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Abortion services in Victoria

Summary

Abortion is legal in Victoria. Surgical abortion services are located in Melbourne and rural Victoria. Medical abortion is available through certified medical practitioners. Costs vary between clinics. Medicare covers a portion of the cost. Some clinics provide discounted fees to students, healthcare card holders and others.

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Abortion services in Victoria
Abortion is legal in Victoria. Abortion services are located in both Melbourne and rural Victoria, although the majority of service providers are in Melbourne.

Costs vary between clinics, but all procedures are covered, in part, by Medicare. Discounts are available for concession card holders. Even if you are not covered by Medicare, fees may be reimbursed by private health insurance providers. Costs also depend on how long you have been pregnant and whether you will be having a surgical or medical abortion.

Abortion services in rural Victoria


Surgical abortion services tend to be concentrated in metropolitan Melbourne. There are some surgical services available in rural areas. Medical abortion is now also available through other medical practitioners, providing they are appropriately certified.

You should discuss these options with your doctor, or contact your local community health or women’s health service. Some Melbourne service providers cater for women coming from rural Victoria and offer a ‘same-day service’.

Finding an abortion service in Victoria


Most private surgical abortion providers in Victoria are listed in this fact sheet, but you can also find information through your doctor or other health services.

Abortion services are also provided by some public hospitals. Private services are listed in the Yellow Pages under ‘Pregnancy Termination Services’. Your doctor, community health service or women’s health service may also have information about local providers.

There are also some abortion services available in rural areas that are not listed below. Your doctor or local community health or women’s health service can provide you with details of these services.

Choosing an abortion service in Victoria


There are a number of issues to consider when you choose an abortion service including:
Cost – some public hospitals provide a small number of abortions at no cost. If you have a Medicare card, out-of-pocket expenses vary with private providers and range from around $300 to $500. If you do not have a Medicare card, out-of-pocket costs can be higher. It may be possible to have your health fund billed if you have private insurance. Fees vary based on how long you have been pregnant and whether you are having a medical or surgical abortion
Discounts and waiving fees – there is often a discount for students or healthcare card holders. Some clinics may reduce or waive the fee if you are experiencing financial difficulty
Privacy – some services are known to attract anti-abortion picketers and so may have an alternative entrance to maintain your privacy. Ask over the phone beforehand if you are concerned
Same-day servicesome services may require two visits, although many will just require one visit
Contraceptive services – some services may be able to insert Implanon (a contraceptive implant inserted just under the skin of a woman's upper arm) or an IUD (intrauterine device) while you are under anaesthetic
Types of anaesthetic – these vary from a local anaesthetic (for which you are awake) to a general anaesthetic (for which you are asleep). Twilight anaesthetic is somewhere in between. The type of anaesthetic used will vary according to your provider and your own circumstances
Length of pregnancy – most providers will perform an abortion up to 12 weeks after the last normal period. Some providers will perform abortions later in the pregnancy. Abortion can legally be accessed up to the 24th week of pregnancy, and, in certain circumstances, beyond this
Medical or surgical abortion – the type of abortion you have will depend on the length of your pregnancy and the procedures available from your provider.

Please note, this information is intended as a guide only. Always contact providers directly for specific information relating to your own circumstances.

Victorian public hospital abortion services



NAMETELEPHONE ADDRESSFEESDURATION OF PREGNANCYTYPE OF ANAESTHETICTYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLEDAYS OF SERVICECOUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE
Contraceptive and Counselling Clinic
– Monash Health

(03) 9594 2457

Fax referrals to (03) 9594 6438
246 Clayton Rd,
Clayton
Medicare card: No cost

Limited places – priority is given to teenagers and victims of sexual assault

Phone for further information
Less than 12 weeks on the date of the terminationGeneralSurgicalPlease call between 2pm -3pm on Fridays for a first appointment where a clinician will be available to discuss any queries. No
Pregnancy Advisory Service –
The Royal Women’s Hospital



Unplanned
Pregnancy Guide
(03) 8345 3063

Because of the high volume of calls, callers may not get through immediately
Cnr Grattan St & Flemington Rd,
Parkville
Public patient: No cost

Limited places

Private patient: Contact the Pregnancy Advisory Service for fees
6–12 weeks

Limited appointments available up to 18 weeks
Usually general anaestheticUsually surgical abortion

Medical abortions may also be available, depending on individual circumstances
Monday to FridayYes

Some same day services are available

Phone to discuss.

