News A new $2.5 million centre will investigate ways GPs and other primary healthcare workers can deliver best practice reproductive services. Only about 1300 of Australia’s 35,000 GPs are currently registered to provide medical abortion. Many Australian women are currently struggling to access abortions or even get advice on contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Most affected are younger women and those in rural and remote areas, which has contributed to more than a quarter of Australian women of reproductive age having had an unplanned pregnancy in the past decade. That’s the problem the new Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care (SPHERE) is designed to fix. SPHERE Director Professor Danielle Mazza, who is also Chair of General Practice at Monash University, told newsGP the goal of SPHERE will be to improve the sexual and reproductive health of Australian women through primary care. […]