Medical Abortion Forum 21 November 2016 Proceedings
In 2016 Women’s Health Victoria in partnership with Family Planning Victoria and the Royal Women’s Hospital held two forums relating to access to medical abortion in Victoria.
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, 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.
Forum 1 – 23 June 2016
The first forum explored the topic form the provider perspective and brought together panellists from the public and private sectors.
Access the 23 June Forum proceedings
Forum 2 – 21 November 2016
The second forum focused on research.
Access the 21 November proceedings below.
‘Is medical abortion increasing access for women in Victoria? What the research tells us’
Kylie Stephens and Dr Alana Hulme-Chalmers, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health
Dr Catherine Orr, Gateway Health Wodonga
Carl Arico, Marie Stopes International Australia
Prof Angela Taft, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University
Dr Joyce Jiang, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Assoc Prof Louise Keogh, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Louise Galloway, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Government
Discussion was facilitated by Candy Broad, Women’s Health Victoria.
Please note that this is an edited recording of forum proceedings. Not all presentations are included in the audio recording.
Full audiorecording download (MP3 67 MB) – Large file – Duration: 70 min.
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’
Is medical abortion increasing access for women in Victoria? : what the research tells us : proceedings of a forum held 21 November 2016 [audiorecording] / Women's Health Victoria - Melbourne : Women's Health Victoria, January 2017