Service promotes women’s wellness
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.
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.