Abortion legislation: information for health practitioners

These pages are for health practitioners who provide, or are interested in providing, abortion care in Aotearoa. It gives information related to the abortion legislation changes, abortion reporting requirements, the Ministry work programme, and training and support for abortion practitioners.

Get information on abortion services in New Zealand on the Considering an abortion page.

You can find support on topics such as the data regulations and reporting on the Ministry of Health Learn Online platform. To access the webinars, you will be required to create a Learn Online log in – the process is quick and easy. The Ministry of Health has contracted a provider to develop nationally available training for abortion provision, including early medical and surgical aspiration abortion. Further details will be provided once this training is available.

Further support for abortion practitioners is available in the NZ Abortion Clinical Guideline.

In this section

  • On 24 March 2020 changes were made to the law to decriminalise abortion, better align the regulation of abortion services with other health services and modernise the legal framework for abortion services in New Zealand. Read more
  • The Ministry has a programme of work in place to deliver the transformation of abortion services led by the Regulatory Assurance team, within the Health System Improvement and Innovation directorat Read more
  • This page outlines what information the Ministry collects, what health practitioners need to report and the reporting process. Read more
  • Subscribe to the Abortion Services newsletter for the latest updates from the work programme. Read more
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