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We are delighted to share with you our range of free articles, each highlighting a different reproductive and sexual health issue.  These articles have been designed specifically for your convenience and may be reprinted on your organisation's website, social media or newsletter.


Improving access to reproductive and sexual health services for young people

Family Planning Victoria (FPV) developed this Guide as part of our Integrated Health Promotion Plan 2013-17.
The aim of this Guide is to:

  1. Improve reproductive and sexual health (R&SH) care and referral pathways for young people in Victoria.
  2. Improve the capacity for primary health care providers in Victoria to provide R&SH services and support to young people in Victoria.

The report was informed by literature review, consultations with fifteen representative service providers, and focus groups with thirty-six young people. These groups included Same Sex Attracted & Sex/Gender Diverse (SSASGD) young people, young men, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and a general youth group.
The Guide was developed in metropolitan Melbourne, with a focus on the North and West Health Region, however it is intended as a state-wide resource.

Female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) in Victoria

Family Planning Victoria was funded by the Department of Health to produce a range of materials to improve health literacy, service access and planning regarding female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C). The below resources were subsequently developed in consultation with a wide range of experts.



Newton, D, Bayly, C, McNamee, K, Bismark, M, Hardiman, A, Webster, A and Keogh, L 2016, “‘…a one stop shop in their own community’: Medical abortion and the role of general practice”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, online 21 July(link:;jsessionid=94372E78D6C7429FCA6A74E5EF30D63A.f02, D, Bayly, C, McNamee, K, Hardiman, A, Bismark, M, Webster, A and Keogh, L 2016, “How do women seeking abortion choose between surgical and medical abortion? Perspectives from abortion service providers”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, online 17 August,

S, Rowe, H, Kirkman, M, Jordan, L, McNamee, K, Bayly, C, McBain, J, Sinnott, V and Fisher, J 2016, “Barriers to managing fertility: findings from the Understanding Fertility Management in Contemporary Australia Facebook Discussion Group”, vol. 5, no. 1, p. e7. 

Holton, S, Rowe, H, Kirkman, M, Jordan, L, McNamee, K, Bayly, C, McBain, J, Sinnott, V and Fisher, J 2016, “Long-acting reversible contraception: findings from the Understanding Fertility Management in Contemporary Australia survey”, European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 116-31. (link: )

Rowe, H, Holton, S, Kirkman, M, Bayly, C, Jordan, L, McNamee, K, McBain, J, Sinnott, V and Fisher, J 2016, “Prevalence and distribution of unintended pregnancy: the Understanding Fertility Management in Australia National Survey”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 104-9.
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Henzell, H and Berzins, K 2015, “Localized provoked vestibulodynia (vulvodynia): assessment and management”, Australian Family Physician, vol. 44, no. 7, pp. 460-66.
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Costello, S, Quinn, M, Tatchell, A, Jordan, L and Neophytou, K 2015, “In the best interests of the child: preventing female genital cutting (FGC)”, British Journal of Social Work, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 1259-1276.


Tabrizi, S, Brotherton, J, Kaldor, J, Skinner, S, Liu, B, Bateson, D, McNamee, K, Garefalakis, M, Phillips, S, Cummins, E, Malloy, M and Garland, S 2014,  “Assessment of herd immunity and cross-protection after a human papillomavirus vaccination programme in Australia: a repeat cross-sectional study”, Lancet Infectious Diseases, published online 5 August.
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Pearson, S and Cooray, S 2014, “Contraception: a new focus”, O&G Magazine, vol. 16, no. 3, pp, 14-16.

Lim, M, El-Hayek, C, Goller, J, Fairley, C, Nguyen, P, Hamilton, R, Henning, D, McNamee, K, Hellard, M and Stoove, M 2014, “Trends in chlamydia positivity among heterosexual patients from the Victorian Primary Care Network for Sentinel Surveillance, 2007-2011”, Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 200, no. 3, pp. 166-169.
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Newton, D, Bayly, C, Fairley, C, Chen, M, Keogh, L, Temple-Smith, M, Williams, H, McNamee, K, Fisher, J, Henning, D, Hsueh, A and Hocking, J 2014, “Women’s experiences of pelvic inflammatory disease: implications for health-care professionals”, Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 618-28.
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Ong, J, Temple-Smith, M, Wong, W, McNamee, K and Fairley, C 2014, “When two is better than one: differences in characteristics of women using condoms only compared to those using condoms combined with an effective contraceptive,” Journal of Women’s Health, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 168-174. (link: )


