It is estimated that half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned and that half of those are terminated. One in three to one in four Australian women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Nevertheless, uptake of the MTOP provision by GPs appears to be low and the reasons for this have been unclear. The results of study involving 30 GPs providing Medical Termination of Pregnancy in NSW shows that most GPs felt isolated. This research identified the need to increase the number of GPs who provide MTOP and better support GPs to deliver this service.
On other end, twenty to forty per cent of pregnant women experience bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy. The major causes are miscarriage (10–20% of clinical pregnancies) and ectopic pregnancy (1–2%). Despite clinical trials showing that medical management is an acceptable alternative to surgical management, it has not been widely implemented into clinical practice in Australia. A survey of general practitioners in reported that 48% were aware of pharmacological methods of managing miscarriage and only 8% had experience with medical management.
- Identify the referral criteria for miscarriage and medical termination of pregnancy;
- Learn the supports and systems required for safely undertaking medical termination of pregnancy in general practice;
- Learn conservative management of miscarriage.
- Dr Patricia Moore | Head of Unit, Early Pregnancy Service, Royal Women’s Hospital
- Dr Ines Rio | GP and Head of GP Liaison Unit, Royal Women’s Hospital
Registration: 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Session: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Light supper will be provided.