Early medical abortion: reflections on current practice

O&G Magazine (RANZCOG), by Dr Lisa Rasmussen

In the last 30 years, medical abortion has globally become an established, safe and straightforward method for pregnancies of less than nine weeks gestation. It is now recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as the method of choice for women up to nine weeks gestation.

The reality of providing medical abortion for women, however, is a more complex matter. Abortion services are contextualised by the specific and, at times, changing abortion laws in each country and state. These laws, in turn, are determined and maintained by each jurisdiction’s specific gendered social and political histories, practices and attitudes.

In Australia and New Zealand, this context continues to affect who can provide medical abortions, the models of care adopted, the ongoing struggle to provide affordable and accessible care to all women, and the level to which medical abortion is accepted as a normal and important part of women’s healthcare.

Within the context of these histories and challenges, this article will attempt to guide you through the process of providing a medical abortion as a health practitioner.

SA Practitioners List for Trans* Health

Trans* Health South Australia, Updated 6th February 2017

The SA Practitioners List: A Community Directory for Sex and Gender Diverse Persons in South Australia has been updated.

The list was compiled by gender diverse community members last year, and is continually undergoing development to attempt to better reflect community needs. It features GPs, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists, sexual health physicians, gynaecologists, surgeons, and allied health practitioners.

The list is based on feedback from members of the community and/or practitioners directly.

Trans Health SA is a peer run site to support the gender diverse community, professionals, allies and those interested in where to access various resources in South Australia.

  • Access updated list here 
  • See Trans* Health South Australia website here 

Queensland abortion laws in spotlight

ABC Radio,  Monday, August 1, 2016 18:40:00

A group of Brisbane obstetricians and gynaecologists is calling for the right to opt out of performing abortions, if a bill decriminalising the practice gets through the Queensland Parliament.  The group has made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws to take abortion out of Queensland’s criminal code.  The inquiry is currently underway in Brisbane.

Read more here