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Researchers from SPHERE, CRE in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care want to hear from general practice nurses and nurse practitioners about contraception and abortion care.

Women can experience significant barriers to accessing effective methods of contraception and medical abortion services. These barriers have increased during COVID-19, with fewer women accessing preventive sexual healthcare1 and disrupted structures for time sensitive abortion services.2

In Australia, one-third of women experience an unintended pregnancy, with rates in rural areas increasing to almost half of women in these regions.3 While, one in five Australian women currently have an abortion in their lifetime,4 long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as implants and intra-uterine devices are the most effective contraceptive method of preventing unintended pregnancies.5

General practice nurses are well placed to enhance access to LARC and early medical abortion (EMA) services, however, little is known about their current capacity and capability in enhancing LARC and EMA service delivery. To further this understanding, the SPHERE Centre of Research Excellence, led by Professor Danielle Mazza is surveying general practice nurses about their knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding LARC and EMA. The findings from this work will be used to inform the SPHERE program of work on enhancing general practice nurse roles in LARC and EMA provision.

Participation in this research is voluntary and involves completing an online survey that will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Participants who complete the survey will be reimbursed with a $40 e-gift card.

To complete this survey, please visit:

The online survey is open until 30 December 2021.

For further information contact:

This research project has been approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee #28002


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