On 7 October, WCHM released our latest report Improving Choices and Options: The views of ACT women about their sexual and reproductive health needs. The report details the findings from the responses of 510 ACT women to a survey conducted during late 2017 and early 2018. This local ACT consultation by WCHM was an opportunity for ACT women to share their views about their sexual and reproductive health needs and for WCHM to understand which information and services ACT women access for their sexual and reproductive health including contraception, STIs, access to health screening, and termination of pregnancy; their knowledge and to find out what was working and not working for them.
We know that in the ACT today, it is true more than ever that there are more choices and options for ACT women so that they can manage and control their sexual and reproductive health needs. But these improvements in options and access can be affected by women’s social and economic circumstances – the social determinants of health.
The feedback from women in this research reinforces the impacts that the social determinants of health have on women’s choices and access and highlights the social and financial impacts that ACT women can face in managing their sexual and reproductive health regardless of their age or socio-economic background.
Read the full report here.