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The ACCORd PROJECT

Unintended pregnancies are a significant public health problem in Australia and elsewhere. There is widespread evidence that the increased use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), such as intrauterine devices and hormonal implants, has the potential to reduce unintended pregnancy; and clinical practice guidelines and statements by peak bodies in Australia and internationally advocate the increase use of LARCs. However, the use of LARCS in Australia is very low.

The ACCORd Project (The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject) aims to increase the uptake of LARCs amongst Australian women by trialling a complex intervention in Australian general practices that involves:

  • Training general practitioners to provide ‘LARC First’ structured contraceptive counselling, and

  • Implementing rapid referral pathways to LARC insertion

The ACCORd Project is an Australian adaptation of the successful US Contraceptive CHOICE Study and is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

INVESTIGATORS

  • Professor Danielle Mazza (Lead), Monash University

  • Associate Professor Kirsten Black, The University of Sydney

  • Professor Angela Taft, La Trobe University

  • Professor Jayne Lucke, La Trobe University

  • Dr Kevin McGeechan, The University of Sydney

  • Professor Marion Haas, University of Technology Sydney

  • Professor Jeffrey Peipert, Indiana University

  • Dr Kathleen McNamee, Family Planning Victoria

PUBLICATIONS

Increasing the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception in general practice: the Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd) cluster randomised controlled trial protocol

Danielle Mazza, Kirsten Black, Angela Taft, Jayne Lucke, Kevin McGeechan, Marion Haas, Heather McKay, Jeffrey Peipert

The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd): A cluster randomised controlled trial aimed at increasing LARC uptake

Danielle Mazza, Cathy Watson, Kirsten Black, Angela Taft, Jayne Lucke, Kevin McGeechan, Marion Haas, Kathleen McNamee, Jeffrey Peipert

North American Forum on Family Planning, 20-22 October 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd): Results of a cluster randomised controlled trial aimed at increasing long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) uptake

Danielle Mazza, Cathy Watson, Kirsten Black, Angela Taft, Jayne Lucke, Kevin McGeechan, Marion Haas, Kathleen McNamee, Jeffrey Peipert

North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, 9-13 November 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Distinguished paper)

PRESENTATIONS