Advocacy

Advocacy

SH&FPA seeks to expand and strengthen a national approach to sexual and reproductive health for all Australians by focusing on high needs and at-risk populations. We advocate for policies that support a public and population health response to sexual health and family planning needs, both in Australia and internationally. We produce, disseminate, and educate on best practice research and policies to businesses, community organisations, and the public.

We work collaboratively and in partnership with other national and international sexual health and family planning organisations, government, industry and the private sector where there are common objectives to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Sexual and reproductive health is not only about disease, but is a blend of health and rights issues. Measures of death, disability, and illness do not always capture the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health, or count the important contribution to health promotion and illness prevention made by interventions such as contraception.

Sexual and reproductive health issues are often overlooked. For example, about 1 in 5 Australians will contract an STI in their lifetime and about one half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned. There are issues with accessibility, affordability, acceptability, and accountability of existing sexual and reproductive health information, education, and services in Australia. These issues require a range of coordinated individual, educational, health service, community, and national approaches.

Key, national-level issues include:

  1. Unplanned pregnancies, abortion, and the underutilisation of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in primary care
  2. Vulnerable groups; including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; young people; immigrants and refugees; people with disabilities; same-sex attracted, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; sex worker; the homeless; and prison populations.
  3. The absence of national coordination with regards to policy, research, and data
  4. Workforce Development
  5. Cost-benefit analyses

Read more about our advocacies regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, young people, LARCs, workforce development, and our action strategies.