Contraception in Adolescence

Dr Linda Calabresi

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Dr Linda Calabresi

GP; Medical Editor, Healthed

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This week’s expert:
Dr Kathy McNamee, Medical Director, Family Planning Victoria; Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University

Drawn from Dr Terri Foran’s interview with Dr Kathy McNamee on the Healthed Podcast, ‘Women and Children’s Health Update

Specific issues of importance in consultations about contraception with an adolescent:

– Confidentiality – adolescent patients need to know they are entitled to confidentiality and the circumstances where that might not apply eg mandatory reporting. They need to know they are entitled to their own Medicare card from age 15 (can also stay on their parents’ Medicare card as well). From age 14, parents/guardians cannot access the adolescent’s medical records unless the patient gives consent.

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