Family Planning Victoria's (FPV) clinics are clinical training environments for medical and nursing professionals to engage with the practical side of reproductive and sexual health training.

Clinicians train in our clinics to supplement theoretical training and/or meet the competency requirements of one of our professional learning programs.

Resources for clinicians

Secondary consultation

FPV is able to offer a secondary consultation service to health professionals working with clients in other health settings. The service provides advice and guidance on reproductive and sexual health issues. An FPV reproductive and sexual health nurse is available via telephone as the first point of contact. Call (03) 9257 0100 and ask to speak with the resource nurse.


IUD equipment sourcing information is available to assist health professionals who have undertaken IUD training with FPV to set-up in their own practice environment.

Clinical resources

FPV has created a variety of clinical resources to support the work undertaken in our training clinics. Some of these resources are listed below.

These resources are made available to download and can be adapted to suit your own clinical environment. Most of the resources are provided in RTF or WORD formats to enable easy integration into your medical software.

At FPV we use Best Practice medical software. Information is easily imported from desktop documents into 'templates' or simply cut and paste into new 'autofills' created by your own software. If you use medical software other than Best Practice, please consult your provider for advice.

Please note: The resources here provide general information only. The suitability of such general information varies from person to person, depending on individual circumstances. Our clinical resources are subject to copyright. The use, reproduction, distribution or adaptation of Family Planning Victoria resources is subject to our licence terms, which must be agreed to prior to use.

If you are not a clinician then you should seek specific medical or legal advice on your individual circumstances.

Statements from the Clinical Reference Group of the Medical Advisory Committee of Family Planning Alliance Australia

The Medical Advisory Committee of Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) has released a collection of clinical statements on a range of contraceptive topics for health practitioners.

The FPAA Medical Advisory Committee is made up of senior medical educators, senior medical officers and medical directors of the member family planning organisations. The committee reviews current clinical practice and provides evidence and consensus based recommendations for use by health practitioners.

The statements cover new and emerging issues in contraception and provide guidance in areas where evidence is lacking.


Etonogestrel implants (Implanon NXT®)

Combined Hormonal Contraception

Decreasing bleeds in users of the pill and vaginal ring

Using the combined pill and vaginal ring to skip or delay bleeding is popular. Tailored pill taking involves taking the combined pill or vaginal ring (changed every 3 weeks) continuously until 4 or more days of unscheduled bleeding occurs an then having a 4 day break.

Emergency Contraception

Rapid initiation of hormonal contraception decreases the efficacy of ulipristal in preventing pregnancy. If a user would like to start hormonal contraception, it will not affect the efficacy of ulipristal if it is delayed for 5 days after taking ulipristal. The efficacy of ulipristal might be decreased in current users of hormonal contraception.

If a person has a further episode of unprotected sex after taking oral emergency contraception, the dose should be repeated.

Drug interactions with hormonal contraceptives

General contraception issues

Quick Start

Quick Start refers to the practice of starting hormonal contraception outside the time that is traditionally recommended.

Traditionally, hormonal contraception is started at the beginning of a woman’s next menstrual period. This excludes the risk of pregnancy and the need to use an additional method of contraception for the first seven days. The Quick Start principle balances the need to start contraception immediately with the possibility that an early pregnancy may not be excluded.

Missed Oral Contraceptive Advice

Family Planning Victoria have created the following resource document and flowchart outlining advice in the event of a missed pill.

Intrauterine Device (IUD) insertion

Copper and hormonal IUDs are among the most effective methods of contraception and can stay in place for at least five years.

We conduct several training clinics in IUD insertion each week and we have developed a range of FPV resources to assist our practitioners in this clinic.

FPV doctors use these FPV resources:

FPV patients are provided with this information:

We also maintain a register of Victorian IUD providers who have successfully completed training with us. If you have successfully undertaken IUD training with us and would like to be listed on our register, please contact us at

Contraceptive Implant - Implanon NXT

Implanon - a small contraceptive rod - is the most effective reversible method of contraception available. It is more than 99.9% effective. The rod is inserted into the upper arm under local anaesthetic and, once in place, will be effective three years.

FPV patients are provided with this information:

An Update for GPs and practice nurses regarding changes to Implanon NXT procedures

The contraceptive implant (Implanon NXT) is one of the most effective contraceptives available. Along with the hormonal and copper IUDs, it is classified as Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) which are recommended as first-line options for all people choosing to use contraception. Family Planning Victoria wish to alert clinicians to important updated information about Implanon NXT procedures following an update of the product information in January 2020. These changes have been made to avoid the large blood vessels and nerves within and around the sulcus between biceps and triceps and reflect published research

Medication Termination of Pregnancy (MTOP/ medical abortion/ medication abortion)

Medication (non-surgical) abortion, also known as the abortion pill, offers an alternative to surgery for women in the early weeks of pregnancy.

FPV is a provider of medication termination of pregnancy services to women who have been pregnant for less than 63 days. Our medication termination of pregnancy service is also a training service.

Below are resources for clinicians who are establishing a medication abortion service in their own practice environments:

FPV doctors use these FPV resources:

FPV patients accessing medication abortion services are provided with this information:

Contraception after pregnancy

Resources to help clinicians decide what contraceptives they can safely recommend based on the medical conditions of patients in their care.

FPV doctors use these FPV resources:

Combined Hormonal Contraceptives Available in Australia

Efficacy of contraception methods

Guidance for management of troublesome vaginal bleeding with progestogen-only long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)

Menstrual cup information for health practitioners

Contraception for Users Over 40 Years: Information for Health Practitioners

RACGP Webinar: Crisis averted – Emergency contraception and IUDs

FPV’s Medial Educator Sara Whitburn is featured in this RACGP Crisis averted – Emergency contraception and IUDs (10 September 2019)webinar linked below to enable further remote learning for health professionals.

Sara holds a fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP), a diploma from Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) and a diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health care (DFSRH). She is interested in Reproductive and Sexual Health care across all ages but her clinical work focuses on contraception (especially long acting reversible contraception (LARCs)), midlife health and vulval medicine. She enjoys providing education to health professionals in these areas and is developing her interest in developing and providing eLearning.

This webinar covers a case-based discussion that follows a patient seeking emergency contraception, confirmation

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Telephone: 03 9257 0100 or freecall 1800 013 952

Fax: 03 9257 0111