Access to most contraceptives in Australia requires a prescription from a doctor, and it has been shown that doctors can influence women’s decision-making with respect to contraception. However, little research has documented how women experience their interactions with doctors within the context of a contraceptive consultation. Understanding such experiences may contribute to our knowledge of factors that may influence women’s contraceptive decisions more broadly.

End of Pap smear is good for womenIn her Sydney Morning Herald article, Dr Deborah Bateson - Medical Director of Family Planning NSW - weighs in on the imminent changes to the National Cervical Screening Program.

A spotlight has been cast on a little known organism called Mycoplasma genitalium as an emerging cause of sexually transmitted conditions in women and men.

While we still need to learn more about M.genitalium, it is important to know how the medical community in Australia is responding to this newly discovered infectious bacterium. In women, M.genitalium is known to be associated with inflammatory conditions of the cervix (cervicitis) and upper genital tract (pelvic inflammatory disease or PID). If untreated, PID can lead to complications including infertility, miscarriage and preterm delivery, although the exact role of M.genitalium in these complications is not yet clear.

She DecidesFamily Planning NSW unites with organisations around the world, opposed to the US Global Gag Rule, a policy banning financial support to organisations that provide access to, or information about safe abortion.

In response to the Global Gag Rule, we applaud the She Decides initiative, aimed at raising money to counterbalance the funding gap.


Dr. Mary StewartHow much do men really know about contraception? Family Planning NSW's Dr Mary Stewart talks male and female contraception including Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in The Sydney Morning Herald

Reproductive & Sexual Health HandbookReproductive and Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook - Family Planning NSW’s highly anticipated updated edition is published.Family Planning NSW announces the launch of Reproductive and Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbook, third edition.

An essential resource for all primary care practitioners, the updated Handbook features 17 chapters on Reproductive and Sexual Health including new topics on early pregnancy related problems and pelvic floor disorders.

Family Planning NSW Annual Reports and PublicationsThe Annual Report is a comprehensive record of our work over the financial year 2015-2016, providing our valued stakeholders, partners and the community with information about the reach and depth of our programs and services. In this our 90th year, Family Planning NSW prides itself on continuing to focus on providing the very best services and supports to all people across NSW. We continue to develop and implement new clinical services and methods of service delivery to meet community need. We have extended the range and reach of professional education. Equally importantly, we have increased the evidence in relation to reproductive and sexual health, to inform both our clinical and education services. Our International Development program in the Pacific continues in partnership with local service providers to focus on communities with very poor reproductive and sexual health. Very challenging and rewarding!

During the 2015-2016 financial year we provided 30,986 clinical consultations to 15,716 clients. Our Education service provided 90 formal training courses to 1,217 participants while 16,053 clients attended community education activities.

Internationally, Family Planning NSW’s work reached 19,016 direct beneficiaries from Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

PennySharpe.png"With a big shout out to hip hop artists Salt-N-Pepa, tonight I want to talk about sex, and I want to pay tribute to the organisations and individuals that talk about sex every day. In particular I want to pay tribute to an organisation that this year will celebrate 90 years of talking about sex, educating about sex and providing training to doctors and nurses about sex and human sexuality - an organisation that has talked openly, without shame and with accuracy, about all the good things and the bad things sex may be; and an organisation that understands the role of relationships in human wellbeing and the empowerment that comes from knowledge about sex, especially for women."

Knocked up

Last week, the news that detox teas could interfere with the contraceptive Pill - and potentially result in an unplanned pregnancy - came as a shock to many of us.

It was an all-too-real reminder that falling pregnant while taking the Pill can happen, although thankfully it’s relatively uncommon. According to Family Planning NSW, the combined Pill is 99.7 per cent accurate with perfect use — perfect being the operative word here.

Sexual injuriesWe can all get a little carried away when we’re getting down ‘n dirty, but have you ever thought about those poor peeps that have had to be rushed away to the emergency room after a particularly rowdy round of S-E-X?

90th Anniversary ConferenceTo commemorate 90 years as the state’s leading provider of reproductive and sexual health services, Family Planning NSW,  the first family planning organisation in Australia, is hosting a two-day conference on November 3 and 4. It focuses on opportunities and challenges surrounding reproductive and sexual health internationally and locally.

A study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry linking hormonal contraception with depression has provoked a lot of media interest and may raise questions from our patients. This summary provides an overview of the study and its implications so we can support informed decision-making in relation to contraceptive choices.

sub-buzz-24867-1476918125-1.png?resize=625:346&no-autoThe World Health Organisation disagrees.

Anti-abortion documentary Hush, which shows a purported link between abortion and an increased chance of developing breast cancer, will be screened at a fundraiser for Women’s Forum Australia, “an independent women’s think-tank”, in Melbourne.

gettyimages-487091374.jpg?itok=RqtlB-dx&mtime=1476853659Like most matters of the body and heart, contraception is very much a personal choice. But are we fully aware of all the choices available to us?

Reproductive and sexual health experts, Dr Mary Stewart and Dr Deborah Bateson, are currently asking health professionals to encourage patients to consider long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods.

Family Planning NSW is hosting a forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability of all ages to address sexuality issues across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The forum will include presentations and workshops on disability and sexuality, preparing for puberty, relationships and dating and tips for talking about sex and answering tricky questions.


Since it took the world by storm in the sixties, Australian women have embraced the pill.

We were the second nation in the world to have access to this revolutionary tablet and up to 80 per cent of Australian women will use it at some point in their lives.

There's a lot to like about the pill – it stops unwanted pregnancies, it allows you to skip your period and in many cases, you won't notice any difference to your body or brain.

Dollarphotoclub_82287165.jpg?resize=1140%2C641&ssl=1Family Planning NSW says the current situation is locking out lower-income women from accessing the right medication Dr Deborah Bateson.

The PillIt has been 55 years since the pill hit the Australian market and it remains the most popular method of contraception, despite a host of other longer-acting options becoming available in that time.

gnav_logo.gifIt's expensive, it takes heaps of time and it hurts. Why do we put so much effort into maintaining body hair? And what can happen when you decide not to anymore?


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