NHMRC Partnership Project: The AusCAPPS Network

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The AusCAPPS (The Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support) Network will empower the primary care workforce to deliver best practice, evidence-based care to women of reproductive age who are trying to prevent or manage an unintended pregnancy. This project will increase the availability of long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (i.e. intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants) and access to safe, affordable medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP), including for women from the most vulnerable populations.

Replicating a highly successful Canadian model, we will establish, deliver and evaluate AusCAPPS - an innovative, multidisciplinary community of practice to support GPs, pharmacists and nurses working in primary care to deliver LARC and MTOP services. AusCAPPS will increase access to much needed practice support, resources, and education and training; provide regional peer-networking opportunities; drive innovation; and coordinate sustainable improvements in access to and equity of these services nationwide.


  • Professor Danielle Mazza, Monash University

  • A/Professor Wendy Norman, The University of British Columbia

  • Professor Kirsten Black, The University of Sydney

  • Professor Angela Taft, La Trobe University

  • Professor Deborah Bateson, Family Planning NSW

  • A/Professor Kevin McGeechan, The University of Sydney



  • Dr Philip Goldstone, Marie Stopes Australia

  • Professor Jane Tomnay, Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health



  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

  • Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association

  • Australian Women’s Health Nurse Association

  • Bayer Australia

  • Children by Choice

  • Department of Health, Australian Government

  • Family Planning New South Wales

  • Family Planning Tasmania

  • Family Planning Victoria

  • Family Planning Welfare Association of Northern Territory

  • Jean Hailes for Women's Health

  • Marie Stopes Australia

  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


  • Sexual Health Quarters


$4.9 million for collaborative health and medical research for all Australians

A community of practice to support the provision of sexual and reproductive health services to Australian women

Are you a GP, pharmacist or nurse working in primary care who is interested in becoming involved in this project? If the answer is YES, then please email ausCAPPS.trial@monash.edu for more information.