Patient, practitioner and system barriers have resulted in Australian women having relatively low rates of utilisation of intrauterine devices (IUD's). This qualitative study seeks to determine sustainable models of care to deliver intrauterine contraception in general practice settings. Involving interviews with current GP inserters of IUD's throughout Australia, the results of this study will provide useful advice as to how to establish and sustain IUD service provision within general practice contexts. A similar study on the provision of medical abortion in general practice was previously undertaken by an honours student and published in the Australian Journal of General Practice (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32464728/). 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.
women's health, contraception, primary care, general practice, intrauterine device, qualitative, models of care
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
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