8:00 AM, March 9, 2018
Friday March 9th, 2018 - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Shaughnessy Auditorium, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver
WHY: Equitable access to abortion care is a problem in BC, particularly for disadvantaged and rural populations. Excellent new opportunities will better meet the needs of British Columbians. The BC Government is providing mifepristone free, and BC Women’s is rolling out a program of free post-abortion contraception. Recent national and provincial regulator decisions mean that NPs in BC may now provide abortion, and the potential exists to advance this scope also among midwives. At this exciting juncture BC Women’s, in partnership with UBC’s CART and Options for Sexual Health invite you to join health professionals, health administrators and health system leadership to prepare for key opportunities and identify challenges in family planning health services.
This meeting follows four successful BCW- CART-OPT meetings convening a wide range of provincial collaborators. We aim to examine BC-specific opportunities for provision of medical abortion and post-abortion contraception, to improve equitable access to high quality family planning health services in BC.
WHAT: A one-day meeting held at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.
Top speakers will convey the latest evidence, as well as BC-specific health system and health service changes, related to mifepristone access for medical abortion and to the new SMART post-abortion contraception program. Sessions will emphasize the opportunities and processes specific to BC and the understanding of your perspective and the challenges you face in your role.
Interactive audience-panel discussions will engage interdisciplinary invitees including key knowledge users, patient groups and health system leaders, administrators and a range of health professionals.
WHO: This meeting will be valuable for urban and rural health professionals (physicians, NPs, nurses, midwives) working with those seeking abortion, Perinatal Service leads from all Health Authorities, hospital and clinic women’s health service administrators, Public health and community services related to family planning, and government leaders in Population and Public Health and Women’s Health.