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Contraception counselling and provision at 6-week postnatal check

Women are recommended to have a check-up at six weeks postpartum, usually with their general practitioner (GP). Whilst there is an expectation that GPs will discuss contraception at this appointment, there are no consistent guidelines in relation to this in Australia and contraception counselling/provision may not always occur at that visit. A qualitative study will be undertaken to better understand primary care / general practice clinicians (general practitioners and practice nurses) views and experiences regarding contraception counselling and provision of contraception at the 6-week postnatal check, and the role practice nurses might play in this area, through interviews with GPs and practice nurses. 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 
Physical location 
Notting Hill Campus
Danielle Mazza

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