Improving the provision of preconception care in Australian general practice through task-sharing with practice nurses

Aust J Prim Health. 2023 Jul;29(3):217-221. doi: 10.1071/PY22161.


Preconception care (PCC) is effective in reducing modifiable risk factors and optimising maternal health. Primary care services such as general practices in Australia are an appropriate setting to provide PCC. However, PCC is not routinely provided in most of these settings, and many reproductive-aged women and men are not aware of the need for PCC. In this forum article, we discuss the factors that hinder PCC provision in Australian general practices and make recommendations on how access to PCC services can be broadened in Australia, including the potential opportunity for general practice nurses to contribute to the provision of PCC.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Australia
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • General Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nurses*
  • Preconception Care
  • Pregnancy