Victorian Rural Clinical Network for Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

This clinical network relates to the clinical care and pathways for people experiencing unintended pregnancy and abortion in rural Victoria. Areas of focus include case studies related to medical abortion, uptake of effective contraception post abortion, and service system development.

Participants include General Practitioners, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, practice managers, researchers, and specialist abortion providers.

An advisory committee determines the content and agendas for the network to ensure relevancy for rural clinicians and to respond to emerging issues and developments in clinical practice. Dr Paddy Moore, Head of the Abortion and Contraception Service, Royal Women’s Hospital is the clinical lead for the network.

The network meetings are held quarterly using video-conferencing software. Below are recordings of meeting presentations and discussion.

Read more about the clinical network here.

Abortion and Contraception Care during COVID-19

Meeting date: 24 March 2020 Video content: Abortion care for pregnant people who have tested positive for COVID-19, or in quarantine, or self-isolated & Professional development and support for direct service providers in the context of COVID-19

Reproductive Coercion - Pamela Doherty, Children by Choice

Meeting date: 18 March 2019. Video content: Pamela Doherty from Children by Choice presented on reproductive coercion.

Case Study Discussion

Meeting date: 17 June 2019 Video Content: Case Study Discussion: Recommended timeframe for follow up of BhCG and intermittent bleeding during follow up period

Clinical Considerations Discussion

Meeting date: 17 June 2019 Video Content: Clinical Considerations: The role of witnessing the first dose of mifepristone; Guidelines and protocols for administration of Anti D in Rh neg patients.

Q&A Discussion and Updates

Meeting date: 17 June 2019 Video content: Q&A Discussion and Updates

Clinical Network Meeting Discussion

Meeting date: 18 November 2019