Fund new MBS item for contraceptive counselling, says Senate inquiry

Reforms will only work if they recognise that contraception is 'more than a script', says RACGP president Dr Nicole Higgins.
Sarah Simpkins

A new Medicare item for contraceptive counselling and better funding for GPs to insert and remove IUDs are among the key recommendations from a federal Senate inquiry into reproductive healthcare.

The inquiry’s final report, published on Thursday, has 36 recommendations, including more cash for abortion consultations and encouraging PBS listing of more hormonal contraceptives.