Early medical abortion (EMA)
Abortion is a safe and legal medical procedure.
In Victoria, the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 allows for the provision of abortion on request for a woman up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion after 24 weeks is legal but is not common.
Data from 1800 My Options indicates the majority of requests for information about abortion services are from women with a pregnancy less than nine weeks.
Early medical abortion (EMA) refers to the administration of medications to end a pregnancy. EMA is a safe, effective and acceptable option for women. EMA can be provided in primary care settings, such as GP or community health clinics, with the appropriate support mechanisms in place.
This information is for medical practitioners interested in becoming EMA providers.
The Women’s is committed to increasing access to abortion services by building the clinical capacity and expertise of other hospitals, health services and the primary care sector to provide abortion and contraception services. This is critical to ensure that women can access abortion services that are safe, timely and close to their home and social support networks. Read the Women’s abortion position statement.
1800 My Options
1800 My Options is a statewide, independent database of sexual and reproductive health providers. The service draws on a geo-mapped database of private and publicly registered providers. 1800 My Options can help both health practitioners and users find a service that best suits their needs. EMA providers can have their service listed.
About early medical abortion
Early medical abortion involves the combined use of mifepristone and misoprostol. Combining these two medicines is a well-established method for medical abortion and is known to be safe and effective.Learn more
Early medical abortion - clinical pathway
EMA can be provided in primary care settings, where clinicians plan, prescribe and manage the care of the person.Learn more
Early medical abortion - resources and support
Resources and support are available for EMA providers.Learn more
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