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Family Planning and Natural Fertility Sign MOU

Family Planning New Zealand and Natural Fertility New Zealand have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two organisations work together in areas of common interest.

The two organisations have formalised a working relationship that will include staff training and information sharing.

FPA Executive Director, Dr Gill Greer, said it made sense for the two organisations to work together - particularly in the area of reproductive health education where both Family Planning and Natural Fertility have a key role to play.

"It's sensible to share resources where possible and collaborate on new information and research. Staff training opportunities will be explored too," Dr Greer said.

"Both organisations are working to ensure New Zealanders have the information they need to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health - and while the services we each offer differ - our collaboration on these issues can only benefit our clients,” Dr Greer said.

Natural Fertility Chief Executive, Judith Soper, said there were occasions when there was a cross-over of clients seeking fertility information - and the staff of the two organisations would continue to ensure clients were put in touch with the organisation that best suited their requirements.

"We know our education services are used by a range of New Zealanders, including couples in long-term relationships who are planning to start a family - or wanting to use natural fertility methods to manage the spacing of their children. For other reproductive health services and information, we refer people to FPA," Ms Soper said.

The memorandum of understanding was signed in Wellington last week by the FPA National Council President, Linda Penno and Natural Fertility President, Michael Baines. For more information about FPA and Natural Fertility New Zealand check out their websites - www.fpanz.org.nz or www.naturalfertility.co.nz

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