Journal article

General practitioner knowledge and practice in relation to unintended pregnancy in the Grampians region of Victoria, Australia

Louise Keogh, Samantha Croy, Danielle Newton, Marianne Hendron, Shannon Hill

Rural and Remote Health | COLL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY JAMES COOK UNIV TOWNSVILLE | Published : 2019

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Abortion has been legal in the Australian state of Victoria since 2008 and medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) available since 2012. While these developments were expected to improve Victorian rural women's access to abortion, this has not been borne out in practice. General practitioners (GPs), particularly in rural areas, are women's first point of contact when faced with an unintended pregnancy. The objective of this study was to understand rural GPs' knowledge and practice in relation to unintended pregnancy and referral for abortion, using the Grampians region of Victoria as a case study. Parts of this region, like other rural and regional areas, experience teenage pre..

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