Pregnancy Options Discussion
Most people experiencing unplanned pregnancy and abortion do not need specialised psychological support, and the majority of practitioners can hold “a pregnancy options discussion” with them. A person-centred conversation that offers unbiased information and a space where they are being listened to is often what is required to enable them to make decisions. Health practitioners are encouraged to discuss with their patients first; if ambiguity is present, a list of counselling options is available.
Some community health services, women’s health services, and other primary care services have specialised sexual health nurses who offer pregnancy options counselling. Some GPs refer their patients with a mental health plan to a psychologist who may be specialised in unplanned pregnancy and abortion issues. A limited number of private psychologist exist who are specialised in this domain.
If an interpreter or translator is required for the discussion, go to the section on Interpreter and Translation Services for links to providers or call the Australian Government Translation and Interpreting Service on 131 450.