Counselling and support
Our all options pregnancy counselling and information is available statewide over the phone (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday), or in person by donation at our office in Windsor, Brisbane. You can bring your partner, husband, or the man involved in the pregnancy if you like, or other support people such as friends, parents or other relatives, or a support worker from another service.
Our tertiary qualified counsellors are fully confidential and will not 'advise' you on which option you should choose, or try to push one option on you over another. What they will do is give you evidence-based information on your options and provide you with the tools and support to make the decision that is best for you. You are the expert in your own life and the person best placed to make a decision about whether or not to continue with an unplanned pregnancy.
Women talk to us about:
- trying to decide what to do when they are not sure whether to continue a pregnancy or not;
- concerns they might have about abortion, adoption or parenting;
- health problems or issues with a pregnancy, like a fetal anomaly diagnosis, drug or alcohol use, or maternal health concerns;
- past issues in their life or their family which have surfaced when they face an unplanned pregnancy;
- sexual assault and violence;
- how they're feeling after an abortion.
We can also offer you referrals to other support or medical services, including referrals for abortion, and give you information about abortion procedures, adoption processes, or parenting resources.
We run a financial assistance program to help women experiencing disadvantage to access abortion. If you are in Queensland and having trouble coming up with the funds you need to pay for a termination or long acting contraception, please contact us. We cannot provide you with the entirety of the procedure or travel costs, but we may be able to offer you a small donation or a no interest loan, and help you source assistance from other places as well.
Our counselling team also provides counselling and support after an abortion, so if you or someone you know is not coping well with the decision to end a pregnancy, we can help.
As part of our work to empower individuals and communities, we offer comprehensive training and professional development opportunities in pregnancy options and reproductive health. This training is available for health and community professionals and can be tailored to your organisation or sector where possible.
Topics include best practice counselling strategies for supporting women with an unplanned pregnancy; legal aspects of pregnancy termination, including medical abortion and provision of services to minors; and evidence-based information on all pregnancy options, including referral pathways.
We can also deliver guest lectures to university or other tertiary students.
As well as our training programs, we offer sexuality and relationships education for young people through schools and youth services, and online - this includes our youth-specific site know4sure, with comprehensive information on sex, relationships, contraception and pregnancy in straightforward language.
Sexuality education involves learning about growth and development, relationships, staying safe and making healthy choices. Sexuality education aims to:
- provide a sound foundation for the development of healthy sexual identity;
- provide age-appropriate information;
- provide information in a way that encourages acceptance of self and others;
- encourage young people to choose to be sexually healthy; and
- enhance relationships.
We provide a range of options to address the needs of young people including:
- Individual one-off sessions;
- Combination session or sessions on specific topics, for example unplanned pregnancy and contraception;
- Tailor made session or sessions combining a number of topics; and
- Comprehensive program of sessions (recommended).
You can download our Client Service Charter (pdf) for more on what to expect from our service.