Victorian Rural Clinical Network For Unintended Pregnancy And Abortion


A number of practitioners involved in the provision of abortion services in rural Victoria expressed interest in collaborating to provide leadership, peer learning, and clinical service development for unintended pregnancy and abortion in the rural context.

In early 2017, CERSH determined the establishment of a clinical network would contribute to this expressed interest, and assist in building the capacity of the rural sector to proactively develop and deliver a responsive and inclusive service system for women experiencing unintended pregnancy and abortion. The clinical network was established in partnership with the Royal Women’s Hospital and seeks guidance from a Clinical Advisory Committee.

Scope of the Clinical Network

The network relates to the clinical care and pathways for women experiencing unintended pregnancy and abortion in rural Victoria. The areas of focus include medical termination of pregnancy (MToP), health pathways related to the MToP process, uptake of effective contraception post abortion, and service system development.

Practitioners – both public and private – are encouraged to join and current participants include: General Practitioners, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, radiologists, practice managers, researchers, specialist abortion providers, Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

The clinical network meetings are held via videoconferencing software, enabling participants to attend either at sites in Bendigo and Wodonga or by personal videoconferencing.

Objectives of the Clinical Network
  • To provide clinical advice and peer support to ensure quality of care and patient satisfaction in rural locations
  • To promote multidisciplinary collaboration between providers of services to identify local strategies to plan and deliver effective and consistent services and clinical care pathways
  • To foster collective leadership and harness the knowledge and experience of rural clinicians for advocacy and policy development purposes
  • To share and document knowledge and innovation; including protocols and operational procedures.

For more information about the clinical network please contact:

Kylie Stephens:  M: 0417 054 040 |  E:


Video Recordings of Meetings

Video recordings of selected presentations and discussion will be regulary uploaded to our website for all to access.

Clinical Network Meeting Summaries

Newsletter for Providers of Contraception and Abortion Care

CERSH has launched a quarterly newsletter for practitioners who are providers of contraception management and abortion care.

The content for the newsletter is a collaborative effort between CERSH, the Royal Women’s Hospital and 1800 My Options and is intended to provide current information, resources and tools to support the work of practitioners.

The newsletter is distributed quarterly and focuses on rural settings in Victoria. To subscribe please complete this short form.

An archive of the newsletters is also available below.