Introduction to early medical abortion service provision

01 Jun 2023
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM


Available to
Practice Nurses
General Practitioners
Medical Specialist

Continuing Professional Development

CPD hours available


A free information session for doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists interested in early medical abortion service provision.

The Royal Women's Hospital, Victoria's Gippsland PHN, Sexual Health Victoria, EACH, Peninsula Health, Women's Health Victoria, Gippsland Women's Health, Women's Health in the South East and Women's Health East are pleased to offer two free capacity-building sessions with CPD points for Victorian doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists with an interest in early medical abortion service provision.

  • Webinar 1: Thursday 1st June 2023, 6.30-8pm. Introduction to early medical abortion service provision. Please register on this page to the left.
  • Webinar 2: Wednesday 12th July 2023, 6.30 - 8pm. Case studies and expert panel open discussion. Please register separately via this link.

CPD points are available, supported by Gippsland PHN. Certificates of attendance can be provided if required.

About this session:

  • Early medical abortion is a safe, legal and common procedure. In Australia, early medical abortion encompasses the use of two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end a pregnancy up to nine weeks of gestation. Medical abortion may be preferred to surgical abortion as it is more affordable, less invasive and accessible in primary care settings.
  • Access barriers still remain for people seeking early medical abortion, with less than 10% of GPs in Australia registered to prescribe medical abortion and even fewer doing so in primary care.
  • This forum will increase your knowledge of early medical abortion provision, including necessary steps to establishing service provision, and introduce professional networks available to support implementation of medical abortion provision at your organisation, including the Royal Women's Hospital Clinical Champions Project.

Experts speaking at this event include:

Dr Kathleen McNamee, resident Medical Director, Sexual Health Victoria

Maria Loupetis, Sexual and Reproductive and Refugee Health Nurse, EACH

Larissa Hudson, Senior nurse educator / sexual and reproductive health nurse, Sexual Health Victoria

Cath Hannon, Project Manager Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinical Champion Project, Royal Women's Hospital

Carolyn Mogharbel, Manager, 1800 My Options and Women's Health Victoria

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of:

  • Early medical abortion, including the process for prescribing, dispensing and supporting patients through the procedure ,
  • Experiences of establishing an early medical abortion practice in community health settings,
  • Referral pathways for post-procedure presentations,
  • Patient pathways to accessing abortion healthcare (including how to list your practice as a service provider),
  • Opportunities for further professional development and training, including the Royal Women's Hospital Clinical Champions Project e-modules and MSI Australia's MS-2 Step training.