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The ORIENT Study

ImprOving Rural and regIonal accEss to long acting reversible contraceptioN and medical abortion through nurse-led models of care, Tasksharing and telehealth.

Women in rural and regional areas have higher rates of unintended pregnancies and difficulty accessing the most effective forms of contraception (implants and intrauterine devices) and medical abortion. The ORIENT study will trial the effectiveness of nurse-led models of care at increasing access to these services.


Working closely with end users, rural primary care practitioners and our key partner stakeholders, we will co-design a nurse-led model of care that can be operationalised in the general practice setting. We will then support its implementation through online education, implant insertion and removal training, innovative online academic detailing and a virtual community of practice.

Key partners:

  • The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

  • The Australian Practice Nurse Association

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

  • The Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health

  • Gateway Community Health

  • West Gippsland Healthcare Group

  • Family Planning Organisations

  • Health Consumers Council WA

Lead Chief Investigator:


Professor Danielle Mazza, Monash University

Chief Investigators:


Professor Wendy Norman, University of British Columbia, Canada

Professor Kirsten Black, University of Sydney

Professor Jane Tomnay, University of Melbourne

Professor Deborah Bateson, Family Planning NSW

Associate Professor Kevin McGeechan, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Tracey-Lea Laba, University of Technology Sydney

Doctor Asvini Subasinghe, Monash University

Associate Investigators:


Alexandra Bonner, West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Amy Moten, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Hayley Harrison, Child and Adolescent Health Service: CAHS
Jenny Johnson, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Kirsten Thompson, Family Planning NT
Lauren Coelli, NSW Health, MLHD and SNSWLHD HARP
Lisa Collison, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
Shannon Hill, Women’s Health Grampians


Are you a GP or nurse working in the rural and regional primary care setting, who is interested in becoming involved in this study?  If the answer is YES, please email for more information.  

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