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Women's Health

women's health

How long has it been since you had a health check? Do you only go to the doctor’s when something is wrong?

You should not wait until you are unwell to see your doctor.

Health Checks/Lifestyle Programs

Studies have proven that people can have healthier and longer lives if they stay on top of their health with routine checks.

Just like servicing your car to prevent it from breaking down, health checks for your body can help pre-empt health concerns and put in place preventative lifestyle habits.

If we help you to implement a healthy lifestyle that suits you and manage your risk factors and your health goals early, we can prevent up to 80% of cardiovascular diseases and 40% of cancers.

When you book in for a woman’s health check, we first assess your current health by taking a thorough history.

We pay particular attention to your past medical, gynaecological and obstetric conditions and family history such as breast or ovarian cancers, so we can best identify your potential risk factors for diseases.

We then perform relevant examinations such as blood pressure and weight measurements and request specific investigations which may include blood tests and ECG. Once we have evaluated your health status, in order to maintain or improve your general well-being, we provide updated information on lifestyle measures e.g. dietary and exercise programs, stress management, sleep hygiene.

"We want to empower women by maintaining a healthy ‘you’."

Cervical Screening Test

Most patients dread the visit to the doctors for a Pap Smear, but you would agree that a simple test done by a female doctor in a few minutes can give you peace of mind for years!

From December 2017, the Pap Smear program was replaced by Cervical Screening Test (CST) for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Repeat test is now recommended at a 5-year instead of 2-year interval.

The new test feels the same as a traditional Pap Smear. It is generally not painful, but just uncomfortable. Even if you have had HPV vaccinations before, it is still important for you to be screened for other types of HPV which the vaccinations may not protect you against.

"If HPV is detected on your test early, it is often manageable."

Please click the Book Now button or call 07 3341 7244 to make a booking for a ‘Cervical Screening Test’ with a female doctor.

"We also encourage you to book in for a breast examination before you present for a routine mammogram. "

The current guideline for free screening mammograms is every 2 years for all women between the age of 50-74 years.

Breast Examinations

Women commonly experience symptoms in their breasts.

Although most of our patients presenting with pain or a lump in the breasts do not have breast cancer, we understand that breast symptoms can make you very anxious.

That is why we encourage you to book in promptly for a consultation for peace of mind, because early detection of breast cancer is more likely to lead to successful treatment.

Women who are 40 to 49 years old or are over 74 years can elect to have free mammograms, although a reminder letter for repeat test from BreastScreen QLD will not be sent.

Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual disorders can present in the forms of pain, menstrual irregularity, excessive bleeding, or mood swings and bloating before periods.

While it may be considered ‘normal’ for all the female in your extended family to experience unpleasant periods, there could actually be some underlying medical conditions we can treat easily to improve your symptoms.

So we encourage you to come talk to us about the pattern of your menstrual cycle and find out the many options we can offer you.

"A very common problem we encounter in our female patients is menstrual disorder."

Please click the Book Now button or call 07 3341 7244 to make a booking to discuss your menstrual patterns.

"Menopause is often referred to as the ‘change of life’ but it does not have to change your quality of life."

Menopause is diagnosed 12 months from your last period. In Australia, it commonly occurs in females between 45-55 years of age.

Menopause

 

After menopause or even years leading up to it, you may experience unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, dry skin, dry vagina, loss of libido, mood swings or muscle pains.
 
But the good news is that you don’t have put up with them. And you don’t even have to wait until your symptoms are severe before seeking help.
 
As your GPs, we recommend women approaching the time of menopause to come in for a health check to be better informed and prepared for the important milestone in their lives.

When you book in for a consultation, we first address your concerns or menopausal symptoms. We also take this opportunity to perform a preventative health check to assess your general wellbeing, promote lifestyle changes and carry out relevant gynaecological examinations.

We then present you with comprehensive treatment options, including HRT (hormone replacement therapy), so you can make better health decisions to manage your symptoms.

