Serving rural Australia with reproductive health expertise

Tanjina Mirza, Gabor T. Kovacs, Yohannes Kinfu

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This study aimed to review the use of reproductive health services in Family Planning clinics by women from rural (non-metropolitan) Australia through a retrospective analysis of data collected at clinics of seven state/territory Family Planning Organisations (FPO). From a total of 146 157 client visits to FPO clinics between July 1998 and June 1999, 42 497 (29.1%) were by clients who lived outside metropolitan areas. Some 97% of clients were women. Our results show the use of reproductive health services by women from rural areas was different from the services used by women from metropolitan areas. There were fewer male clients, more women over 40 years of age, and fewer clients from a non-English speaking background. More of the attendees had pension cards and fewer were privately insured. We concluded there is considerable demand for reproductive health services among the rural population and reproductive health care needs to be expanded to reach rural women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalThe Australian journal of rural health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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