Family Planning New Zealand runs 30 permanent clinics which offer a range of sexual and reproductive health services, including contraceptive advice and prescriptions, insertion of contraceptive implants and intra uterine devices, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, pregnancy testing and advice, and cervical screening. Family Planning New Zealand provides early medical abortion at two of its clinics. An increasing number of services are offered via phone consultation and some, like our self-test STI service clients don’t need to see a clinician at all. We also provide clinical training and development courses for doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals.
We also run schools-based clinics, predominantly in high needs areas, and its health promoters operate out of 15 locations across the country. The health promoters work with schools, parents, and caregivers to lead courses on sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Since sexuality education became a compulsory component of the health curriculum in New Zealand schools in 2001, Family Planning has developed a range of curriculum aligned teaching resources and courses to support teachers and school staff to deliver effective SRH lessons.
Family Planning was awarded a government contract to provide the website, free phone number and nursing support for a national abortion telehealth service. Phase one of the service went live at the end of April 2022.
The organisation plays a key role in advocating at national and international level for legislative change to promote the right to control SRH as a fundamental human right. It is the secretariat for the New Zealand Parliamentarians Group on Population and Development, where the organisation’s expertise in delivering services to answer people’s SRH needs provides a practical grounding for policy improvements.