Family Planning Victoria is among a number of Australian organisations and medical practitioners who as a coalition, are advocating policy and practice changes to improve early medical abortion access amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coalition has been formed by the NHMRC-funded SPHERE Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Primary Care. It is being led by Monash University’s Professor Danielle Mazza. Find the full list of Coalition members here.
According to the SPHERE website, the Coalition's mission is to "give a strong, collective voice to secure high quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for women during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond".
To mark International Day of Action on Women's Health (May 28), the Coalition is advocating a range of changes to support women and pregnant people whose access to early medical abortion has been challenged during the pandemic by delays in ultrasound availability, an inability to travel, and cost barriers.