Pregnancy Advisory Service
The Pregnancy Advisory Service (PAS) provides pregnancy options counselling and referrals for a medical consultation for an abortion at the Women's.
Note that there is high demand on this service; health professionals are advised to consult the Better Health Channel for a list of other abortion providers.
GP letters should not be mailed or faxed to PAS.
Patients must call PAS directly to arrange appointments.
- Support and information for women with unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, and for their friends or families or health professionals
- Pregnancy options counselling
- Advocacy and referral for women with unplanned pregnancy
- Assessment and bookings for a medical consultation for an abortion – early medication termination of pregnancy (MTOP) or surgical termination of pregnancy (STOP)
- Support and information for health professionals
The Women’s provides a limited number of appointments for abortions. Priority access is given to women with a health care card; young women or women with complex needs; and, marginalised/disadvantaged women. Assessments are made on an individual basis.
The majority of STOPs at the Women’s are provided between 6 and 12 weeks gestation from last normal menstrual period (LNMP). In some circumstances STOP can be provided at up to 18 weeks. 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.
A Medicare card is required. Generally women not eligible for Medicare (e.g. with overseas health insurance) will be advised to contact private clinics.
Determined case by case
The PAS is open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and is closed on public holidays.
PAS Intake staff (social workers and counsellor / advocates) will assess a woman’s individual needs. If the criteria for making an appointment have been met, an appointment at the Women’s will be offered if available. Otherwise referrals to other internal or external services will be provided.
Women are encouraged to contact PAS in the first instance, after obtaining a GP letter. A GP letter should include:
- Results confirming the pregnancy
- Estimated gestation
- Ultrasound results if available
- Blood Group
However, women will not be excluded if they are unable to obtain this.
GP letters should not be faxed.
A mailed or faxed letter alone does not automatically result in an appointment being arranged as each woman needs to contact PAS directly.
For women who are in crisis or need interpreter assistance or advocacy, health professionals may call PAS on the PAS Health professional line while the woman is with them. PAS can call women back where necessary. However we will need assurance that patient safety, privacy and confidentiality needs will be met if a call is made or if we send an SMS to a mobile phone.
Women with a valid Medicare card are seen as a public hospital patient.
- There is no cost for attending a pregnancy options counselling appointment;
- There is no cost for the procedure;
- There may be a cost for additional pharmacy items.
Appointment details are provided to the woman verbally, by email, text or by post (according to preference). GPs will be notified of the outcome following a woman’s attendance at the consultation.