Because we want to take time to listen to your concerns and address them thoroughly, so these visits may be lengthy and generally take more than one consultation to complete.

Pregnancy

Are you planning for a family?

Before you are ready to conceive, we highly recommend a pre-conception check-up for you in order to achieve a healthy outcome for your pregnancy.

We focus on your general well-being, perform relevant gynaecological examinations and tests, and provide vaccinations to prepare you for pregnancy.

Once you are pregnant, we are qualified to provide you with shared antenatal care with the local hospitals and we regularly monitor your progress.

After the baby is born, we schedule post-natal visits to address your physical needs such as breast-feeding and contraception. We are also well aware of your emotional needs as you try to balance the immense responsibility of a growing household and your own self-care.

That is why we encourage you to stay in regular contact with your Family GP as we walk this journey with you.

"One of our favourite things to do is to help you to plan and prepare for pregnancy as we know it is a very special time for you. "

If you are thinking of getting pregnant or require antenatal care, you can make a booking today by clicking the Book Now button or calling 07 3341 7244.

"We are with you through the process of finding the right option for you."

We review you regularly to monitor, manage, and make adjustments along the way to minimise side effects and enhance your lifestyle.

Contraception

There are many contraceptive options and choosing the right one for you is important to ensure you do not get pregnant.

Some of the factors which influence the doctor’s choice for your contraceptive needs include your medical conditions, sexual and obstetric histories, and cost.

We also take into consideration other benefits a particular contraception may offer, such as treating acne, reducing heavy menstrual bleeding, and minimal weight gain.

That is why when you come to talk to us about birth control, we take time for a thorough history and relevant examination and endeavour to involve you in the decision-making process.

That is why when you come to talk to us about birth control, we take time for a thorough history and relevant examination and endeavour to involve you in the decision-making process.

We also have doctors who are qualified to insert and remove the Implanon device.

Sexual Health & Sexual Dysfunctions

We provide you and your partner with counselling, diagnosis, testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases and as is our preventative medicine focus, we empower you with education and updated information to protect yourself against diseases.

And if it is a sexual dysfunction which prevents you from wanting or enjoying sexual intercourse with your partner, you do not need to suffer silently.

Some of the conditions women may experience include low libido and painful intercourse and we encourage you to speak to your Family Doctor about them.

When you present for a consultation, we conduct a comprehensive assessment of your past and present obstetric and sexual history, potential psychological and emotional factors, your relationship with your partner and family members, and your lifestyle.

We take time to formulate an individualised treatment plan for you and connect you with the right Specialist or Allied Health Professionals to explore different treatment options.

"We are trained to conduct these consultations in a considerate and non-judgmental manner "

We are experienced enough to know that discussing sexual health can be confronting to you.

Many women receive their information on sexual health from the internet, because talking to the doctors about this matter can be uncomfortable.

A simple visit to your Family Doctor can dispel all the myths and provide you with the information and strategies you are looking for in order to maintain or improve your sexual health.

Some examples of these strategies are lifestyle and dietary measures, as well as medications.

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 Get in quick! Our Flu Vaccines have now arrived.
Please contact reception on 3341 7244 to secure yours today.

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

You can now get your COVID-19 Vaccination for all eligible Phase 1b patients. These include:

– Those over 70

– Indigenous Australians over 55

– Other health care workers

– Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability

– Critical and high risk workers including defense, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

We currently have a wait list for those wanting the vaccine with the government advising 2a eligible patients should be able to receive theirs after the 17th May.

Please call reception on 07 3341 7244 if you would like to be added to the list.

Patients not eligible for phase 1b should be reassured that everyone will have their time to receive the vaccine. The government has announced they expect the next phase 2a should commence later in May. We will keep you updated on our website and facebook page.

For more information or if you have any questions about the Covid-19 vaccination please call

07 3341 7244

and our friendly reception staff will be happy to help.