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Abortion Darwin, NT

Australia’s Medical Termination Provider

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Abortion in Darwin & Northern Territory

Darwin and NT women can use our pregnancy termination service as non-surgical alternative to an operation at a hospital or abortion clinic. Abortion law reform, after many years, has now made medical abortion available, not only in Darwin but also in Katherine and Alice Springs. You must live within 2 hours driving time from a medical facility in the unlikely event that emergency care is necessary. The law does not require you to be referred by any doctor.

We will express mail all the medications that are necessary so avoiding the need to go to a pharmacy to get any pills. Our medication delivery time should be no more than 1-2 days.

 

What areas do we service?

The Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform Bill 2017 Part 5 18(g) provides for setting of, by the Chief Health Officer, “standards, guidelines or requirements for the manner or doing anything required anything to be done or performed under the Act”.

Regulations relating to the Bill are still being drafted but it is expected that medical abortion would be permitted if the woman resides within 2 hours driving time of a facility which could provide emergency medical care such as Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine.

The new Bill does not come into effect until it assented to by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, and Section 11 of the Medical Services Act is still in law preventing medical abortion at present.

 

When can I expect my medications?

All medications are sent by Australia Post Express Post in a plain non-identifiable package. Express Post will take between 1-2 business days to locations in the delivery areas of Darwin and Alice Springs.

If you live in an apartment or unit, a homestead or station, it may be better to have the parcel sent to the nearest post office for collection.

Parcel Collect, which requires a signature and identification, provides a more reliable and earlier delivery.

 

One to two business day delivery by Express Post is usual for the following postcode areas:

0800 – 0820, 0830 – 0838, 0870

Abortion Darwin, NT - Map

These postcodes cover the following regions:

  •  Darwin
  •  Casuarina
  •  Millner
  •  Moil
  •  Nightcliffe
  •  Tiwi
  •  Karama
  •  Leanyer
  •  Marrara
  •  Fannie Bay
  •  Larrakeyah
  •  Parap
  •  Stuart Park
  •  Winnellie
  •  Farrar
  •  Palmerston
  •  Bakewell
  •  Rosebury
  •  Coolalinga
  •  Howard Springs
  •  Humpty Doo
  •  Berry Springs
  •  Alice Springs

 

Express Post may take an additional 24 hours to:

  •  Katherine 0850
  •  Pine Creek 0847

 

Abortion Law Reform: What’s new?

The Northern Territory Parliament passed a law decriminalising abortion and legalising the medical termination of pregnancy on 21 March 2017. Changes under the new law were legalisation of drugs for abortion for up to nine weeks gestation, medical and surgical terminations could be performed outside of hospital, safe access zones would be established around hospitals and clinics and abortion would be decriminalised.

This bill took four and a half years of public advocacy to be passed and there were several reasons for its success in 2017. The first was overwhelming public support for equity in health care and a strong community campaign.

The second reason was that 50% of the members of the 13th Legislative Assembly were women. No state or federal parliament in Australia at this time has this level of female representation. Women are better placed to understand women’s health needs and women in the NT were lacking this representation until gender parity in the lower house of parliament in 2016.

The Bill is still awaiting assent - that is, it has been passed by Parliament but not yet assented to by John Hardy, the Administrator of the Northern Territory. The granting of assent is a formal process that will not involve any further amendments to the Bill, but the timing is unpredictable. Until assent is given, the new Bill does not come into effect and the old section 11 of the Medical Services Act is still law.

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