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Adolescents experience accessing emergency contraception from pharmacists

Pharmacists have the potential to be an entry point for adolescents accessing sexual and reproductive health services through the primary care system. Understanding the perspectives of adolescents accessing the emergency contraception pill (ECP) from pharmacists is important to address barriers when accessing EC from primary care health providers. We will use qualitative methods to elicit the experiences of adolescents and pharmacists and ascertain how we can improve the service delivery and experience of adolescents accessing sexual and reproductive health care. 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:
adolescent, contraception, pharmacy, women's health, primary care, general practice
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine » General Practice
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Physical location 
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Samantha Chakraborty

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