If you're undecided about whether you want to continue or end a pregnancy, you can speak to someone who provides non-directive pregnancy options counselling.
This person can speak to you about all your options including abortion, parenting a child, adoption and kinship care. They will support and listen to your concerns without encouraging one option over another.
Pregnancy options counselling is non-judgemental, and confidential.
Pregnancy options counselling can be provided by psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, GPs and counsellors who are specially trained in this area.
There are pregnancy counselling services advertised online which may seem genuine, but are actually run by anti-choice groups who are against abortion.
1800 My Options can help you find a person who provides non-directive pregnancy options counseling.
Many pregnancy options counsellors provide a telehealth service which means you don't need to see them face to face. Instead you can speak to them either on the phone or via a video call.
To receive the Medicare rebate for pregnancy options counselling you will need to get a referral from a GP.
Rebates are available for up to three (3) sessions of non-directive pregnancy options counselling per person, per pregnancy.
It is available to people who are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last 12 months. GPs and health workers must be registered with Medicare Australia as having completed non-directive pregnancy options counselling training to offer this service.