Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia conference



Our third Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Conference is being held in Brisbane on 1 and 2 August 2019.

The program covers a wide range of topics with speakers from across the sector sharing their knowledge. We have done our best to create a program that caters for the diverse mix of attendees and have also allowed plenty of time in the program for discussions.  The program is available to download here.

Our conference is an opportunity for health and community professionals working in and those interested in the fields of unplanned pregnancy, reproductive health and abortion provision to advance their skills and expertise.  The conference will comprise of plenary sessions with experts and concurrent sessions, including a clinical stream for health practitioners providing or assisting in abortion care. The conference is also a unique opportunity for the sector to come together and share experiences and discuss national and local responses.

This conference is being supported by our principal sponsor, Marie Stopes Australia.

Who should attend 

GPs and health practitioners, allied health and education professionals; social workers, academics, youth and community workers; policy makers; students; supporters of choice.


Late registrations of $620 are available until July 26th  2019. Please note that places are limited and our last conference was sold out. To secure your place please click here.

If you need inspiration to register check out the comments below from attendees at our 2017 conference; 

  • The breadth of topics and the knowledge and passion of speakers and attendees was really impressive and the vibe was very special. I feel very inspired by it! Thank you :)
  • Didn't expect to laugh so much!! Fantastic conference, very well organised and very enjoyable and informative
  • A huge thank you for coordinating such an amazing and intelligent group of people to share knowledge and learn from each other. Thank you!
  • The highlight for me was seeing the amazing advocacy work that has taken place in this space all around the country for a long time. The conference really reinforced that we've come a long way, but have a long way to go. I really enjoyed how 'bold' people were - we didn't just scratch the surface, we dove right in
  • It was reinvigorating as have been in the field for over 10 years and great to be more aware of work being done interstate and internationally.
  • The conference was excellent, thoroughly educational, inspiring, humbling and motivating.
  • I really enjoyed the enthusiasm, collaborative style and the expertise offered. Everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly and for someone new to this field it was greatly appreciated.
  • The most valuable thing for me was the opportunity to meet a lot of inspiring people working in the area of abortion, and to feel more connected with others, rather than working in isolation in my practice
  • The opportunity to get together in the one place with so many pro-choice people is rare and extremely valuable

Our Confirmed Speakers 

Jan Fran

We are thrilled to announce that the incredible Jan Fran will be our keynote address to open our conference on August 1st 2019. Jan Fran is a journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter best known for hosting The Feed on SBS VICELAND. She’s the creator of opinion segment The Frant, guest-presenter of The Project and host of podcasts Sexism and the City and The Few Who Do. Jan appears regularly as a commentator on Sky News and the ABC. She’s appeared on Q&A, ABC Breakfast, The Drum, Lateline and Triple J’s Hack.
Jan recently won the 2018 Our Watch Award for Best Use of Social Media for The Feed and The Frant. She was a finalist for Best Television Personality in Cosmo’s Woman of the Year Award and a finalist for the 2018 Walkley for Women’s Leadership in Media. Jan is an ambassador for Plan International where she advocates for women and girls. Jan is a strong public supporter of reproductive choice and last year created this amazing clip to support abortion decriminalisation in Queensland. (Language warning) More information about Jan and her work can be found here.

Gina Rushton

The wonderful Gina Rushton will be our key note closing speaker. Gina Rushton is a reporter at BuzzFeed News where she covers issues that affect Australian women. Over the past three years she has comprehensively covered reproductive rights and healthcare, publishing more than 200 features about abortion and contraception. Gina won the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Media Excellence Award in 2018 and was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission's media award in 2018 for her coverage of abortion access issues. She is an inaugural Our Watch fellow. Gina has previously worked as a journalist for The Australian newspaper and has been published in The Saturday PaperThe Lifted Brow and Meanjin. Allen and Unwin and Brow Books have published her essays in anthologies. 

Associate Professor Bruce Shadbolt, of the Australian National University Research School of Finance Actuarial Studies and Statistics will provide a keynote address. Associate Professor Shadbolt is a leading data scientist and epidemiologist/biostatistician in scientific methodology and the translation of clinical research into practice.  He was one of the pioneers in establishing health outcomes research in Australia, co-convening the Australian Health Outcomes Conference series over 14 years from 1997-2010. This series significantly impacted the direction of clinical research in Australia and internationally, as well as, started a dialogue around the translation of this type of research into practice. Bruce will share some of the preliminary findings from his research in partnership with Marie Stopes Australia into what women want in abortion care. More information about this research can be found here.

Dr Philip Goldstone  has 20 years’ experience as a clinician and educator in sexual and reproductive health. He is the Medical Director of Marie Stopes Australia and a clinical lecturer at University of Sydney. Dr Goldstone’s career has been largely devoted to provision of contraception and pregnancy termination services and he has played a key role in improving access to medical abortion in Australia.

Professor Danielle Mazza holds the Chair of General Practice at Monash University and is an Australian leader in primary care research and knowledge translation in general practice. In 2018, she received a NHMRC grant for SPHERE, a Centre of Research Excellence in women`s sexual and reproductive health in primary care.More infromation about Professor Mazza's work can be found here.

Please note Dr. Willie Parker is no longer on the conference program.

Pre Conference Seminar: Medical termination of pregnancy in general parctice  

We are excited to partner with Iris Education and Marie Stopes Australia to host this event the evening before the conference. This seminar is for those providing medical termination of pregnancy or interested in providing this service and will be unique opportunity to increase knowledge and network with colleagues. For more information and to register for this event please click here.

Continuing Professional Development points

Courtesy of Iris education 

 RACGP: 25 Category 2 points approved

ACRRM: 13 core CPD points approved

Sponsorship opportunities

A variety of sponsorship packages have been designed to suit all objectives and budgets. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please 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.

Conference venue and accommodation 

The conference is being held in a Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) venue. There are a range of accommodation options in the Brisbane CBD to suit all budgets or alternatively the venue  is easily accessible via public transport for those preferring to stay outside of the Brisbane CBD.

Unfortunately, Children by Choice does not have the capacity to provide any accommodation or recreational activity recommendations or advice. 


We do not have any capacity to provide scholarships for attending the conference but we do offer a reduced student registration fee. 

More information

If you have any queries about our conference please contact our Education and Training Coordinator at tel: 07 3357 9933 (ext 3) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Last modified on: 22 July 2019
Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in Australia conference
22 July 2019