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Access to postpartum contraception: Clinician and stakeholder perspectives

Early access to contraception in the postpartum period can help to avoid a rapid repeat pregnancy. Postpartum contraception can potentially be accessed in several ways in Australia, however a number of barriers to access exist and there is no consistent or cohesive guidance for maternal postpartum community care to guide efforts. A qualitative study will be undertaken to explore the views of clinicians and stakeholders to better understand the current situation, existing/potential models of care, and opportunities for increasing access. This project sits within a program of research being undertaken by Professor Mazza in SPHERE, a NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care. This is the first dedicated Centre to lead research that is aimed at improving the quality, safety, and capacity of primary health care services to achieve better outcomes in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Students working under SPHERE will be supported by Professor Mazza's research team, which consists of Post Docs, PhD students, academic registrars and honours students. They will also have the opportunity to be part of a large, multidisciplinary, collaborative team of investigators, which includes prominent national and international researchers and experts working in women’s health, general practice, pharmacy, nursing, epidemiology, knowledge translation, health economics, and policy development.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
women's health, contraception, sexual and reproductive health, postnatal, postpartum, general practice, practice nurse, primary care
Available options 
Masters by research
Masters by coursework
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Notting Hill Campus
Danielle Mazza

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