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About AusCAPPS

ABOUT THIS NETWORK

Our project and mission

AusCAPPS Network (The Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support Network) is an NHMRC-funded project designed to connect the primary care workforce and increase women’s access to contraception and abortion.

IUD and implant use among Australian women remains low, despite being safe and effective for women of all ages.   

Early medical abortion is also under-utilised in primary care, despite it being an effective and less-invasive option than surgical termination.
These inequities are magnified in rural and regional areas.

AusCAPPS Network aims to:

  • Increase women's access to long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (IUDs and implants).
  • Increase women’s access to safe, affordable early medical abortion (EMA), including for women from the most vulnerable populations.

How to use this site

Chat, network, ask a question, or post your thoughts:

Create your own profile page and connect with other AusCAPPS members - it looks a little like Facebook. Post questions, topics for discussion, news and interesting research. You can also put a specific clinical question to our expert network, and you can post anonymously if you wish.

Providers near me

This is a database of all AusCAPPS users you can search according to location. This is a great resource If you are looking to find a colleague or provider located near you - for example, if you are a GP in a rural area looking to find an EMA dispensing pharmacist nearby.

LARC and early medical abortion resource libraries

We have collated a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of clinical guidelines, templates, tools and tips and FAQs to assist you in delivering best-practice clinical services and save you the time spent searching online.

How to become a provider

If you are interested in becoming an EMA provider, having IUD insertion training, or building on your existing skills, this section of the site will put you in touch with training and education providers and opportunities.

Case study discussion

Get involved with fortnightly case study discussions, expert Q and A’s and live chats.

News, events and research

Find latest news, conference opportunities, research papers, opinion blogs and other updates. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with what is happening in this community and in women’s health more broadly.

How to update your Medcast Profile

When you signed up to join AusCAPPS, we asked you the following questions:

  • Do you insert contraceptive implants?
  • Do you insert IUDs?
  • Are you a prescriber/dispenser of MS2Step?
  • Do you remove contraceptive implants?
  • Do you remove IUDs?

We use that information to create a profile where you can connect to others in this Network.

To update your answers to these questions (for example, if you have received training and are now inserting IUDs in your practice), follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to medcast.com.au
  2. In the top right hand corner, hover on your name and click on the “My Profile” tab
  3. Scroll to the the AusCAPPS details section and update your status where applicable

If you have any issues, please contact the AusCAPPS team: [email protected]

Meet the team

The AusCAPPS team brings together a multidisciplinary team of national and international clinician researchers with expertise in women's sexual and reproductive health and a track record of translating research findings into practice and policy.

The AusCAPPS project is supported by a team based at Monash University, within the SPHERE Centre for Research Excellence.

INVESTIGATORS

Professor Danielle Mazza, Monash University
A/Professor Wendy Norman, The University of British Columbia
Professor Kirsten Black, The University of Sydney
Professor Angela Taft, La Trobe University
Professor Deborah Bateson, Family Planning NSW
A/Professor Kevin McGeechan, The University of Sydney

ASSOCIATE INVESTIGATORS

Dr Philip Goldstone, Marie Stopes Australia
Professor Jane Tomnay, Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association
Australian Women’s Health Nurse Association
Bayer Australia
Children by Choice
Department of Health, Australian Government
Family Planning New South Wales
Family Planning Tasmania
Family Planning Victoria
Family Planning Welfare Association of Northern Territory
Jean Hailes for Women's Health
Marie Stopes Australia
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
SHINE SA
Sexual Health Quarters

Get in touch

If you have questions, comments or require support and assistance, please contact [email protected]