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Situational Report: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Australia

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Marie Stopes Australia, Updated 17 April 2020 Situational Report: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Australia – A request for collaboration and action to maintain contraceptive and abortion care throughout the SARS-COV-2 / COVID-19 pandemic Executive Summary We are in a context of increased risk of unplanned pregnancy, reproductive coercion, sexually transmitted infections, lack of...

SHINE SA media release: CONTRACEPTION IS ESSENTIAL IN PREVENTING RISE IN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY DURING COVID-19

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SHINE SA Media Release: 2 April 2020 Sexual and reproductive health must remain at the forefront of our minds during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible that throughout this crisis we may see a rise in unintended pregnancy as well as incidences of domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual coercion.  Unfortunately this could come at a time where our health systems are focused on the...

COVID-19: pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding – statements & guidance

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Various sources, March 2020 RANZCOG statement: A message for pregnant women and their families  The Lancet Study on COVID-19 Transmission in Pregnancy  CDC Statement: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (USA)  Updated SOGC Committee Opinion – COVID-19 in Pregnancy (Canada) RCOG Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy (UK) Abortion care: UK...

Calls for segregated mental health wards to reduce sexual assault risk

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ABC (Katherine Gregory on AM), February 2020 Sexual violence against women in mental health wards is going unchecked, despite service providers’ awareness of the problem. A new report has found women in Victorian mental health wards are vulnerable to sexual assault, harassment and violence from male patients and staff. It’s calling for stricter separation of male and female patients...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey shows mixed outcomes

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Australian Bureau of Statistics, 11/12/2019 A new report shows mixed health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a reduction in smoking and improvements in how people feel about their health, but an increased proportion of people with chronic conditions causing significant health problems. The 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey released...

Updated blood borne virus guidelines for health professionals in SA

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SA Health, 11 April 2019 The ‘Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Healthcare Workers Living with Blood Borne Viruses and Healthcare Workers who Perform Exposure Prone Procedures at Risk of Exposure to Blood Borne Viruses’ have been updated. They can be viewed on the Commonwealth Department of Health website. The guidelines are in two parts: Part A provides information and...

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