Private abortion services in Victoria



NAMETELEPHONEADDRESSFEESDURATION OF PREGNANCYTYPE OF ANAESTHETIC AVAILABLETYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLEDAYS OF SERVICECOUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE
Fertility Control Clinic(03) 9419 2922 116–118 Wellington Pde, East MelbournePlease phone for information regarding fees, prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and private health card holders Up to 16 weeksLocal, general and twilight anaesthetic Surgical

Medical abortions are also available. Strict criteria apply and fees are higher than those listed.
Monday to SaturdayYes
The Hampton Park Women's Health Care Centre (03) 9799 28172–4 Warana Dr, Hampton Park Under 11 weeks pregnant:

Medicare card: $360

Prices change for concession, Medicare and private health card holders

Please call for further information
Up to 13 weeksLocal, twilight and general anaesthetic Medical and surgicalMonday to FridayYes

Medical procedures require two appointments around two weeks apart

For country women, we can organise the follow up with your GP or over the phone
Dr Marie Freecall: 1800 003 707East St Kilda
338 Dandenong Rd
Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare
Surgical abortion may be used at various gestations according to state legislation

Twilight anaestheticSurgicalDays of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments
No, only available with the medical procedure.
East Melbourne
Suite 4, Level 1 182 Victoria Pde
Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare
Medical abortion is only suitable for early pregnanciesNot applicable for medical abortionsMedicalDays of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments
Yes if an appointment is available

Medical procedures require two appointments approximately two weeks apart
Maroondah
411 Dorset Rd
Clayton
Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and people who are not covered by Medicare
Surgical abortion may be used at various gestations according to state legislation

Medical abortion is only suitable for early pregnancies
Twilight anaesthetic
Medical and surgicalDays of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments
Depends on type of procedure

Early surgical procedures require one procedure only

Medical procedures require two appointments approximately two weeks apart

Surgical procedures in later pregnancy require two appointments on two consecutive days
Monash Family Planning(03) 9544 9902252 Clayton Rd,
Clayton
Medicare card: $350

Not covered by Medicare: $850
6–12 weeksGeneral anaestheticSurgicalPhone for further information & appointments on Monday and Thursday between 10am and 3pmYes
The Women’s Clinic in Dandenong(03) 9792 4622129 Cleeland St, Dandenong

Also operating in the north-west:
145 Furlong Road (at Western Day Surgery)
St Albans
6–11 weeks

Medicare card without private health insurance: $300

Phone for further information regarding fees

Prices vary depending on whether you have a Medicare card, private health insurance and for pregnancies greater than 11 weeks
Up to 15 weeksGeneral and local anaestheticSurgicalPhone for further information and appointmentsYes

Where to get help


Your doctor
Women’s health services
Community health centre
Pregnancy Advisory Service Tel. (03) 8345 3063
Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline Tel. 1800 882 436
Family Planning Victoria Tel. (03) 9257 0121

Things to remember


Abortion is legal in Victoria.
Most abortion service providers are located in Melbourne but some provide ‘same day’ services for women from country areas.
Abortion services are also available in some rural areas. Your doctor can provide you with details of these services.
Costs vary between clinics but all procedures are covered, in part, by Medicare. Discounts are available for concession card holders. Even if you are not covered by Medicare, fees may be reimbursed by private health insurance providers.

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Womens Health Victoria

Last reviewed: January 2013

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