Family Planning New Zealand

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Family Planning New Zealand (formerly the Family Planning Association or FPA) began in 1936 to help women choose the size of their families and the spacing of their children. As the needs of New Zealanders have changed over generations, so have the services provided by Family Planning. Today services include offering contraceptive advice, cervical screening, pregnancy testing, advice and treatment for STIs and fertility and menopause support; as well as sexual and reproductive health education and health promotion services.

Family Planning also provides policy advice to a number of groups, professional development to medical professionals and others, and advocates for access to improved sexual and reproductive health services and related issues.

A range of resources and information on sexuality and sexual health are developed and distributed.

Family Planning’s mission is to promote a positive view of sexuality, informed choice and access to accurate information and quality sexual and reproductive health services.

What does it do?

Family Planning provides clinical and education services focused on sexual health and reproduction.

Our clinics provide the following services:

  • Contraception including hormonal, barrier – condoms, diaphragm fitting, intra uterine device fitting
  • Cervical smear screening
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for females and males
  • Assistance with menstrual problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Menopause
  • Pre-menstrual symptoms and management
  • Vasectomies

Our education teams provide the following services:

  • Workshops for parents/whanau of people with disabilities
  • Workshops on keeping teenagers sexually safe
  • Workshops for parents/schools on puberty
  • Developing resources for parents of young children and teenagers
  • Web shop of books and resources for parents to use with children and young people

We also have New Zealand’s only specialist sexual health and reproduction library which is available to members of the public. A researcher is available to assist with enquiries. The library is situated at their national office at 203-209 Willis Street, Wellington, and is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm. Material can be requested by emailing library@familyplanning.org.nz

Family Planning offers a range of resources about sexuality, relationships, contraception, sexual health and safer sex, aimed primarily at young people, parents, teachers and health educators. We produce and distribute videos, teaching materials and kits, pamphlets & teach pads, books, booklets, posters and other resources. Material can be purchased from the website www.familyplanning.org.nz or enquiries emailed to resource@familyplanning.org.nz

How is it funded?

Family Planning is funded through a mix of government funding for some national contracts, sponsorship support from some corporates, and donations from individual supporters.

How can I get their help?

Go to www.familyplanning.org.nz to find the clinic nearest you, for details of education courses and to access the web shop. Family Planning can also be contacted on 0800 INFO LINE (4636 5463).

How much does it cost?

New Zealand Residents

Under 22- Free

With Community Services Card- $5

Without Community Services Card- $23

Non New Zealand Residents

Standard Appointment $46

Short Appointment $36

Long Appointment $67

Link to the Family Planning New Zealand Website

www.familyplanning.org.nz

 

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