Family Planning | Sustainable Population Australia

An independent not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect the environment and our quality of life by ending population growth in Australia and globally, while rejecting racism and coercive population control. SPA is an environmental advocacy organisation, not a political party.

Family Planning

SPA Launches Stop at 2 Campaign

 

No matter where we live in the world, the decisions we all make about our family size makes a huge difference

Having children is a significant life event that has impacts, both positive and not so positive.  Our position in society, sense of belonging, and how we are judged by others is often affected by whether or not we are parents or have a traditional family.  Whilst parenting can often bring great joy, it can often bring many difficulties, including financial stress and major lifestyle changes.  Then there are environmental considerations, such as the impact of more feet on the planet and the concerns in bringing up a child into world facing many environmental and societal issues.

Did you know that in Australia, the decision to have one less child makes a much larger difference in terms of carbon offset that any individual changes in consumption or lifestyle choices?

This is not only the case in Australia with our high per capita consumption.  According to Project Drawdown, educated and empowered women with access to family planning have smaller families on average.  This not only has the largest impact in reducing climate change of all the measures assessed by Project Drawdown, but is also a moral issue. It affects gender equality, fairness, and mitigating the pain of millions of unwanted pregnancies globally every year.

That means family size choices are critical, no matter where you live on planet earth.

This is why SPA has launched our new ‘Stop at 2’ Campaignto encourage smaller families.   We wanted to find out firsthand the human experience around deciding whether or not to have children and the tough choices almost all of us will need to grapple with one day.

In our video Talking Heads: Choosing to have Children….or not we interviewed six Australians from very different backgrounds and walks of life.  They bravely share their experiences to the camera around whether or not to have a family after considering host of factors including their careers, activism and the state of the world.

In Tough Crowd – Jude Perl meets the Baronesses, comedian Jude Perl interviews three proud child free women “The Baronesses”  who started a social and advocacy group to celebrate and normalise women who choose to be child free.  They share both humorous anecdotes and challenges in regards to reactions from friends and family as they debunk the myths and assumption from wider society.

Speaking of comedian Jude Perl, she was interviewed by famous comedian Rod Quantock on her own experiences of being child free on SPA’s very first episode of Tough Crowd.  Jude shared with Rod her reasons not to have children (both personal and environmental),  her experiences of including her child free experiences in her stand up shows,  and she concludes with a performance of her self-written child free anthem “Let’s Hang Out.”

Of course, SPA understands that a change in attitudes towards smaller families needs to happen on a global scale.   In a recent interview with the ambassador of Costa Rica, he shares how his country achieved a non-coercive, inclusive family planning program that has a seen a reduction in fertility since the 60s and a more stable, happier population as a result.

On February 25, SPA will be supporting the launch of the film 8 Billion Angels for Melbourne’s Transition Festival.  This film, made by the team at Earth Overshoot, details the scale of impact that humans are having on the globe and presents empowerment of women and access to family planning as a solution.  They interview local family planning advocates in India as a case example.  Our communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.  More details on the screening can be found here.

SPA is pleased to share that our international colleagues are also working on population and family planning campaigns.  For example, World Population Balance in the USA are Crowdfunding for a billboard campaign (link here).   ScientistWarning.Org are generating interest for a United National Framework convention on population growth (link here).  Although SPA cannot always share the exact same position or focus of our international colleagues, we applaud the initiatives being taken all around the world and invite individuals to visit these links to decide whether you would like to get involved.

We will conclude by screening our videos across several capital cities later this year along side a feature length documentary on small families.  Watch this space.

February 5 2020

VicTas Branch AGM - “The need for accessible family planning”

Sustainable Population Australia

(Victorian and Tasmanian branch)
Annual General Meeting

 

Saturday October 5th 2019 at 2.00 pm

Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

NOMINATIONS for COMMITTEE POSITIONS:

Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee position, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or committee member

To nominate, please email before 27th September to victas@population.org.au

or write to: RETURNING OFFICER, SUSTAINABLE POPULATION AUSTRALIA, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, P.O.BOX  556 Hawthorn 3122 to arrive before Friday September 27th

 

Following formal proceedings, our guest speaker will be S.P.A. member:

Dr. Graeme Dennerstein on the topic

“The need for accessible family planning”

 

Dr. Graeme Dennerstein, a member of SPA for almost 10 years graduated in medicine in 1961 from the University of Melbourne, qualified as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist in 1968 and continues to work in this specialty. He has researched and published on many aspects of his specialty.  His interest in family planning started shortly after he qualified as a specialist with his appointment as the foundation Director of Victoria’s second teaching hospital family planning clinic (Footscray Hospital). Other appointments included medical secretary of Family Planning Victoria. Graeme completed service in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve Medical Branch as the Consultant Gynaecologist to the Director-General of Air Force Health Service. Holding a pilot licence has enabled him to provide a specialist outreach service for rural hospitals and work in aviation medicine.

