The Women’s provides a very limited number of appointments for abortions. Priority access for abortions is given to women with a health care card.
You will need to speak with a member of the Women’s Pregnancy Advisory Service to find out whether you can access any available appointments.
The Better Health Channel provides information about other public and private abortion service providers in Victoria. This includes information about what different service providers charge, where they are located and their contact details, as well as evidence based fact sheets about counselling and abortion procedures.
You do not need private health insurance to attend a private clinic for an abortion.
Health issues treated
What we do
The clinic offers medication and surgical methods of abortion, the choice of which depends on a range of factors.
Information for patients
If you are considering an abortion
If you are considering having an abortion, we encourage you to see a GP or women’s health specialist as soon as possible. Health outcomes for women are improved when abortion services are provided in the early stages of pregnancy.
Accurate information about your options and supportive non-judgemental counselling can help you decide what’s best for you. You can also use our Unplanned pregnancy health information to assist you with your decision-making.
Most women experience unplanned pregnancy as a difficult health issue, but the evidence shows that there are rarely lasting negative consequences for women who choose to have an abortion. Many women find that when they have made a considered and informed decision, and have been supported in their decision by their partner, family and/or health professional, then the outcome is positive. Some women report feeling mixed emotions, such as relief as well as a sense of sadness and loss after the procedure, which diminish over time.
Each woman will be the best judge of how she will cope and what she needs to assist her to do so.
Abortion is a health issue
In 2008 the Victorian Parliament passed the Abortion Law Reform Act, which aligns the law with clinical practice and community support for health professionals to offer abortion as part of comprehensive, high quality women’s health care.
This law reform has decriminalised abortion when it is performed by a medical practitioner with a woman’s consent. Terminating a pregnancy that has passed 24 weeks gestation is lawful when two doctors have considered all the circumstances and determined that an abortion is appropriate.
At the Women's most abortions are performed between 6 and 12 weeks, with limited availability up to approximately 16 weeks.
What if I can’t get through to the Unplanned pregnancy support line?
Due to the high volume of calls we receive, it can sometimes be difficult to get through to speak to our staff and we apologise for this in advance. We understand the urgency and associated stress of an unplanned pregnancy however our service cannot assist every women who is hoping to attend the Women’s for an abortion.
Unfortunately we cannot meet the requests of every woman who contacts the service for an abortion. You may find that all available appointments for a medical consultation have been booked and we may be unable to assist you, which is why we suggest you should go to a private provider if possible.
In Victoria, most abortions are provided by private clinics. You do not need to have private health insurance to access a private clinic. If you a have a referral letter from your GP to the Women’s, it can be used at another clinic. We encourage you to find out more about other services which provide abortion on the Better Health Channel.
The abortion procedure
Abortion is one of the safest procedures available in the health system when it is performed by qualified health professionals, with proper equipment and appropriate medical technique.
Most abortions are performed between 6 and 12 weeks of pregnancy (counted from the last menstrual period or measured by ultrasound). The Women’s offers medication and surgical methods of abortion.
- A surgical abortion is usually performed by an operation called suction curette, under a general anaesthetic (with the woman asleep), and as a day procedure
- A medication abortion uses drugs given in doses over two or more days that induce miscarriage-like symptoms.
At your medical consultation, your doctor will conduct a clinical assessment that takes account of your medical history and other relevant factors, discuss with you the most appropriate method of abortion and obtain your consent to the procedure.
Follow up services
Abortion services at the Women’s are offered as part of our comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services. At the medical consultation, you can talk to your doctor about your ongoing contraception needs and any other medical issues relevant to your health and wellbeing.
You will also be offered post-abortion counseling and referral to other community support services as required.
Women can self-refer for an abortion via the Unplanned pregnancy support line. Referrals from a GP can be sent but these do not guarantee you will get an appointment. Please speak to the Unplanned pregnancy support line staff prior to the appointment.
What to bring
If you have any difficulty obtaining these please inform staff beforehand.