TGA backs consumer adverts for ulipristal in Australia

Pharmacy News, 19 May, 2017

The TGA has agreed that consumer advertising should be allowed for the emergency contraceptive ulipristal.

This will help increase public awareness and access to ulipristal (branded EllaOne) and therefore reduce unplanned pregnancies, says the TGA.

 

 

Sexual Health & Cervix Screening Update Day (for doctors, nurses, midwives and other health & community workers)

SHine SA, January 2017

The 2017 Sexual Health & Cervix Screening Update Day is presented by SHine SA and South Australian Cervix Screening Program.

This annual event is open to doctors, nurses and midwives and any other interested health and community workers.

The renewed cervical screening guidelines are to be implemented from 1 May 2017. The Update Day has been timed to coincide with the release of resources around these changes and these resources will be available on the day.

The full event program will cover:

  • Cervix screening – statistics, clinical guidelines and strategies
  • Biomedical options for HIV prevention
  • STIs and HIV in Aboriginal communities
  • Providing culturally appropriate services
  • Syphilis: An update on the great mimicker
  • Who to test and how to treat: Mycoplasma genitalium, rectal testing in women and more…
  • Emergency contraception
  • Long Acting Reversible Contraception

We are pleased to feature speakers from SA Cervix Screening Program, SAHMRI, Clinic 275, O’Brien Street General Practice, SAMESH and SHine SA for this event.

(Please see below to download the full program as a PDF)

Course Dates

Sexual Health & Cervix Screening Update Day

Date: 31/03/2017

Course Cost

$150 per person; Student discounted rate: $135 (10% discount)Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided.

WHEN
Friday 31 March 2017
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

WHERE
Crowne Plaza, Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

Course Outline

Enrolment

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points will be available for this event.

Rescheduling of ulipristal acetate (EllaOne®) in Australia

SHine SA, October 2016

SHine SA and Family Planning Alliance Australia put in submissions to the TGA for the rescheduling of ulipristal acetate (EllaOne®), a new emergency contraceptive pill in Australia.

The rescheduling is from prescription-only to Schedule 3 (available in pharmacies with a pharmacy consultation). This has now been approved, to take place from February 2017.

This is an important access issue.

EllaOne® emergency contraception has also been added to the SHine SA formulary.

Access TGA information about ulipristal acetate (including links to the public submissions) here 

‘Five days after’ contraceptive pill launched by RU486 supplier

Sydney Morning Herald, April 27, 2016 – 12:01AM

An emergency contraceptive that works up to five days after unprotected sex has been launched by Australia’s sole supplier of medical abortion drug RU486.

The EllaOne pill, from non-profit pharmaceutical group MS Health, is available from Wednesday.

Read more here

Sexual health, human rights and the law – new WHO report

By SASHA on 17/6,/2015

The World Health Organisation has just published a new report, Sexual health, human rights and the law, which draws on evidence to  “show how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health through legal and other mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards and their own human rights obligations”.

From the report:

“Developments over the past three decades, particularly in the wake of the HIV pandemic, have brought an understanding that discrimination and inequality also play a key role in whether or not people can attain and maintain sexual health.”

Laws and regulations have an impact on the enjoyment of the highest attainable
standard of sexual health. Harmonizing laws with human rights standards can foster the promotion of sexual health across and within various populations,
while the negative impact of laws that are in contradiction with human rights standards has been increasingly documented”.

Amongst other recommendations, the report calls for:

  • decriminalisation of sex work, same-sex sexual behaviour, and HIV transmission
  • increased access to emergency contraception for adolescents
  • increased access and inclusivity of care, informed consent for intersex people
  • being able to determine and express one’s gender identity without stigma discrimination, exclusion and violence
  • universal patient confidentiality as standard
  • universal access to information and education relating to sexuality and sexual health
  • law reform around sexual violence
  • access to safe abortion and post-abortion care

Download report here