In the 1920s, Marie Stopes helped to establish the United Kingdom’s first family planning clinic – giving married women for the first time access to tried and tested methods of birth control.
Some 55 years later, in 1976, Dr Tim Black and his wife Jean took over the London clinic, and took Marie Stopes international, developing a global partnership spanning 37 countries that, just 40 years later, has provided over 100 million women and men with life-changing access to family planning, sexual and reproductive health services and education.
Marie Stopes Australia was established in 2000 and continues to embody the principles upon which we were founded: that everyone deserves choice around the number and spacing of their children. In line with this commitment, Marie Stopes began offering vasectomies to Australian men in 2002.
Marie Stopes Australia isn't just the leading name in reproductive healthcare in Australia; we are also the only national vasectomy provider in the country. We are committed to providing specialised, non-judgmental, fully accredited vasectomy services across Australia. We pride ourselves on putting our patients first, ensuring that every vasectomy we perform, and each of our clinics meets the highest standard.
Giving Australians a choice
At Marie Stopes we believe that reproductive health is about choice. Providing vasectomies means giving men a choice about how many children they have. It means giving men the choice to take responsibility for contraception in their relationship. It means giving couples a choice when it comes to permanent contraception. Choice provided through a relatively non-invasive and simple procedure.
We understand that access to reproductive services can be limited by people's financial circumstances, and the upfront costs associated with elective surgery, which is why we have worked to ensure that almost all our clinics are licensed for private health claiming purposes - one of the few vasectomy providers in the country with clinics that can accept private health insurance.
Our commitment to quality
As Australia's largest vasectomy provider we are committed to ensuring that our vasectomy facilities, nurses, and doctors all meet the highest possible standards of clinical care. To this end we are regularly assessed by the National Medical Advisory Committee: an independent group of relevant medical specialists. They help us make sure that our clinical procedures, processes and protocols meet and exceed the standards they set. Our unwavering commitment to quality was recently recognised by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, who awarded us 7 Met with Merit ratings.
Marie Stopes Australia also has a content review and quality process, ensuring the medical information we provide to the public is both accurate and up-to-date.
Our commitment to improving access
Proceeds from our clinics are donate to initiatives that support improving access in developing countries like Cambodia and Timor Leste. These countries have limited access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services and education.
In Australia, our philanthropic fund helps Australian women who may not be able to afford or physically access services. We provide funding so they can get the services they need, to take control of their reproductive health. If you’d like to learn more about our charitable work in Australia, or to donate, please follow the links below.