How we advocate

Family Planning NSW advocates for reproductive and sexual health rights at a global, regional and national level by working with the Australian Government, regional governments, UN agencies, international and local non-government organisations and partners. Family Planning NSW avoids advocacy that harms or increases risk for affected groups.

Our advocacy work is strengthened through media appearances, social media, lobbying, policy engagement and formal participation in government processes such as through written submissions.

We work to drive change by:

  • building the capacity of international partners, people and health systems to provide sustainable reproductive and sexual health services
  • strengthening organisational capacity to support international program implementation
  • promoting research and evaluation findings and supporting translation of findings into our international development work and advocacy to inform public policy
  • working in partnership with government, non-government and community organisations to implement programs that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • supporting government and non-government organisations to implement policies, strategies and services that uphold the reproductive and sexual health rights of marginalised groups
  • integrating reproductive and sexual health into national strategies and programmes and promoting reproductive and sexual health at national and international forums.

Our advocacy and communication messages reflect the perspectives of the groups we work with. Family Planning NSW is committed to using images and messages in communications that are not only authentic to the context, person and terms of consent given, but also portray affected people in a manner that respects their dignity, values, history, religion, language and culture.

A commitment to evidence, research and human rights

As a leading Australian provider of reproductive and sexual health services, Family Planning NSW is frequently consulted on policies and practices related to our expertise.

Our focus is to translate research findings into clinical practice and teaching and in guiding government and other decision-making bodies on best practice reproductive and sexual health services and rights. We are recognised as an expert commentator and opinion leader in reproductive and sexual health.

We ensure the latest and most accurate research and clinical excellence is highlighted when positioning Family Planning NSW as the pre-eminent voice for reproductive and sexual health both in Australia and globally.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to reproductive and sexual health and rights. The definition for sexual and reproductive health was agreed at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994 and reiterated in subsequent international forums including the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995:

Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so... To maintain one's sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby.

United Nations Population Fund

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