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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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Use of modern contraceptives increasing globally

Monday, May 28, 2018

International News

A higher proportion of the world’s population has access to modern contraceptives than ever before, a UN report has found.

Reporting on progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it highlights the achievements in improving reproductive health – a pillar of the health targets.

Most notably, the proportion of women using modern contraception in the world’s least developed countries has increased from 39.4 per cent in 2000 to 58.5 per cent in 2018.

This compares to the global rate of 74.9 per cent in 2000 to 77.4 per cent in 2018.

More women are also giving birth with the help of a skilled healthcare professional – considered one of the most critical interventions for improving maternal and newborn health. This has seen the number of assisted live births increase from 62 per cent globally in 2000-2005, to 80 per cent in 2012-2017.

It is pleasing to see that teen birth rate has continued to decline in almost all regions.

Towards the goal of achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, there are promising reports on increasing female representation in parliament, from 19 per cent in 2010 to around 23 per cent in 2018. However the Pacific (excluding New Zealand and Australia) holds the lowest rate globally, with just 5.6 per cent of representatives being female.

The report also points to the prevalence of intimate partner violence, including that experienced by young women. Based on data from 2005 to 2016, 1 in 5 adolescent girls aged 15-19 have already experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months. 

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