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Updated specialised Contraception Handbook for best-practice delivery


20 March 2017

Family Planning NSW announces the launch of Contraception: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook, fourth edition, developed in partnership with Family Planning Victoria and True Relationships and Reproductive Health.

Contraception: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook, fourth edition is an essential resource for all primary care practitioners, featuring 12 chapters on contraception and co-authored by practicing medical experts from across Australia.

Now in its fourth edition, the handbook provides accurate information on all available contraceptive methods and related clinical practice for health-care practitioners. The content is based on extensive research, review and critical analysis of the most recent evidence-based literature and research.

CEO of Family Planning NSW, Adjunct Professor Ann Brassil says "Each chapter has been comprehensively updated with extensive referencing. It's the perfect practical guide for health professionals along with medical and nursing students."

Laid out in an easy to read format, the chapters are colour coded for easy referencing, drawing on recent guidelines including those from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in the United Kingdom.

First published in 2006, family planning organisations around Australia saw a need for a consensus approach to contraceptive practice based on evidence, critical review and applicability to the Australian context.

Chapters include:

  • The Contraceptive Consultation;
  • Intrauterine Devices;
  • Etonogestrel Implants;
  • Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate;
  • Combined Hormonal Contraceptives;
  • Progestogen-Only Pills;
  • Emergency Contraception;
  • Barrier Methods, Fertility Awareness Methods, Lactational Amenorrhoea Method and Withdrawal Method;
  • Permanent Contraceptive Methods;
  • Contraception in Special Circumstances;
  • UK Medical Eligibility Criteria Summary Tables.

Medical Director at Family Planning NSW, Dr Deborah Bateson says "This is a great resource to support every clinician who provides contraceptive advice, full of the very latest evidence-based guidance and information from practicing experts in this important field of clinical care."


'This book should prove invaluable as a study guide for trainees in General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sexual Health and Nursing/Midwifery. However it is likely to be just as useful for the more experienced practitioner.'

Dr Terri Foran, Sexual Health Physician, Lecturer, School of Women's and Children's Health, University of NSW.

'This latest issue of "Contraception: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook; the Fourth Edition" is an invaluable, up to date and practical guide for GPs and Specialists alike. I commend it as one of the few new books which all physicians should have on their bookshelves, or at least within easy reach, to provide guidance and reassurance in handling those increasingly 'thorny' specialist or cross-discipline challenges!'

Prof Ian Fraser, AO, DSc, MD, BSc (Hons), FRANZCOG, FRCOG, CREI; Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Honorary REI Sub-specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

'This book is an invaluable resource for all healthcare professionals providing advice on a full range of contraceptive options available in Australia.'

Shannon Woodward, President, Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association (ASHHNA)

For more information visit www.fpnsw.org.au/contrabook

For further information or interview opportunities contact media@fpnsw.org.au or ph: 02 8752 4253

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