Our second national Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia conference was held in Brisbane on 3 and 4 August 2017. The conference included presentations by over 40 speakers from legal, clinical, academic, and community sectors around the country and was attended by over 200 delegates. We were overwhelmed by the interest in our conference this year and thank all of those involved in making it a success.
The conference was 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 was also a unique opportunity for the sector to come together and share experiences and discuss national and local responses.
Profits made from our conferences are used to support our Queensland Abortion Fund, providing money to women facing extreme disadvantage for abortion and contraceptive access. 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.
Speaker presentations and conference report
The powerpoints from most speakers can be found below.
Presentations: Thursday 3 August, 2017
Morning plenary session: Abortion law reform
Dr Suzanne Belton: WhatRU4NT? campaign, Northern Territory.
Professor Heather Douglas: TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.
Julie Hamblin: HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, New South Wales.
Workshops [no powerpoints used]
Abortion in the context of migration - Branka Bogdan
LGBTIQ affirming practice in reproductive autonomy and sexuality education - Nikki Whitmore
Abortion law reform stream
Abortion law reform on the frontier - Dr Barbara Baird and Dr Suzanne Belton
Improving access to abortion in South Australia - Dr Barbara Baird and Brigid Coombe
So you want to be an abortion rights activist? - Anna McCormack [no powerpoint used]
Unplanned pregnancy and contraception stream
Contraception biographies and reproductive justice: the value of life course research in understanding limited uptake of long acting reversible contraception - Dr Jessica Gunson [currently unavailable]
Understanding of long acting reversible contraception amongst women presenting for abortion - Dr Gaithri Mylvaganam [currently unavailable]
Tips and tricks on providing contraception post abortion - Dr Colinette Margerison
Current and future emergency contraception choices in Australia - Dr Helen Calabretto [unavailable]
The intersection between unplanned pregnancy, abortion and domestic violence stream
Terminating the violence - Samantha Campbell
Abortion training and maintaining a workforce stream
A lost curriculum? Abortion care in general practice training - Dr Simon Wilson
Ensuring a workforce for equitable provision of abortion - Brigid Coombe
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist's Sexual and Reproductive Health Advanced Training Module - Dr Paddy Moore [currently unavailable]
Afternoon plenary session: International perspectives on reproductive health
Senator Claire Moore: Shadow Minister for International Development & the Pacific [no powerpoint used]
Johanna Wicks: International Planned Parenthood Federation, Australia
Chris Turner: Marie Stopes International Australia
Dr Caroline de Costa: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University [currently unavailable]
Presentations: Friday 4 August, 2017
Morning plenary session: Advancements in medical abortion provision
Dr Paul Hyland: Tabbot Foundation
Dr Phillip Goldstone: Marie Stopes International Australia
Elizabeth Powers & Dr Heather McNamee: Cairns Sexual Health Clinic
Facilitating and improving access to abortion stream
Hidden women: The impact of poverty on abortion access - Selina Utting, Susan Stark and Nicola Sheeran
Improving safety in abortion care with in situ simulation of emergencies - Dr Simon Wilson
Migration, health literacy and health access - Branka Bogdan
Evolving models of medical abortion stream
Telemedicine prevents patient abuse - or does it? - Dr Lynette Shumack [currently unavailable]
Different ways of providing medical terminations in the community - Dr Colinette Margerison
Counselling and reflection stream
Women's stories of abortion - Michelle Reynolds [currently unavailable]
Use of self: tools for self-awareness in pregnancy options care - Susan Stark and Siân Tooker
Review of worker vicarious trauma after introduction of reflective group supervision at Pregnancy Advisory Service - Louise Logan [currently unavailable]
Supporting all choices stream
Accessing abortion post 20 weeks - Dr Carol Portmann
Counselling and supporting women seeking abortion at 18 to 24 weeks gestation - Trish Hayes, Suzanne Hurley and Chanel Keane [no powerpoint used]
Evaluation/review of the Pregnancy Advisory Service care planning/case management model - Deb Newton [powerpoint unavailable]
Counting on one hand: Reflections on gender selection in prgnancy options counselling - Liz Price [no powerpoint used]
Overcoming challenges in providing abortion stream
Implementing termination services in a conservative Queensland town - Dr Colinette Margerison [currently unavailable]
Barriers to access in remote rural Queensland - Kym Boyes [no powerpoint used]
Safe access zones - Dr Ronli Sifris, Emily Howie and Amy Webster