ACCORd (The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject)

Unintended pregnancies are a significant public health problem in Australia and elsewhere. There is widespread evidence that the increased use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), such as intrauterine devices and hormonal implants, has the potential to reduce unintended pregnancy; and clinical practice guidelines and statements by peak bodies in Australia and internationally advocate the increase use of LARCs. However, the use of LARCS in Australia is very low.

ACCORd (The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject) aims to increase the uptake of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) amongst Australian women by trialling a complex intervention that involves:

  • training GPs to provide ‘LARC First’ structured contraceptive counselling, and
  • implementing rapid referral pathways to LARC insertion

Funded by the NHMRC, ACCORd is being conducted at the Department of General Practice (DGP), Monash University. The research team includes national and international experts and is led by Professor Danielle Mazza (Director of the DGP, Monash University).

ACCORd is an Australian adaption of the successful US Contraceptive CHOICE study