Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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World Population Day

Thursday, July 10, 2008

International News

July 11 marks World Population Day, an annual event that this year emphasises the rights of individuals and couples to plan their own families.

Currently, 500 million women in the developing world are using some form of family planning, thereby preventing

  • 187 million unintended pregnancies
  • 60 million unplanned births
  • 105 million induced abortions
  • 2.7 million infant deaths
  • 215,000 maternal deaths
  • 685,000 children from losing their mothers due to pregnancy-related deaths each year.

However, another 200 million women throughout the developing world who would like to delay or limit their births lack access to contraceptives.

Providing these women with the services they need would prevent an additional 52 million unintended pregnancies and 23 million unplanned births each year.

Preventing pregnancies that are unintended and births that are unplanned means:

1.Improving maternal health and child survival.

Helping women avoid becoming pregnant too early, too late or too often benefits them and their children. Meeting the unmet need for contraceptives would further reduce global rates of maternal mortality by 35%, and a three-year interval between births in developing countries would further lower rates of infant mortality by 24% and rates of child mortality by 35%.

2. Reducing the number of abortions overall, especially unsafe abortion.

Closing the gap in the unmet need for contraceptives would further reduce the number of abortions worldwide by 64% each year. More than half of all abortions occurring in developing countries are unsafe, and fewer unsafe abortions would lead to fewer maternal deaths and injuries.

3. Preventing sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.

Improved access to condoms, both male and female, reduces the rate at which STIs, including HIV, are spread. Moreover, to the extent that HIV-positive women are better able to prevent unplanned pregnancies and births, they are also helping to reduce the rate of new HIV infections.

4. Empowering women.

Women who can control the number and timing of their children can take better advantage of educational and economic opportunities, improving their own future and that of their families.

5. Promoting social and economic development and security.

High population growth hampers poor countries&' economic development as their expanding populations compete for limited resources such as food, housing, schools and jobs. Rapid and unsustainable population growth renders societies more unstable and can lead to greater civil unrest.

6. Protecting the environment.

Since so many women worldwide want fewer children than their mothers did, increasing their access to voluntary family planning services will further slow population growth rates. Rapidly growing population exacerbates environmental degradation and strains the world's resources.

(With thanks to the Guttmacher Institute for this information).

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