Pregnancy Support Counselling – National Telephone Helpline

A National Telephone Helpline for pregnancy support will provide non-directive counselling, advising women and their partners on the relevant services available to support the needs of pregnant women.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • A range of pregnancy counselling services is available to women and their partners, but women may be unaware of available services, may find it difficult to access them, particularly in rural areas and after hours, or may wish to receive counselling and advice in a non-clinical setting. The National Pregnancy Support Telephone Helpline will provide non-directive counselling, advising women and their partners on the relevant services available to support the needs of pregnant women.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure will improve the availability of timely, confidential pregnancy counselling for women and their partners, particularly those in rural and remote areas. These measures will also be a source of information on the services available to support all pregnant women.

What funding is the Government committing to this initiative?

  • The Helpline is expected to cost $15.5 million over four years.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Government provides approximately $1.5 million in direct funding to six national organisations which provide a range of sexual and reproductive health services. Government funding is also provided to the states and territories through the Public Health Outcome Funding Agreements for a range of public health activities, including family planning.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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