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Understanding GP models of care for intrauterine device (IUD) insertion

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are one of the most effective forms of contraception, with high continuation rates and reports of method satisfaction by users. However, uptake of IUDs in Australia remains low. Access to IUD insertion is a significant barrier to its uptake. Few GPs in Australia perform IUD insertions themselves and must refer patients to a specialist for the insertion. The additional costs and time involved in seeing a specialist may prevent women from choosing this method. Furthermore, increased time between prescription and insertion leaves women vulnerable to unintended pregnancy while they wait to have the IUD inserted. Little has been documented of the models of practice for IUD insertions currently used by Australian GPs. This Honours project will involve qualitative interviews with Australian GPs to understand their perspectives on IUD insertion and their current model of practice for IUD insertions. 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, unintended pregnancy, women’s health, reproductive health, sexual health, primary care, IUD, general practice
School of Primary and Allied Health Care » General Practice
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Notting Hill Campus
Danielle Mazza

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