World Medical Association updates advice on medically indicated termination of pregnancy

Australian Medical Association, October 21, 2018

Revised advice to physicians on medically indicated termination of pregnancy has been issued by the World Medical Association.

At its recent annual General Assembly in Reykjavik, the WMA reiterated that where the law allows medically indicated termination of pregnancy to be performed, the procedure should be carried out by a competent physician.

However, it agreed that in extreme cases it could be performed by another qualified health care worker. An extreme case would be a situation where only an abortion would save the life of the mother and no physician was available, as might occur in many parts of the world. This amends previous WMA advice from 2006 that only physicians should undertake such procedures.

Bill to legalise abortion introduced to NSW parliament

Guardian Australia, Thursday 11 August 2016

More than 100 academics have called on the New South Wales government to take abortion off the criminal code as Greens upper house member Mehreen Faruqi prepares to introduce the legislation.

Law and criminology academics from across the state have signed a letter saying it is time to decriminalise abortion and calling for privacy zones to be introduced around abortion service providers and clinics.

Read more here

Bid to wind back Victorian abortion laws fails

The Age, May 25, 2016 – 10:35PM

A push to wind back abortion laws in the Victorian Parliament has failed.

Democratic Labour Party MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins recently introduced a private members’ bill to effectively ban abortions after 24 weeks.

But on Wednesday that bill was defeated 27 votes to 11 in Parliament’s 40-member Legislative Council.

Read more here

Sex and Disability on SBS Insight next week

SBS Insight
Airdate: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 20:30

Channel: SBS

Imagine: you’ve been married to your partner for 25  years. You live with them, love them, are sexually attracted to them, but physical intimacy? Almost impossible.

This is the reality for David and Jenni Heckendorf, who both have profound cerebral palsy that greatly limits their mobility. In order to have sex, they must use the services of a sex worker; a process of extreme trust, vulnerability and financial cost.

They lobbied to use their NDIS funding to access their sex worker, but others are restricted by state laws and regulations around sex work.

Rachel Wotton is one such sex worker, who works with clients with physical and intellectual disabilities.

What if your child had an intellectual disability? How do you teach them about all the nuances of sex and sexuality: consent, attraction, pleasure, emotion, consequences?

Mary McMahon has helped her gay son negotiate porn. Jarrod McGrath teaches sex-ed classes for children with intellectual disabilities.

And what happens, if and when kids come along? What is the most ethical course of action?

This week, Insight is looking at two issues that are definitely not mutually exclusive: sex and disability.

Psychologist who had affair with transgender patient struck off for 5 years

NSW Caselaw, February 2016

A psychologist in NSW has been banned by from registration or providing any health services for five years. The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission brought complaints of unprofessional conduct and professional misconduct against Seth Talmadge. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found that the patient (who had transitioned from female to male some years ago, and de-transitioned under Mr Talmadge’s guidance, after they commenced a sexual relationship) was “very vulnerable”. It also found that Talmadge had failed to maintain professional boundaries and to refer the patient appropriately and to seek supervision and to keep records.

Read the NCAT judgement here