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Accessing contraception and abortion care during natural disasters

Natural disasters are becoming increasingly prevalent in Australia, with regional and rural communities particularly impacted by disasters such as floods and bushfires. Access to contraception and abortion care, already highly inequitable in regional and rural areas, is further limited during times of disaster. Women wishing to prevent pregnancy or who have an unintended or unwanted pregnancy during or following a disaster can experience significant challenges in accessing timely, affordable, local services and support for this. We wish to conduct a qualitative study with women living in areas impacted by natural disasters in Australia to better understand their contraception/abortion care needs and experiences and to develop case studies to document the current situation and identify opportunities for improving 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:
contraception, abortion, women's health, sexual and reproductive health, disasters
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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