Last year he donated his services as a pilot to SPA when he flew photographer Tanya Fry over Melbourne producing some spectacular images of Melbourne’s ever widening spread (images can be seen on the SPA website www.population.org.au).

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Free parking is available near the venue.

Please join us for afternoon tea following the seminar!

 

 

October 3 2019

President Message - urgent action to reduce population numbers in order to prevent a potential future disaster.

If you saw a child about to run into the path of a moving vehicle you would at least scream out a warning, or if close enough drag the child back. You wouldn’t stop to think ‘Have I the right?’ or ask permission first from the parents before intervening.

December 2 2018

Teaching students about overshoot

What happens when a professor teaches students about over-population? Chris Bystroff, interviewed on the Overpopulation Podcast has observed they go through the stages of grieving: Denial, Bargaining, Anger, etc. Eventually most reach Acceptance but the startling fact is that most have never even heard of the issue.

Population has almost completely fallen off the radar - or at least in the US. In Australia at least, it's re-emerging with thanks to groups such as SPA.

April 30 2018

High population growth rates in the Pacific suggest need for family planning

A public seminar in Canberra tomorrow afternoon will address the stresses caused by high population growth rates in various Pacific island states.

Dr James Ward, national president of Sustainable Population Australia, which is organising the seminar, says population growth in many of Australia’s Pacific neighbours is outstripping the capacity of these nations to provide for the basic needs of their people, not least in education and health.

April 13 2018

PUBLIC SEMINAR - “Population pressures in the Pacific”

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT
1.30 to 5pm Saturday 14 April 2018

Speakers – first session:
Dr Chris McMurray - 'Population Pressure in the Pacific: not just a matter of numbers'
Since 1982 Chris McMurray has held various teaching and visiting appointments in ANU's School of Demography. From 1998 until 2002 she Headed the Demography Program at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, and since then has been a free-lance consultant working on Pacific population and socio-economic development.

Dr Bryant Allen – ‘Population growth and sustainable food production in PNG’
Bryant Allen is an Honorary Associate Professor in the department of Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Among his main research interests are food security and shifting cultivation systems in Papua New Guinea. He continues to visit Papua New Guinea and in 2016 spent five weeks in the East Sepik village he first lived in for 15 months in 1971 and 1972.

Ms Rarawa Amberoti – ‘How climate change will affect Kiribati’
Rarawa Amberoti is from Kiribati and studying for a Master of Climate Change at ANU.

Afternoon tea: 3 – 3.30pm

Speakers – second session
Senator Claire Moore – ‘Population Pressures in the Pacific’

Claire Moore is Labor Senator for Queensland. In July 2016, she was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific. She is active on a number of Parliamentary committees.

Dr Joanne Epp – ‘Population, Family Planning and Potential’
Joanne Epp is a senior health economist with extensive international experience in economics, research and policy analysis including work at the World Bank, UNFPA, NSW Treasury, KPMG, and the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy.   She has been a Women's Plans Foundation Trustee and Board Member since 2013. 
Panel of all speakers

Seminar organised by Sustainable Population Australia to mark its 30th birthday.

April 12 2018

Give all adolescent girls sex education and information about contraception

Media release for International Day of the Girl Child (October 11)

Adolescent girls everywhere should have age appropriate sex education and ready access to contraception should they need it.

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and the 2014 theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), an unwanted pregnancy is a form of violence against an adolescent girl.

October 10 2014

Sexual and reproductive health and rights must be prioritized in South Asia

Parliamentarians from South Asia committed yesterday to prioritize people’s health and welfare through meeting their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs, particularly those of women and young people.
Meeting in Bangkok, MPs discussed ways to reduce the unacceptably high maternal mortality rate in South Asian countries and how to tackle problems relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal having the highest birth rates among adolescents.

August 22 2013

Bindi Irwin has world on her mind

"WILDLIFE Warrior Bindi Irwin is all grown up and ready to rumble.
The late Croc Hunter's blossoming daughter turns 15 this week and is ready to swap singing and dancing for serious debate. And one of the issues closest to her heart is family planning and birth control to curb overpopulation of the planet."
Writes Kathleen Donaghey of the Sunday Mail (Qld).

July 22 2013

End child marriage now!

On October 11, the United Nations Day of the Girl, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) joins the international community in calling for an end to child marriage.

National President of SPA, Sandra Kanck, says child marriage violates a girl's right to self-determination, robs them of their childhood, and often condemns them to a life of poor health.

Ten million girls every year, 25,000 girls a day, become child brides. They are significantly more likely to die in childbirth, be physically abused and be infected with HIV.

October 10 2012

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