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Developing typologies of abortion stigma in healthcare

Across contexts, community-level abortion stigma hinders information- and care-seeking in consumers, and stigma expressed by health professionals towards their patients negatively impacts consumer experiences in care. This project uses data from 19 qualitative interviews with abortion seekers in Australia. We documented experiences seeking abortion care and found that people's interactions with staff the pathway to abortion care (GP, receptionist, laboratory staff, nurse, doctor, ultrasonographer, etc) were highly influential on their perceptions of care. This project (Honours or Masters) will involve an analysis of qualitative data about interactions with health care professionals. The analysis will entail thematic analysis to identify descriptions of both stigmatising and positive experiences in abortion care. The student will develop and document abortion stigma typologies using qualitative inductive coding based on key characteristics of the narratives. The project will allow for a better understanding of how abortion stigma in healthcare is experienced by abortion seekers, and can be used to develop training materials to reduce stigma among healthcare professionals. The student will be involved in data analysis, development of narrative typologies, and dissemination of findings.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
abortion; stigma; qualitative research; healthcare professionals; training; Australia
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Physical location 
553 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne (adjacent to The Alfred)
Jane Fisher

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