Stewart, M, McNamee, K and Harvey, C 2013, “A practical guide to contraception part 3: traditional methods, sterilisation and emergency contraception,” Medicine Today, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 55-65.
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Harvey, C, McNamee, K and Stewart, M 2013, “A practical guide to contraception part 2: long-acting reversible methods”, Medicine Today, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 39-51.
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McNamee, K and Pearson, S 2013, “Mifepristone: increased scope for primary care termination of pregnancy”, Medicine Today, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 66-69.
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McNamee, K, Harvey, C and Bateson, D 2013, “A practical guide to contraception part 1: contraceptive pills and vaginal rings”, Medicine Today, vol. 14, no. 7, pp. 18-32.
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Pearson, S 2013, “Sexuality and sexual health”, Check, Unit 496, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, East Melbourne, Vic.
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Bateson, D, McNamee, K and Briggs, P 2013, “Newer non-hormonal contraception”, British Medical Journal, published online February 14.

Newton, D, Keogh, L, Temple-Smith, M, Fairley, C, Chen, M, Bayly, C, Williams, H, McNamee, K, Henning, D, Hsueh, A, Fisher, J and Hocking, J 2013, “Key informant perceptions of youth-focussed sexual health promotion programs in Australia”, Sexual Health, vol. 10, pp. 47-56.
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Ong, J, Temple-Smith, M, Wong, W, McNamee, K and Fairley, C 2013, “Prevalence and characteristics associated with use of withdrawal among women in Victoria, Australia”, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 74-78.
(link:;jsessionid=334EFB4C06D3445A1F5A629E9CB2F9F7.f02t04 )

Smith, A, Fotinatos, N, Duffy, B and Burke, J 2013, “The provision of sexual health education in Australia: primary school teachers’ perspectives in rural Victoria”, Sex Education, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 247-262. 
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Roberts, A 2013, “Mind the gap: addressing HIV and STIs among young people in rural and regional areas”, HIV Australia, vol. 11, no. 3, p. 49.
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Harvey, C, McNamee, K and Bateson, D 2013, “The contraceptive consultation”, in Briggs, P, Kovacs, G and Guillebaud, J (eds), Contraception: a casebook from menarche to menopause, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Bateson, D, McNamee, K, Harvey, C, and Stewart, M 2012, “Contraception for women aged over 40: an important but neglected area”, Medicine Today, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 27-36. (link:

McNamee, K, Bateson, D and Harvey, C, 2012, “Contraception for young people”, Medical Observer, July. 
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Ong, J, Temple-Smith, M, Wong, W, McNamee, K and Fairley, C 2012, “Contraception matters: indicators of poor usage of contraception in sexually active women attending family planning clinics in Victoria, Australia”, BMC Public Health, no. 1108. (link: )

Tabrizi, S, Brotherton, J, Kaldor, J, Skinner, S, Cummins, E, Liu, B, Bateson, D, McNamee, K, Garefalakis, M and Garland, S 2012, “Fall in human papillomavirus prevalence following a national vaccination program”, Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 206, pp. 1645-1651. (link: )

Lim, S, Goller, J, Guy, R, Gold, J, Stoove, M, Hocking, J, Fairley, C, Henning, D, McNamee, K, Owen, L, Sheehan, P and Hellard, M 2012, “Correlates of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in a primary care sentinel surveillance network”, Sexual Health, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 247-253. (link: )

Temple-Smith, M, Pirotta, M, Kneebone, J, McNamee, K, Fairley, C, Bilardi, J and Hocking, J 2012, “A missed opportunity: lessons learnt from a chlamydia testing observation study in general practice,” Australian Family Physician, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 413-416.
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  Walker, J, Tabrizi, S, Fairley, C, Chen, M, Bradshaw, C, Twin, J, Taylor, N, Donovan, B, Kaldor, J, McNamee, K, Urban, E, Walker, S, Currie, M, Birden, H, Bowden, F, Gunn , J, Pirotta, M, Gurrin, L, Harindra, V, Garland, S and Hocking, J 2012, “Chlamydia trachomatis incidence and re-infection among young women – behavioural and microbiological characteristics”, PLoS One, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 1-9.

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