WA News Letters Notification of Induced Abortion
Notification of Induced Abortion
Written by Dr Revle Bangor-Jones
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Dear Editor,

What are my obligations under WA law?

Since 1998, legislation in WA has enabled doctors to perform induced abortions and terminations before 20 weeks gestation may be performed for any reason after counselling and informed consent. It is a statutory requirement that the doctor undertaking the procedure notifies the Chief Health Officer (previously termed the Executive Director, Public Health) within 14 days of the procedure.

Are there different rules for late abortions?

For pregnancies of a gestation of 20 weeks or more, the reason for the termination must be considered by a panel of doctors appointed by the Minister for Health, and the abortion must be approved by at least two members of the panel before the termination can proceed. These terminations can only occur at a facility approved for the purpose by the Minister for Health.

What about medical terminations?

Doctors who perform terminations using Mifepristone must ensure that the notification process is completed using the appropriate forms, which are submitted within 14 days of the abortion.

Where can I get more information?

The WA Department of Health publishes a triennial report which is available at http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Reports-and-publications

The notification process is explained at: http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Abortion-Notification-System

Notification forms can be downloaded under the tab ‘reference material’ and can be ordered by contacting 9222 2417; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr Revle Bangor-Jones, Medical Adviser, Office of the Chief Health Officer