Ser­vice pro­motes women’s well­ness

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

WOMEN’S health was on the agenda when the South West Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice vis­ited Man­jimup to pro­mote cer­vi­cal screen­ing last week.

The clinic on wheels pro­vided free on-site cer­vi­cal screen­ing and in­for­ma­tion on breast checks and other women’s health is­sues.

SWAMS health pro­mo­tion and project of­fi­cer Ni­cole Bowser said the ser­vices were aimed at Abo­rig­i­nal women but all women were wel­come.

Reg­is­tered nurse Shanelle Hawea said most women who got cer­vi­cal cancer had not been reg­u­larly screened or had never been screened.

“Pap smears are quick and sim­ple and are the best pro­tec­tion against cer­vi­cal cancer for all women aged be­tween 18 and 69,” she said. As part of the day, SWAMS also ran self-pam­per­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as nail art and mind­ful colour­ing.

Women who at­tended also had the chance to win a prize.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for women to get to­gether and talk about women’s health in gen­eral,” Ms Bowser said.

The well­ness event was one of six in the re­gion.

Pic­ture Ce­cilia Allen

At­tendee Michelle Bartlett, South West Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice nurse prac­ti­tioner Jemima Hig­gins and reg­is­tered nurse Shanelle Hawea are en­cour­ag­ing women to get reg­u­lar pap smears to pro­tect against cer­vi­cal cancer by vis­it­ing towns through­out May with a clinic on wheels.

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