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The RACV City Club, Melbourne

23 September 2019

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The SPHERE NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care was officially launched by Senator the Honourable Jane Hume, Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, together with Professor Danielle Mazza, SPHERE Director and Head of the Department of General Practice, Monash University.  They were also joined by Professor Susan Elliott AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) at Monash University.

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L-R Professor Danielle Mazza, Senator the Honourable Jane Hume and Professor Sharon Cameron

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Professor Susan Elliott AM

The keynote speaker for this event was SPHERE Associate Investigator Professor Sharon Cameron who is a Consultant Gynaecologist, Lead for Sexual Health Services NHS Lothian, Co-director Clinical Effectiveness Unit of Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive healthcare UK and Professor at The University of Edinburgh.  She spoke about her groundbreaking research and different models of care that her team has developed to make contraception and abortion services more accessible for women.

We were also privileged to have members of the SPHERE Stakeholder Advisory Group in attendance at the launch as part of a panel discussion.  Dr Michael Gannon, Professor Heather Douglas and Dr Deborah Bateson joined Professor Danielle Mazza and Professor Sharon Cameron as they discussed the current issues women face and the barriers to delivering and accessing high quality sexual and reproductive health services in primary care settings.  The MC for the event, Libbi Gorr, facilitated a robust and thought-provoking discussion of these issues, which resonated with many members of the audience.

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