An innovative app aimed at educating young women about their contraceptive options will be launched in Tasmania next month.
The My Choice app has been developed by Family Planning Tasmania in an effort to reduce the rates of unplanned teen pregnancy.
With features including sexual health information, contraceptive choices and reminders, as well as a period and mood calendar, chief executive Cedric Manen said the app would provide a new platform for FPT to reach young women.
“As far as I’m aware, the app is the first of its kind to be used by a family planning agency nationwide,” he said.
“It is really innovative and it will give young women the information they need at their fingertips, when they need it.
“We have created the app so that the information can be digested in a way that is in line with how young people are already accessing information. It’s somewhat of a self-help kiosk.”
The app was developed as one of five key activities for FPT’s LARC4U project.
Delivered last year, the project worked to increase the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception by young women on the state’s North-West.
With feedback from Don College students used to inform the app’s content and design, Mr Manen said he hoped it would help FPT continue to share key sexual health messages.
“We are making real progress, but we need to make sure the information being received is from an informed perspective,” he said.
“Information for how to access support services is also really important. This is about giving young women information and the opportunity to explore their options.”
- The My Choice app will be launched statewide on February 14. For more information visit www.fpt.asn.au.