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Inquiry into universal access to reproductive healthcare | SPHERE

Response to the Inquiry by the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs

The SPHERE Coalition made this submission in response to the recent call by Government into how to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health for women. This forms part of the priority areas of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2033. AFMW is an active member of the SPHERE Coalition and shares this with its members.

Response to the Inquiry by the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs [Extract]

6 December 2022

Key Recommendations

Summary of key recommendations for achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health information, treatment and services that offer options to women to empower
choice and control in decision-making about their bodies.

Imperative actions:

1. Remove barriers to contraceptive access by providing free contraception and incentivising primary care health practitioner training in contraceptive service provision.

2. Ensure availability of essential sexual and reproductive health services (particularly for rural and regional Australian women) through regional level planning, training and accountability for contraception and abortion access via publicly funded community and hospital-based services.

3. Expand the health workforce by enabling nurses, midwives and pharmacists to work to their full scope of practice in contraception and abortion care, with appropriate remuneration and training opportunities.

4. Develop coordinated public health campaigns and related education materials to improve health literacy around rights and options for accessing effective contraception and abortion care.

5. Formally track progress on delivery of the outcomes of the National Women’s Health Strategy by developing a transparent, comprehensive, nationally agreed implementation plan and key performance indicators, and report against these on an annual basis.


Professor Danielle Mazza
MD, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, Grad Dip Women’s Health, GAICD, CF
Chief Investigator and Director, SPHERE
Chair, SPHERE Coalition


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