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Abortion Services Design, Innovation and Workforce Training

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RFx ID : 24082760
Tender Name : Abortion Services Design, Innovation and Workforce Training
Reference # :
Open Date : Friday, 12 March 2021 4:30 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date  : Friday, 16 April 2021 4:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Tender Type : Registration of Interest (ROI)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 85000000 - Healthcare Services
Regions:
  • New Zealand
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : shaneel.nath@health.govt.nz
shaneel.nath@health.govt.nz
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :
Overview

This opportunity has been designed to address to problem of limited abortion service access in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This Registration of Interest (ROI) is an invitation to suitably qualified respondents to register an interest for the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) procurement to improve abortion service access and address inequity for Māori and other priority populations (including Pacific, and Disabled People) who are disproportionately impacted by current abortion service barriers.

The intention of the abortion legislation (2020) was to remove barriers to abortion service access and enable earlier access to abortion. We know earlier access provides patients more time to consider their options, more choice of abortion procedure and more opportunity to have their abortion at home, or closer to home, rather than being required to travel to a hospital-based specialist service. Earlier abortion (within the first trimester) may also be safer and have less of an impact on holistic health and well-being for many patients.

Whilst the legislation has removed some barriers to service access, we know that addressing inequity for Māori, as well as other priority populations, requires new ways of thinking, otherwise we risk further embedding systemic inequity.

Ministry data shows that Māori access abortion later than non-Māori, non-Pacific ethnicities. Whilst lack of services in regions with high Māori populations is a contributor, it is not the only cause of Māori inequity in abortion service access.
In order to be accessible abortion services must meet the needs of communities requiring, but currently unable to access, services. Rangatahi Māori are a core group that must be engaged to support us meet this goal, along with Pacific youth, and Disabled people.

In order for the full intent of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020 to be realised, there is the need to ensure there is an adequately trained workforce and accessible services that meet patient expectations across the entire abortion care patient journey.