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Health data sets can provide significant insights into the state of women's sexual and reproductive health in Australia. Analysing this data can also help us understand what services women are using and identify gaps in health care provision.

SPHERE has experience and expertise in the analysis of health data sets and large population survey data that can help advance our knowledge of women's sexual and reproductive health in Australia.

The influence of geographic location on Australian women’s reproductive health

Women in rural and regional areas have poorer access to primary care and poorer sexual and reproductive outcomes of poorer quality. This study will analyse data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health to examine fertility behaviours and access to sexual and reproductive health services in primary care across a national population sample of urban versus rural young adult women. This will include an analysis of the influence of socio-demographic characteristics on abortion incidence rates.

Chronic disease and induced abortion among young Australian women: a population-based cohort perspective

Young Australian women with chronic disease are more likely to use low efficacy contraception or no contraception at all compared to the general population. This project will examine the prevalence and incidence of abortion among young women with a range of chronic diseases that are associated with poor maternal and foetal outcomes.

Trends and factors associated with prior abortion at time of childbirth among childbearing women in Victoria, Australia

Robust data on abortions are needed to tailor public health responses that include equitable access to contraception and abortion care. This study will examine the prevalence of a history of induced abortion among individuals giving birth in Victoria using perinatal data.

The prevalence and variations in unintended pregnancy by socio-demographic and health-related factors in a population-based cohort of young Australian women

Unintended pregnancy is a population-level indicator of reproductive health. The ability to decide whether, when, and under what circumstances to have a child is globally recognised as a fundamental human right, and levels of unintended pregnancy provide one measure (albeit a blunt one) of gaps remaining towards its realisation.


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Early medical abortion services provided in Australian primary care (2021).

Subasinghe AK, McGeechan K, Moulton JE, Grzeskowiak LE, Mazza D

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