• Area of focus

Building system and workforce capacity

We innovate strategies to ensure the Australian primary care workforce adequately addresses women's sexual and reproductive health needs, including trialling alternative service delivery methods to enhance accessibility, particularly in rural and regional areas.

Below are projects that may be of interest to primary care providers who are committed to improving the quality and delivery of sexual and reproductive health services to women in Australia.

The AusCAPPS Network

The Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support Network (AusCAPPS) improves equitable access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and early medical abortion (EMA) services in primary care. To support the expansion of best-practice service delivery across Australia, the AusCAPPS Network connects EMA and LARC providers through peer-networking opportunities and access to resources and training.

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This co-designed project aims to support the use of effective contraception among women at high risk of unintended pregnancy by introducing private consultations, contraceptive counselling and referral services in a community pharmacy setting.

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The ORIENT Study

Australian women living in rural and regional areas experience many barriers to accessing long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and early medical abortion (EMA) services. The ORIENT Study is investigating how the quality, availability and accessibility of LARC (including intrauterine devices and implants) and EMA might be improved using a nurse-led model of care in general practice.

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Is it feasible to use general practice patient records to identify high-risk women for preconception care?

Preconception care is about enhancing the health of women and pregnancy outcomes by managing risk factors that can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes. To deliver effective preconception care in general practice, it is important that general practitioners can easily identify women who are at high-risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. This project aims to determine the feasibility of identifying reproductive-aged women at high risk of poor pregnancy outcomes through the review of electronic medical records.

Developing a practice nurse-led model of care to deliver preconception interventions

This project builds on our early qualitative work investigating the barriers and enablers to the delivery and uptake of preconception care in general practice to develop, pilot, and evaluate an innovative model of care in general practice to deliver practice nurse-led preconception care.


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