June 2018 issue of the Sexual Health & HIV Policy eBulletin is out today
Date: 12 Jun 2018
Type: FSRH News and Information
The June issue covers the recent news on decriminalisation of abortion in the UK and a new set of documents soon to be launched by Public Health England (PHE), which provides a much-needed consensual definition of reproductive health, placing it firmly in the public health arena
Abortion law reform has been making headline news across the UK this month, and the June issue brings you all the relevant developments in this area. The Irish vote to repeal the 8th Amendment, the recent emergency debate in Parliament to consider repealing sections of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act in Northern Ireland and increasing calls for abortion across the UK to be regulated by professional standards rather than criminal law put mounting pressure on the Government to take action so that modern abortion laws apply equally across the UK.
This month’s eFeature also brings exciting news for the reproductive health sector. Dr Sue Mann, PHE’s Medical Expert on Sexual & Reproductive Health, Alison Hadley, PHE’s Teenage Pregnancy Advisor, and Monica Davison, PHE’s Senior Planning Manager, give us a snapshot of a new suite of documents on reproductive health to be launched by Public Health England (PHE) in the coming weeks.
The documents will provide a consensus on the scope and definition of reproductive health, a national overview of its current status and offer a clearer understanding of what women think about their reproductive health. This body of work will help set a shared agenda for action across Government and provide a starting point for commissioners, providers and policy makers to inform local planning and improve outcomes.
In this month’s issue also look out for: a recent Royal College of Nursing (RCN) report on the impact of funding and service changes on sexual and reproductive health; a new series of policy position statements from the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) setting out a life course approach to public health; and the updated British HIV Association (BHIVA) Standards of Care for people living with HIV.