Enhancing people's knowledge of contraception can improve access to their preferred contraceptive methods and increase the likelihood these will be used consistently and correctly. However, women in Australia experience structural (e.g. financial and geographical), personal (e.g. poor knowledge and poor self-efficacy) and provider-related (e.g. provider biases) barriers to accessing comprehensive contraceptive counselling. Consequently they report feeling frustrated by their lack of knowledge of all contraceptive options, and limitations on their free and informed contraceptive choice.
To ameliorate barriers to accessing contraceptive counselling we could expand the role of community pharmacists, who are highly accessible healthcare providers with existing relationships with the community.
With current evidence it is difficult to assess whether the provision of pharmacy-based contraceptive counselling could be feasible, acceptable and effective. Therefore, the objective of my PhD is to examine the potential feasibility and utility of a contraception decision aid to facilitate the provision of, and improve access to, comprehensive contraceptive counselling from pharmacies.