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Ahead of World Contraception Day on Saturday September 26th, Family Planning NSW has published a new report looking at current contraception trends in Australia.

New research from Family Planning NSW has confirmed nurses are well placed to perform contraceptive implant procedures, and this would have a positive impact on clinical service delivery and increase contraception access.

Establishing new ways of caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic was crucial to ensuring access to essential healthcare, such as contraception. However, new restrictions limiting Australia's telehealth Medicare rebate system leave the nation at risk of failing to meet the healthcare needs of the population as the pandemic continues.

Family Planning NSW's Reproductive and Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook 2020 delivers significant updates on overall approaches to reproductive and sexual healthcare as well as new information around the national cervical screening program, transgender care and abortion.

According to Teenage Pregnancy, published in the Australian Journal of General Practice, GPs have a key role in positively managing teenage pregnancies and promoting contraceptive options to prevent their occurence.

The COVID-19 lockdown coupled with financial stressors and operating restrictions on support services has created a serious domestic violence crisis. As restrictions ease recognising and responding to domestic violence and bolstering services is a priority.

Family Planning NSW sexuality and relationship courses aiming to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes in Lithgow will now be available online, adhering to NSW Health recommended infection control and social distancing practices.

Family Planning NSW has launched a new telehealth service to ensure access to essential reproductive and sexual health services is not compromised during this time.

Family Planning NSW courses will improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes for people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders.

Family Planning NSW has welcomed the upcoming Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing of Kyleena, the first long-acting, reversible contraceptive to receive a government subsidy in 15 years.

The copper intrauterine device is the most effective emergency contraception and the only method to provide ongoing contraception, yet it is underutilised in Australia according to new research from Family Planning NSW.

Family Planning NSW is aiming to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes in Lithgow with the introduction of whole of community sexuality and relationship education courses.

The Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 prioritises the religious beliefs of healthcare workers over the healthcare needs of individuals, including people who may already be disadvantaged and struggling to access appropriate services.

As the leading provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare services FPNSW cannot support a bill which further threatens equitable, universal access to healthcare.

More than $75 million could be saved over five years if the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) in Australia was on par with the international benchmark, new research from Family Planning NSW shows.

Nurse-led insertions of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) could increase affordability and access to contraception for Australian women, new research from Family Planning NSW shows.

Women suffering from bacterial vaginosis could find relief from the debilitating infection with a new trial that will look to improve cure rates by also treating male sexual partners of affected women with a new treatment option.

The NSW Pro-Choice Alliance has welcomed the adoption of the Abortion Reform Bill 2019 which finally ends 119-year-old laws that criminalised women for seeking abortions.

Alliance Chair Wendy McCarthy said the change was a victory for NSW women who were the last in Australia to have abortion laws reformed.

EACH week 29 NSW women are forced to travel interstate to have an abortion as appropriate care is not available in their home state. NSW Pro-Choice Alliance Chair Wendy McCarthy said this migration of patients was an appalling reality that saw women forced to endure extra costs, travel and isolation.

PROMINENT NSW citizens have come out in support of abortion decriminalisation - signing on to publicly support the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill before it returns to the NSW Upper House next Tuesday.

In June high school student Bella Ziade mobilised hundreds of Sydneysiders to protest NSW's restrictive anti-abortion laws amid fears US-style wind backs on reproductive health could be headed home. Today, she has thrown her support behind the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance rally in Sydney, this Saturday.

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