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Women’s reproductive choices in Australia: mapping federal and state/territory policy instruments governing choice

Graham, Melissa, McKenzie, Hayley, Lamaro, Greer and Klein, Ruth 2016, Women’s reproductive choices in Australia: mapping federal and state/territory policy instruments governing choice, Gender issues, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 335-349, doi: 10.1007/s12147-016-9159-4.

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Title Women’s reproductive choices in Australia: mapping federal and state/territory policy instruments governing choice
Author(s) Graham, MelissaORCID iD for Graham, Melissa orcid.org/0000-0002-0927-0002
McKenzie, HayleyORCID iD for McKenzie, Hayley orcid.org/0000-0002-9871-3740
Lamaro, Greer
Klein, Ruth
Journal name Gender issues
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 335
End page 349
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 1098-092X
1936-4717
Keyword(s) Australia
social policy
women
reproductive choices
policy mapping
Summary The reproductive choices available to women, and the consequences of those choices, exist within the broader policy context whereby policy is influenced by pervasive ideologies of women’s roles in society and the family. Women’s reproductive rights and their resulting consequences are governed by policy at the federal and state/territory levels within Australia yet little is known about the number or scope of these policies. This study aimed to systematically search and map Australian policy to identify the number and scope of policies governing women’s reproductive choices and their consequences, including how policy interprets the role of women in society through their reproductive choices. The systematic search identified 147 Australian policies in 2013. The mapping of the policies identified common themes that drive policy agenda impacting women’s reproductive choices, including those where the focus is promoting motherhood and/or children, providing economic incentives, regulating reproduction, or a broader health focus. These policy agendas simultaneously construct and are shaped by the context in which women’s reproductive choices and impacts occur. Women’s reproductive choices are highly politicised and regulated, impacting women’s position within society.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12147-016-9159-4
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083408

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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