Barriers to achieving priorities under the National Women’s Health Strategy for ‘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’, with particular reference to:
a. cost and accessibility of contraceptives, including:
i. PBS coverage and TGA approval processes for contraceptives,
ii. awareness and availability of long-acting reversible contraceptive and male contraceptive options, and
iii. options to improve access to contraceptives, including over the counter access, longer prescriptions, and pharmacist interventions;
b. cost and accessibility of reproductive healthcare, including pregnancy care and termination services across Australia, particularly in regional and remote areas;
c. workforce development options for increasing access to reproductive healthcare services, including GP training, credentialing and models of care led by nurses and allied health professionals;
d. best practice approaches to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including trauma-informed and culturally appropriate service delivery;
e. sexual and reproductive health literacy;
f. experiences of people with a disability accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare;
g. experiences of transgender people, non-binary people, and people with variations of sex characteristics accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare;
h. availability of reproductive health leave for employees; and
i. any other related matter.
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