Australian women continue to experience high rates of unplanned pregnancy even with the availability of effective contraceptive methods.
One factor that is contributing to this is the low uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among Australian women. Research has demonstrated that LARCs can reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancy and associated poor outcomes for the mother, her child and wider community.
SPHERE is embracing an opportunity to improve delivery of and uptake of LARCs in the primary care setting. We are investigating the current trends and preferences in contraceptive use amongst Australian women and current barriers to LARC uptake, which will guide our work into testing appropriate, cost-effective solutions for improving women's knowledge about contraceptive options as well as reducing rates of unplanned pregnancy.