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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 keynote address by writer, broadcaster and social commentator Jane Caro.  

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. 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; policy makers; students; supporters of choice.

Click here to register:

  • Early bird registration $320 (until Feb 28)
  • Full registration $380 (until May 30)
  • Late registration $420 (until July 31)

All profits made from our conference is 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.


A full program will be announced in early April. A call for abstracts is now open and any submissions must be received by 10 March 2017. Full details available here


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 keynote speaker: 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


Conference venue and accommodation

Our 2017 conference will take place at the Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane, which is located between Brisbane’s Central Business District and Fortitude Valley at 15 Ivory Lane, Brisbane, QLD 4000.

August accommodation specials at the Oakwood Hotel & Apartments include studio apartments from $159.00 and one bedroom apartments from $189.00. These costs include breakfast for two people.  Quote that you are attending the Children by Choice conference in the special requests section of the booking system to receive a complimentary river view upgrade. (Until sold out)

To make a booking visit www.oakwoodasia.com/brisbane

There are also a small number of two bedroom apartments available but they are not available on this special rate. Please call or email reservations to book two bedroom apartments.  Ph. 07 3218 5800 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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: 06 February 2017
Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia conference 2017
06 February 2017