Since 1 July 2019, the ACT community can now access medical abortions through specially trained General Practitioners (GPs) and ‘telehealth’ providers. This will mean a person can visit a GP or telehealth provider, undertake blood tests and ultrasounds before being prescribed medical abortion medications. A specially trained pharmacist can then dispense the medications, which can be taken at the location of their choice, making the process more personal and appropriately sensitive. Marie Stopes Australia will still provide both medical and surgical abortions on a self-referral basis. More information can be found on the ACT Health website.
Raising awareness about LARCS
LARCS – long-acting reversible contraception – are convenient, safe, reliable, reversible, cost-effective and, most importantly, highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Australia is falling behind other developed countries when it comes to the use of LARCs despite the proven safety, and effectiveness of these methods, with a success rate of approximately 99% for avoiding unintended pregnancies. Only 6.5% of women in Australia use LARCS. WCHM’s recent research showed a lack of awareness about LARCS among women in the ACT. You can find out more here.
Women and coronary heart disease
New research reinforces that women are less likely to be prescribed with needed medication for heart conditions. Yet coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the second leading cause of death for women in Australia, after dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study showed that people with a history of CHD, particularly women and people aged less than 45 years, are less likely to have their condition managed according to current clinical guidelines. This article from RACGP highlights the importance of GPs considering CHD in women, and treating it the same way as for men.