This Is How Women's Health Could Be Affected By The Election

Plibersek, who approved listing abortion drug RU486 in 2013 on the nation’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) when she was health minister, said a Labor government would review the Medicare rebate associated with the pills to address access and affordability issues. A prescription for RU486 today costs $6.40 with a health care card, but in regions where the pills are only provided privately, it can cost hundreds of dollars to have a medical abortion.

About 1,500 of Australia’s 35,000 GPs are registered prescribers of medical terminations, the strategy notes, and Labor would “fund an online community” to support the provision of the drugs and the provision of LARCs “so practitioners can access peer support and advice, as well as connect with pharmacists and other service providers”.

Eating disorder treatment

The government:

In the recent federal budget, the government announced $70.2 million to establish six residential eating disorders centres and provide national coordination for eating disorders treatment.

The Labor party:

A campaign spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Labor would match this funding commitment.

Stillbirth

The government:

The government last year promised $7.2 million for medical research and education programs to address Australia’s stillbirth rate.

The promise was in response to the report out of a Senate inquiry into the impact of stillbirth established by Labor senator Kristina Keneally, who spoke to BuzzFeed News in April about her stillborn daughter Caroline.

The funding covers a national plan in collaboration with clinicians and researchers, $3 million for stillbirth education and awareness programs for women and medical practitioners, $3 million for research (this will be allocated after a tender process) and $1.2 million for the University of Melbourne to research how to minimise preventable stillbirth.

As part of its women’s health strategy announced last month, the government also announced $1.3 million for an intensive support service to support families following stillbirth. The program, delivered through miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, will begin in the hospital and continue once the family has returned home.

The government’s perinatal mental health and wellbeing funding will include stillbirth support.

The Labor party:

The Labor party has promised to invest $5 million in driving down Australia’s stillbirth rate and the development of a national stillbirth strategy, as recommended by the Stillbirth Foundation of Australia, to set out priorities and funding needs. The $5 million includes a $1.85 million education campaign for women, $1.5 million for research focused on the stillbirths with no known cause and $1.5 million for a platform and free app to monitor pregnancy via wearable technologies.

Perinatal mental health

The government:

The government has pledged $26 million for a perinatal mental health and wellbeing program to support the mental health of expectant and new parents.

The Labor party:

A campaign spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Labor would match this funding commitment.

Source : https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/womens-health-funding-promises-election

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