null Can young people be prescribed the contraceptive pill by a doctor without parents knowing?

Can young people be prescribed the contraceptive pill by a doctor without parents knowing?

A young woman is only able to see a doctor to obtain a prescription for the contraceptive pill if they have their own Medicare card. In WA this requires that they are 15 years or older. Without a personal Medicare card, the young person needs to ask their parent for the family card. 

If a person under the age of 18 is seen by a doctor they will likely encourage them to talk to their parents about going on the pill. However, although this is sound advice, it is not compulsory. The doctor cannot tell a parent about their daughter asking to go on the pill unless they have the patient's permission to do so. Doctors can only break such confidentiality if there is a very serious risk to the young woman's health or wellbeing or if there is a risk to someone else. 

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