Access to and use of medication abortion in post-decriminalisation Victoria

Project Details

This project was a collaboration between investigators from the University of Melbourne, Royal Women’s Hospital, Women’s Health Victoria, and Family Planning Victoria. As part of this project, we conducted 19 interviews with Victorian-based experts in abortion service provision. A number of outcomes were achieved from this project.

There has been significant media interest in our research so far, with articles appearing in The Age, ABC Online, and a radio program devoted to this topic on Triple J’s Hack program, and we have been invited to contribute to the Victorian Government’s strategy. There has also been international interest in our research, with a commentary appearing alongside a recent paper in a UK journal* and subsequent email exchanges with the author, about how Victoria’s experience can inform the debate in the UK.

*Sheldon S. (2017) Abortion law reform in Victoria: lessons for the UK. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 43:25.


Assoc. Professor Louise A. Keogh
Dr Danielle Newton
Dr Christine Bayly, Royal Women's Hospital
Dr K McNamee, Family Planning Victoria
A Hardiman, Royal Women's Hospital
A Webster , Womens Health Victoria
Dr Marie Bismark


Brenda Jean Brown Trust

Research Publications

Keogh LA, Bismark M, McNamee K, Hardiman, A, Bayly C, Newton D. Conscientious objection to abortion, the law and its implementation in Victoria, Australia: Perspectives of abortion service providers (under review).

Keogh LA, Newton D, Bayly C, McNamee K, Hardiman A, Webster A, Bismark M (2017) Intended and unintended consequences of abortion law reform: perspectives of abortion experts in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 43 (1):18-2.

Newton D, Bayly, C., McNamee, K., Bismark, M., Hardiman, A., Webster, A., & Keogh, LA. (2016a) “…a one stop shop in their own community”: Medical abortion and the role of general practice. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 56(6):648-654.

Newton D, Bayly, C.B., McNamee, K., Hardiman, A., Bismark, M., Webster, A., & Keogh, LA. (2016b). How do women seeking abortion choose between surgical and medical abortion? Perspectives from abortion service providers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 56(5) 523-529.

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.