital held a forum exploring the topic:
‘Is medical abortion increasing access for women in Victoria? New models of care and ongoing challenges.’
Safe access to abortion is good public health practice and plays an important role in supporting women’s health, equality and wellbeing. Access to medical abortion is associated with numerous potential benefits for women, including greater choice and access, as well as lower costs. However, in Victoria ongoing barriers to accessing medical abortion include high costs, the multiple appointments required, and a lack of services in rural and regional areas.
Dr Paddy Moore, Gynaecologist, Royal Women’s Hospital
Dr Susie Allanson, Clinical Psychologist, Fertility Control Clinic
Dr Paul Hyland, Medical Director, The Tabbot Foundation
Dr Kathy McNamee, Medical Director, Family Planning Victoria
Dr Angela Rutherford, GP Clinical Editor, Health Pathways Melbourne
Dr Lou Sanderson, GP Clinical Director of Kardinia Health
Discussion was facilitated by Candy Broad, Women’s Health Victoria.
Full audiorecording download (MP3 270 MB) – Large file – Duration: 115 min.
Additional PowerPoint presentations from the Forum will be added here as available.
Feedback from participants
‘Lots has been done, and there is still lots more to do in providing access to MTOP in Victoria.’
‘Ongoing challenges in ensuring access to safe and affordable abortion for women’
‘It is going to happen, will just take off in different ways in different places’
Medical Abortion Forum 2016 proceedings [audiorecording and slides] / Women's Health Victoria - Melbourne : Women's Health Victoria, June 2016