Abortion Doesn’t Negatively Affect Women’s Mental Health: Study

TIME, Dec. 14, 2016

The largest and most comprehensive study on the matter reports that women are much more emotionally stressed if they are denied an abortion initially than if they received one upon request.

“There are policies and decisions being made with this assumption that abortion harms women’s mental health,” says study author M. Antonia Biggs.

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  • Access journal paper (full text, open access) here

Measuring & addressing the prevalence & health impacts of intimate partner violence in Australian women

ANROWS,  30th October 2016

Intimate partner violence, including violence in both cohabiting and non-cohabiting relationships and emotional abuse:

  • is prevalent–affecting one in three women since the age of 15. One in four women have experienced violence or abuse from a cohabiting partner. If we only consider physical and sexual violence, then one in six women have experienced at least one incident of violence by a cohabiting partner;
  • has serious impacts for women’s health–contributing to a range of negative health outcomes, including poor mental health, problems during pregnancy and birth, alcohol and illicit drug use, suicide, injuries and homicide;
  • contributes an estimated 5.1 percent to the disease burden in Australian women aged 18-44 years and 2.2% of the burden in women of all ages;
  • contributes more to the burden than any other risk factor in women aged 18-44 years, more than well known risk factors like tobacco use, high cholesterol or use of illicit drugs;
  • is estimated to contribute five times more to the burden of disease among Indigenous than non-Indigenous women;
  • is estimated to make a larger contribution than any other risk factor to the gap in the burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women aged 18-44 years;2 and
  • has serious consequences for the development and wellbeing of children living with violence.

There has been no decrease in the prevalence or health burden of intimate partner violence since both were last measured in Australia.

Intimate partner violence and its health impacts are preventable.

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New pilot project to improve hep B outcomes for at-risk patients

Burnet Institute, 28 June, 2016

Improved screening of patients at risk of hepatitis B is the aim of a new pilot project underway in Victoria, with early diagnosis and treatment crucial to reduce the risk of liver cancer.

Cancer Council Victoria and Burnet Institute’s Screening for Hepatitis in At-Risk Populations (SHARP) project will trial four new interventions to help diagnose hepatitis B in GP clinics.

The project is targeting patients from countries where hepatitis B is endemic, including Somalia, Sudan, China and Vietnam.

  • Read more here
  • SHARP project details here

Late Termination of Pregnancy: RANZCOG statement

RANZCOG,  May 2016

The College recognises special circumstances where late termination of pregnancy may be regarded by the managing clinicians and the patient as the most suitable option in the particular circumstance.

This statement has been developed and reviewed by the RANZCOG Board.

Download statement (PDF) here: Late Termination of Pregnancy C-Gyn 17a_Board Approved May16