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Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference 2024

Welcome to the Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference, where experts and advocates come together to discuss and defend the crucial rights of individuals to make informed choices about their reproductive health and access safe abortion services. Join us in exploring the complexities and advancements in this vital field.

Early Bird Registrations Open until Sunday 21st April!

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Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference 2024

Over two days (August 8 & 9), the 2024 conference will explore the theme Action for Access.

The conference will offer delegates plenary and breakout sessions organised around the streams of Access, Clinical, Innovation, Justice and Storytelling.

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Be part of the conversation! Abstracts Portal & Submissions Now Open

Submit an abstract to present at our upcoming conference. As professionals, clinicians, advocates, and researchers, our shared goal is to actively contribute to a world where access without barriers to healthcare becomes a reality. In the face of a disrupted environment, the Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference serves as a pivotal platform for collaborative action and knowledge sharing to propel sexual and reproductive rights forward.

If you have any questions regarding our Reproductive Rights & Abortion Conference 2024, please contact us at [email protected]

Our 2024 Keynote Speakers

Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg was born in Melbourne but moved to Hong Kong soon after, spending her formative years there with her family. She came back to Melbourne, finished high school and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism). After working in the tech trade press, she headed to London where she worked within the financial trade press, as well as at Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires. She returned to Australia in 2006 to work at Australian Associated Press as lead mining writer before becoming founding news editor at Business Spectator, where was later interviews editor and China commentator. She then moved to the Herald Sun, becoming the country’s first social media editor, before being elevated to become national social media editor for News Corp in Australia. She then shifted into the not-for-profit space as social media lead for Australian Red Cross, before working in a variety communications and media relations roles. Most recently she was acting editor of Pro Bono News, in addition to her freelancing work and writing her first book, Hard to Bear: Investigating the science and silence of miscarriage. She has written for Meanjin, The Guardian, ArtsHub, Beat Magazine, The Age & SMH and more. She was a founding committee member of Women In Media Victoria, a board member at the Melbourne Press Club and Quills judge for five years and has lectured extensively in journalism. She is the former editor of Pro Bono News and is now the Deputy CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative.  

Dr Carol Portmann

Dr Carol Portmann is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynaecologist specialising in Maternal Fetal Medicine and has a Masters of applied science in prenatal genetics and Fetal medicine from University College of London.

Carol worked at RBWH from 2000 first as a training fellow in maternal Fetal medicine then as a specialist. She was involved in creating the maternal Fetal medicine department at RBWH, and was heavily involved in Fetal diagnosis and management, care of high risk pregnancy, and the provision of termination of pregnancy for maternal and Fetal issues at RBWH until 2012. For 20 years, Dr Portmann advocated for women to be able to receive timely pregnancy option counselling and care and was involved in the move to change the law regarding termination of pregnancy in Queensland. Carol worked with Marie Stopes Australia providing medical and surgical termination of pregnancy and contraception for 10 years until 2023. She now works primarily in private obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, and is a committee member and examiner for RANZCOG Maternal Fetal Medicine.

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