I would like to offer support to to assist women (and their partners/family) who have concerns about a pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or termination that is current or that occurred in the last 12 months.
There is no cost to you for 3 sessions with a letter of referral from your GP to me for Medicare Item No 81005 (please let me know your Medicare number when you contact me).
This service provides professional, safe, confidential and unbiased support and information about pregnancy, options and services. Print this for your GP.
Deciding what to do when you have an unplanned pregnancy will probably raise many issues for you. Unplanned pregnancies are common in Australia and it is estimated that there are about 200,000 unplanned pregnancies each year.
You have the right to decide if you:
continue the pregnancy
become a parent
choose adoption, or
have an abortion.
Are You Pregnant?
Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy if taken in the first 72 hours after unprotected sex. If you think you're pregnant the first thing to do is to get a pregnancy test.
Finding out you are pregnant can bring up many different emotions, especially if it was not planned. Every woman will feel different. Some women feel confused and scared, whereas others may feel happy and excited. All these feelings are normal and okay. Your feelings will probably also change while you are thinking about your options.
Abortion in Australia
Abortion is allowed in all States and Territories of Australia under certain circumstances and when done by a registered doctor. Each State and Territory has different laws.
The Law in NSW
In NSW, an abortion is lawful if the woman's doctor believes on reasonable grounds that it is necessary to avoid a serious danger to her life or her physical or mental health, taking into account economic and social factors as well as medical ones, and the risks of the abortion are not out of proportion to the danger to be averted (Skene, 2004).
Mental health" has since been interpreted to include "the effects of economic or social stress that may pertain either during pregnancy or after birth" (CES v Superclinics Australia Pty Ltd  38 NSWLR 47).
Women in NSW are not entitled to abortion on demand.
Abortion is legal in ACT and must be provided by medical doctor.
A young woman under 16 years of age may give valid consent to an abortion without her parent or guardian's knowledge. That is, if the doctor judges the young woman to be mature enough to understand the implications of making the decision.
Women with an intellectual disability A woman with an intellectual disability has the same rights as any young women if she is able to give informed consent.
There are two types of abortion available in Australia: medical and surgical.
A medical abortion is performed up to nine weeks from the first day of a woman's last period.
A surgical abortion is usually carried out between 7-12 weeks from the first day of a woman's last period. In NSW, services for abortion are available up to 18-20 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortions must be carried out by a registered doctor and are available through clinics and public or private hospitals. Women in NSW do not need a referral from a doctor to a clinic, which means a woman can call direct to the clinic for an appointment.
If you are pregnant there are four options for you to consider:
• Continue the pregnancy with a partner
• Continue the pregnancy on your own
• Continue the pregnancy followed by adoption or fostering
• Terminate the pregnancy (abortion)
Time to Think
Different issues will influence every woman and affect the amount of time needed to make their decision. The following questions may help you work out what is the best decision at this time in your life: Your relationships
• Do you have support from family or a partner?
• Can you work things out through the tough times? Your responsibilities
• What does being a parent mean to you?
• Who can you call on to offer you support emotionally and financially? Future plans
• How will this decision affect your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in one, two and five year's time?
• If you are considering having an abortion, it is best to have this as early as possible but it is important to take the time to make the best decision for you Your rights
It's your right to have:
• Confidential care
• Safe, non-judgemental care
• Respect, whatever choice you make
Continuing Your Pregnancy
If you decide to continue the pregnancy you should see your GP for antenatal care and advice as soon as possible.
Support for your male partner
This may be a difficult time for you and your partner. If you are feeling upset or confused it is important to make sure that you are receiving good support and advice.