Increasing young citizens’ reproductive agency in Australia

Chief Investigator

Associate Professor Kristina Edvardsson

Academic Institution

Judith Lumley Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery – La Trobe University

Date of Endorsement



Worldwide, about half of all pregnancies are unintended, and a majority of these end in induced abortion. In Australia, about 45% of all pregnancies are unintended, in women <24 years 81%.

In Australia, the cost for unintended pregnancy (UP) exceeds $7B annually, and over a lifetime, one in four women will experience an abortion. My research program addresses this critical issue and will focus on young citizens 15 to 24 years, the age groups most critical in terms of S&R H education and awareness.

I will lead a program that develops and evaluates Australia’s first-ever multidisciplinary, sensitively co-designed, and scalable digital intervention to increase young citizens’ reproductive agency. My research program addresses national and international health priorities and will provide evidence that can transform S&R H education and awareness and provide a template for national and international scale-up to benefit the broader population.


To increase young citizens (15-24y) contraceptive knowledge, use, and reproductive agency in Australia.


Advancing the understanding of S&R H risk factors, outcomes, and trends in Australia.


  1. Investigate factors influencing young Australians’ reproductive agency (2024-2026)
  2. Explore pregnancy options for young women in rural areas who experience an unintended pregnancy (2024-27)
  3. Examine trends in S&R H risk factors and outcomes (2024-28)


Empowering young citizens’ reproductive agency


  1. Develop and test a co-designed gender-inclusive interactive digital educational intervention to increase young citizens contraceptive knowledge, use, and reproductive agency. (2024-28)