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Reproductive rights and abortion conference

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We are excited to announce that the 2022 Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference will be opened by Dr Melissa Kang.

Over two days (August 4 & 5) the 2022 conference will explore the theme: Towards Universal Access, and offer delegates breakout sessions organised around the streams of Access, Innovation, Justice, Clinical and Storytelling. 

As professionals, clinicians, advocates and consumers we all want to live in a world where access to healthcare is universal. In the context of a disrupted environment, the Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference is your gateway to collaboration and knowledge sharing to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.


Check out our amazing keynote speakers for our Conference! Including Dr Melissa Kang, Jess Hill and Cherisse Buzzacott!

Check out our amazing keynote speakers for our Conference! Including Dr Melissa Kang, Jess Hill and Cherisse Buzzacott!

Dr Melissa Kang

Melissa Kang (MBBS MCH PhD) is a medical practitioner and academic specialising in adolescent health. She provides preventive and primary healthcare in a Youth Health service for at-risk young people. Melissa is Associate Professor in General Practice at The University of Sydney and Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health at The University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on access to health care and adolescent sexual health. She was the medical consultant for 23 years behind the ‘Dolly Doctor’ column in the Australian teenage girls’ magazine Dolly. She recently published two books for adolescents (co-authored with media personality Yumi Stynes): Welcome to Your Period and Welcome to Consent.

Jess Hill

Jess Hill is a Walkley award-winning journalist who specialises in reporting on coercive control and gendered violence. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various current affairs programs across the ABC. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and has been adapted into a television series for SBS. Recently, Jess has also produced an audio documentary series on coercive control called ‘The Trap’, and a Quarterly Essay on #MeToo in Australia, ‘The Reckoning’.

Cherisse Buzzacott

Cherisse Buzzacott is an Arrernte woman with Anmatyere/Kayteje/Arabunna connections raised in Alice Springs, NT, a mother and a midwife she works directly with Aboriginal women from Central Australia and remote communities through the local hospital. Cherisse is passionate about supporting her own community as she has seen the impact of second-rate care for those women removed from community to birth alone and unsupported, as well as the removal of choice and autonomy on women’s own pregnancy experiences. Like many other women she herself has also experienced racism within the health care system on many occasions.

Cherisse’s personal experience with the maternity system was traumatic as she endured a very raw and traumatic birth of her daughter Senna. At that time, Cherisse did not feel supported in the interim of her hospital care, enduring discrimination and sub-standard care, made worse by the fact that she was away from her family and traditional homeland. She shared her story nationally through an article in the Guardian and the documentary “Birth Time”. Cherisse has also written Senna’s birth story in publications and book chapters alongside other Aboriginal women’s experience accessing maternity care and, in her case, discussing why Aboriginal women avoid mainstream services in pregnancy, and the intergenerational trauma and racism that is very real in these settings.

Previously Cherisse was involved in the Australian College of Midwives leading the Birthing on Country (BoC) Project, a national project aimed at implementing Aboriginal models of maternity care. The aim to implement culturally appropriate and Aboriginal-led maternity care services in collaboration with Aboriginal women, ensuring the provision of culturally safe care to women and families.

Currently, Cherisse is the Chair of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Trust – Indigenous Midwives for Tomorrow, providing scholarships to student midwives and qualified midwives, furthering their professional development opportunities’. It is important to increase the Indigenous workforce to provide enhanced support of women by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives. As a midwife in Alice Springs, Cherisse’s role is to provide advocacy and care to local Aboriginal women and advocate on the rights of Aboriginal women to have autonomy and choice over their maternity care.

Cherisse is a mum to Angus, Dylan, Douglas, and Senna (living in memory), and lives alongside her extended family 30kms west of Alice Springs on her Traditional country known as Iwupataka.

Valued Sponsors of Children by Choice's 2022 Conference

If you are interested in sponsoring this event please see our sponsorship prospectus

WorkUP Queensland is the sexual violence, women’s health and wellbeing and domestic and family violence sector’s partner in supporting a strong and skilled workforce. We bring together The Healing Foundation’s strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and healing, backed by the expertise of ANROWS in facilitating evidence-based policy and practice. Informed and driven by frontline providers, our objective is to address workforce-related challenges and opportunities to grow the workforce and better support current and future workers.


Coordinators of women’s health services from across Queensland gathered in Gladstone in June 2009 to network, share ideas and form the Women’s Health Services Alliance (WHSA). Alliance members include the Statewide and regional services funded fully or predominantly by the Queensland Government to provide women’s health services in Queensland through the Public Health Outcomes Funding Agreement (PHOFA) with the Federal Government. They provide essential services of community support, health promotion, early intervention and prevention, and are utilised by marginalised communities and vulnerable women and families who may not access other health services.

This agreement enables members to collaborate on various projects, develop cooperative responses to key issues in State and Federal policy, and provide a statewide capacity to take full advantage of strengths in regional delivery, on issues affecting women’s health in Queensland. In 2019-2020 membership expanded to include newly-funded Women’s Health and Well-being Services.

ASHM is Australasia’s peak professional body representing people working in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health. As an independent and trusted Public Health Organisation ASHM delivers training, runs conferences, develops guidelines and advocates passionately for the needs of its members and communities

True is the state’s leading provider of reproductive and sexual health services, specialising in contraception and gynaecological care. We are proud to provide clients with broad range of expert reproductive and sexual health services, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). To find out more about True Clinics’ achievements this year, visit our True Insights page.

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Greenslopes Day Surgery’s mission is to provide efficient, professional services by leading surgeons while doing so in a compassionate manner. We believe the mental and emotional aspects of undergoing a procedure can be as challenging and important as the physical aspects, and thus treat patients in a sensitive, caring way to encourage a positive experience.

We are the longest established women’s health clinic in Queensland

RizeUp Australia are proud to work in partnership with leading organisations across the state who promote women’s health and ongoing wellbeing as their priority.

We believe that it is the right of every woman and child to feel safe in their own home.  We also believe that as a community we have a responsibility to show care and compassion to its most vulnerable members.

This is why RizeUp is dedicated to providing practical support to women and children affected by domestic and family violence through their many programs.