WHO WE ARE
SPHERE, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care, is an exciting new collaborative network of experts and researchers that aims to transform the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care services to women in Australian primary care. It is a five-year program funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Led by a multidisciplinary team of national and international researchers, policymakers, women's health organisations, healthcare professionals, and consumers, our aim is to create innovative and evidence-based solutions in primary care that will improve the quality, safety, and capacity of these services to achieve better outcomes for women's sexual and reproductive health.
WHAT WE DO
Australian women continue to have poor sexual and reproductive health, which impacts them, their families and the broader community. Current service gaps we have identified include:
• Increasing understanding, awareness and uptake of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)
• Increasing access and service provision of medical termination of pregnancy
• Improving the delivery of preconception care to optimise pregnancy outcomes
SPHERE has developed a research program that is focused on three important areas of women's sexual and reproductive health: abortion, contraception, and preconception care. We will develop and test innovative, cost-effective, and feasible strategies to improve the delivery of these services in primary care and explore women's preferences to increase access and uptake.
SPHERE aims to create a paradigm shift in the way general practitioners and other primary care providers deliver abortion, contraception and preconception care by transforming their previously siloed style of practice into one that recognises the interconnectedness of contraception, abortion and pregnancy planning for individual women and the need to use an integrated life course approach to help women achieve their own reproductive goals.