Acknowledgements & Foreword



The third edition of Contraception: an Australian clinical practice handbook is a collaborative venture by Family Planning NSW, Family Planning Queensland and Family Planning Victoria.

The publishers acknowledge the work of Dr Deborah Bateson, Medical Director, Family Planning NSW; Dr Caroline Harvey, Medical Director, Family Planning Queensland and Dr Kathleen McNamee, Medical Director, Family Planning Victoria who have been the major contributors to this publication.

The publishers also thank and acknowledge the following people for their invaluable contributions of time and expertise in reviewing and proof reading this edition:

Dr Katrina Allen, Sexual Health information, networking & education SA

A/Professor Rod Baber, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Dr Judi Cornell, Family Planning NSW

Dr Melissa Buttini, Wesley Hospital, Brisbane

Dr Alison Creagh, FPWA Sexual Health Services

Dr Terri Foran, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of NSW

Professor Ian Fraser, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney

Dr Maria Garefalakis, FPWA Sexual Health Services

Dr Philip Goldstone, Marie Stopes International, Australia

Dr Sonia Grover, Austin Family Planning Clinic, Austin Health, Victoria

Ms Margot Kingston, NP, Brisbane Sexual Health & HIV Service, Queensland Health

Dr Jenny Leung, Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT

Dr Fiona Mack, Family Planning Queensland

Dr Alex Marceglia, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

A/Professor Lisa Nissen, School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland

Dr Cheryn Palmer, Princess Alexandra Sexual Health Service, Queensland Health

Dr Suzanne Pearson, Family Planning Victoria

Dr Claire Pickett, Ballarat Community Health Centre, Department of Health, Victoria

Dr Karuna Raja, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Dr Miranda Robinson, Austin Family Planning Clinic, Austin Health, Victoria

Dr Penny Steele, Family Planning Welfare Association of NT

Dr Mary Stewart, Family Planning NSW

Dr Kay Strom, Family Planning Queensland

The publishers gratefully acknowledge UK Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (FSRH) for generously allowing modification and reproduction of the UKMEC summary tables.



Contraception: an Australian clinical practice handbook was first published in 2006 when member organisations of Sexual Health & Family Planning Australia (SH&FPA) recognised a need in the clinical arena to provide a consensus approach to contraceptive practice based on evidence, critical review and usefulness in Australian practice.

Family Planning Organisations in Australia have evolved, through a history of providing focussed contraceptive care to Australian communities, to be in a unique position where they are recognised as leaders in the field of contraceptive knowledge and practices in Australia.

Contraception: an Australian clinical practice handbook, now in its third edition, continues to strive to provide accurate and useful information for health care professionals, based on extensive research, review and critical analysis of the most recent literature and research into contraceptive methods and practice.

This handbook is intended to facilitate good clinical practice in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services.

It aims to provide concise and currently referenced information for health professionals working in areas that include contraceptive practice.

Each chapter is presented in a systematic and uniform format, allowing chapters to be read as a complete unit, with cross referencing to other chapters containing relevant information. A detailed table of contents is referenced at the beginning of each chapter and references pertaining to each chapter are found at the end of each chapter.

Each chapter contains a table of significant UK Medical Eligibility Criteria (UKMEC) relevant to the method of contraception and conditions discussed in that chapter.

Chapter 12 contains full details of all UKMEC summary tables.

Language usage in this edition is Australian and may differ from that presented in references.

Note: UK Medical Eligibility Criteria summary tables are adapted and reproduced with permission from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare UK (FSRH) −



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Print edition ISBN: 978-0-9872962-1-4

Online edition ISBN: 978-1-877026-27-0



Medical knowledge is constantly changing. As new information becomes available, changes in treatment, procedures, equipment and the use of drugs becomes necessary. The contributors and the publishers have as far as possible, taken every care to ensure that the information contained in this text is as accurate as possible at the time of writing. Readers are strongly advised to confirm that the information, especially with regard to drug usage, complies with present legislation and accepted standards of practice. Neither the editors nor the publishers accept any responsibility for difficulties that may arise as a result of any health practitioner acting on the advice and recommendations it contains.


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