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Consultation open for safe access zones

17 April 2019

Western Australians are encouraged to provide feedback on a discussion paper entitled ‘Safe access zones – Proposal for reform in Western Australia’. It explores the value of introducing safe access zones and assesses how an appropriate legislative framework might operate in Western Australia.

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Consultation is now open on the introduction of safe access zones in Western Australia to inform the development of the proposed legislative reform by Friday 31 May 2019.

Since abortion was legalised in Western Australia, there have been ongoing instances of individuals being approached by protestors when attempting to access abortion services. These protests can cause anxiety and distress for patients as well as staff working at the abortion service clinics.

The public consultation is designed to seek feedback on how best to protect patients from harassment and intimidation when accessing these services. It is not the purpose to review or debate the arguments for or against abortion in Western Australia.

Your input is crucial as it will support the development of the reform, and assist in identifying issues of concern.

Read the Discussion Paper: Safe access zones - Proposal for reform in Western Australia (PDF 585KB) / (Word 684KB) 

You can provide feedback through the following options:

  1. Online survey (external site)
  2. Email: safeaccesszones@health.wa.gov.au
  3. Post: Office of the Chief Health Officer, Department of Health, PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre WA 6849