Victorian Clinical Network for Abortion and Contraception Care

About the Victorian Clinical Network

In 2017,  number of practitioners involved in the provision of abortion services in Victoria expressed interest in collaborating to provide leadership, peer learning, and clinical service development for abortion and contraception care in across Victoria.

CERSH determined the establishment of a clinical network would contribute to this expressed interest, and assist in building the capacity of the rural sector to proactively develop and deliver a responsive and inclusive service system for women experiencing unintended pregnancy and abortion. The clinical network was established in partnership with the Royal Women’s Hospital and seeks guidance from a Clinical Advisory Committee.

For more information about the clinical network please email the CERSH admin team at: cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au

  • Scope of the Network

    The network relates to the clinical care and pathways for women experiencing unintended pregnancy and abortion in Victoria. The areas of focus include medical abortion, health pathways related to this process, uptake of effective contraception post-abortion, and service system development.

    Practitioners – both public and private – are encouraged to join and current participants include: General Practitioners, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, radiologists, practice managers, researchers, specialist abortion providers, Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

    The clinical network meetings are held quarterly via videoconferencing software.

  • Objectives of the Network
    • To provide clinical advice and peer support to ensure quality of care and patient satisfaction in rural locations
    • To promote multidisciplinary collaboration between providers of services to identify local strategies to plan and deliver effective and consistent services and clinical care pathways
    • To foster collective leadership and harness the knowledge and experience of rural clinicians for advocacy and policy development purposes
    • To share and document knowledge and innovation; including protocols and operational procedures
  • 2021 Meeting Dates

    All meetings are held via Zoom videoconferencing: 

    • Tuesday 9 March
    • Tuesday 25 May
    • Tuesday 24 August
    • Tuesday 23 November
  • Newsletter for Providers of Contraception and Abortion Care

    CERSH has launched a quarterly newsletter for practitioners who are providers of contraception management and abortion care. The content for the newsletter is a collaborative effort between CERSH, the Royal Women's Hospital and 1800 My Options and is intended to provide current information, resources and tools to support the work of practitioners.

    The newsletter is distributed quarterly and focuses on rural settings in Victoria.

    Subscribe here

Meeting Summaries & Recordings

Below are meeting summaries and recordings, including clinical notes provided by the team at The Women's. Summaries and recordings will be available here for one year post-meeting date and then will be archived. Archived notes and videos can be accessed by sending an email to: cersh-admin@unimelb.edu.au.

Network Meeting Recording: March 9, 2021

Below is the recording of the clinical network meeting held on March 9, 2021. All recordings of meetings are available via the CERSH YouTube channel.

Network Meeting Recording: October 13, 2020

Below is the recording of the clinical network meeting held on October 13, 2020. All recordings of meetings are available via the CERSH YouTube channel.

Network Meeting Recording: August 18, 2020

Below is the recording of the clinical network meeting held on August 18, 2020. All recordings of meetings are available via the CERSH YouTube channel.