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Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia conference 2017


We're pleased to announce our next conference: Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia will take place in Brisbane on August 3 and 4, 2017.

This conference is being supported by principal sponsor, Marie Stopes International Australia, and will include a opening address by writer, broadcaster and social commentator Jane Caro. Key note speakers will include clinicians and professionals working in unplanned pregnancy counselling, and abortion and contraception provision.

The conference is an opportunity for health and community professionals working with women experiencing unplanned pregnancy, and those interested in or working in the fields of abortion provision from across Australia, to advance their skills and expertise in this area of reproductive health. The conference is also a unique opportunity for the sector to come together and share experiences and discuss national and local responses.

The conference will comprise of plenary sessions with experts and specialist break out workshops with over 45 speakers. It will incorporate a specific stream on the intersection of unplanned pregnancy, abortion and domestic violence, as well as a clinical stream for medical practitioners providing or assisting in contraceptive and abortion care. 

Who should attend

GPs and health practitioners, allied health and education professionals; youth and community workers; academics; health and social policy makers; tertiary health students. Please be aware that this conference, like all our professional development programs, is being run in accordance with our pro-choice framework and that we reserve the right to refuse registrations from people opposed to the right to choose.

Click here to register:

  • Early bird registration $320 (until Feb 28)
  • Full registration $380 (until May 31)
  • Late registration $420 (until July 31)

Profits made from our conference are used to support our Queensland Abortion Fund providing money to women facing extreme disadvantage, that they do not have to repay. Many of the women who need this help are victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. Many have little or no income, or access to family finances.

A small number of sponsored registrations are available to Queensland workers supporting marginalised women in rural or remote communities. To request a sponsored place please email Pamela Doherty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The conference program is available to download. Full abstracts and speaker bios will be available in July. Some plenary and breakout session topics and side events are listed here


The conference is taking place in Brisbane’s Central Business District to allow easy access via Brisbane's main transport hubs and close to a range of accommodation options. The conference venue details will be provided upon registration.


A variety of sponsorship packages are available; please contact us for more information if you would like to provide sponsorship. Confirmed sponsors are listed here.

Our opening address: Jane Caro 

Jane Caro is a novelist, author, columnist, broadcaster, and award winning advertising writer. She appears regularly on Weekend Sunrise, Channel 9 Mornings, and the ABC's Gruen, The Drum, and Q&A. She is a strong advocate for public education and her books include The F Word: How We Learned To Swear By Feminism and her memoir Plain-Speaking Jane. You can find her on twitter @JaneCaro or writing about education, feminism and politics for a range of media outlets, like this piece for the ABC on Why women need to keep shouting their abortions

Our confirmed guest speakers are listed here.  

More information

Contact our Education and Training Coordinator Pamela Doherty:  07 3357 9933 (ext 3) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last modified on: 20 June 2017
Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia conference 2017
20 June 2017