Mo­bile health clinic vis­its Dar­ling Downs

Free ser­vice for re­gion’s women

Chinchilla News - - LIFE -

A FREE mo­bile women’s health clinic will visit towns in the Western Downs next month.

The Dar­ling Downs Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice mo­bile women’s health clinic will of­fer ser­vices in­clud­ing cer­vi­cal screen­ing tests, breast aware­ness, sex­ual health test­ing, and ad­vice for is­sues such as con­ti­nence, menopause, con­tra­cep­tion and gen­eral well-be­ing.

The ser­vice is free, con­fi­den­tial and avail­able for all women.

Mo­bile women’s health nurse Bar­bara Milne said it was im­por­tant for women to pri­ori­tise their health and make time for reg­u­lar check-ups and tests, such as the new cer­vi­cal screen­ing test.

“Reg­u­lar cer­vi­cal screen­ing tests are the best pro­tec­tion against cer­vi­cal cancer,” she said.

“This test re­placed the pap smear test from De­cem­ber 1, 2017; is a sim­ple pro­ce­dure to check the health of the cervix, is more ac­cu­rate and needs to be done less of­ten,” she said.

“The test looks and feels the same as the pap test, but tests for the hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus, known as HPV.

“A woman’s first cer­vi­cal screen­ing test is due two years af­ter her last pap test and, af­ter that, if re­sults are nor­mal, women only need to have the test ev­ery five years.”

All women over the age 25 should start hav­ing cer­vi­cal screen­ing tests as part of the na­tional cer­vi­cal screen­ing pro­gram. Reg­u­lar cer­vi­cal screen­ing tests are the best pro­tec­tion against cer­vi­cal cancer.


FREE CLIN­ICS: Women’s health clin­ics are be­ing held around the re­gion.


Nurse Bar­bara Milne.

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