Mobile health clinic visits Darling Downs
Free service for region’s women
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.