Abortion of pregnancy referrals
The Women’s Abortion and Contraception Service
The majority of surgical terminations of pregnancy (STOPs) at the Women’s are provided between 6 and 12 weeks gestation from last normal menstrual period (LNMP). The availability and suitability of the type of procedure will be assessed at Intake, and confirmed when a woman attends her appointment for the medical consultation.
To contact the service or refer a woman please ring (03) 8345 2832 or fax on (03) 8345 2833. The Women’s main contact line (03) 8345 2000 can also transfer Health Professionals to the Abortion and Contraception Service Health professional line.
The Women’s provides very limited number of appointments for abortions due to high demand. Priority appointment for abortions is given to women with complex health care needs or a health care card and no ability to have an abortion in the private sector where the majority of abortions are performed. Not all callers will be able to make an appointment and not all callers will get through.
For women who do not meet the priority criteria please consider referring to other providers of abortions.
Information and referral options
1800 My Options is Victoria's new independent Information and Phone line Service that provides information and referral for contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health for women in Victoria. This includes where to access clinical services (such as contraception and/or abortion providers) as well as other services and supports (such as decision-making counselling). 1800 MyOptions can also provide interpreter support if required.
Please contact 1800 My Options on 1800 696 784 or visit www.1800myoptions.org.au for assistance
Referral to the Women's
GP’s and other Health Professionals are welcome to contact the Abortions and Contraception Service to discuss a referral, for instance in an urgent situation or where your patient requires advocacy.
Please note: a mailed or faxed GP letter alone does not automatically result in an appointment being arranged. GPs will be notified of criteria for referral to the Women's.
Pregnancy options counselling and post abortion counselling are provided to women who are booked to have an abortion at the Women’s.
What your patient should bring
If your patient has arranged an appointment with the Women's Abortion and Contraception Service please remind them to bring, if possible:
- A GP letter – this needs to be as comprehensive as possible to enable triaging, please include:
- Results confirming the pregnancy
- Estimated gestation
- Ultrasound results if available
- Blood Group card if available
- Medicare card and health care card if applicable.