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This year marks the 90th anniversary of Family Planning NSW, the organisation which started the family planning movement in Australia in 1926. To celebrate this significant milestone, Family Planning NSW is hosting an international two-day Conference and Gala Dinner on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2016.

We use contraception for a bunch of different reasons: to ward off STIs, to stop unplanned pregnancies, to regulate hormonal issues, and as a general precaution when having sex with a new partner. There are heaps of different methods out there, and each of them has different advantages and side effects to think about.

It is essential to clearly visualise the cervix when taking a Pap smear – and this requirement will continue with the changes to the cervical screening program in 2017 with the switch from Pap tests to primary HPV screening.

Cryotherapy - Solomon IslandsFamily Planning NSW is partnering with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) to provide new cervical screening services for women over 25 years old.

Mele village VanuatuThere are many women in Vanuatu who live on the outer islands, or in more rural or remote areas, or who cannot afford the transport into a clinic or hospital in town. To reach them, VFHA nurses will go to them, running outreach clinics from small village health centres.

Family Planning NSW is today launching a new video campaign, ‘What’s LARC?’, to encourage women to consider Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) when making decisions about their fertility management.

A significant lack of contraceptive information resources in the Aboriginal community in the Hunter region led to a four-year project. Hey Sister! Hey Brother! is a new information booklet tailored to address contraception awareness of Aboriginal women and men in the Hunter region.

Australia now has the second lowest cervical cancer rate in the world, yet despite the huge public health success of the program 229 women still died of cervical cancer in 2012 (1) with an average age 50 years. Importantly, almost 80% of women who do develop cervical cancer have not been screened or had regular screening tests.

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