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Women’s health week . . . don’t wait until it’s too late! Come in for a women’s health check today

September 5-9 is #womenshealthweek. It’s important that our sistas & aunties make their health a priority. Do you have an ‘elephant in the room’ – a difficult topic to talk about when it comes to your health? Many women do! Concerned about something? Call us today and make an appointment with one of our Aboriginal Health Workers, nurses or doctors.

Women's health infographic 2016

Having regular health checks can help you stay healthy and screen for early warning signs of things like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Make your health your focus. Learn more & take action and make your health a priority & make some time to come in & see us.

It’s very important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a regular health check as they have poorer health than other Australian women.

We are more than ten times as likely as non-Indigenous women to have kidney disease, more than four times as likely to have diabetes or high sugar levels, and nearly twice as likely to have asthma.

The rate of cervical cancer is almost three times higher for us than non-Indigenous women and more Indigenous women die from it, yet it is one of the most preventable of all cancers.

Having regular health checks can help you stay healthy and screen for early warning signs of things like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

If you have high risk factors – like a family history of a disease, are overweight or smoke – you may be more likely to become sick.

So don’t wait until it’s too late, come in for a women’s health check today.

What are the health checks for women?

The check-up covers a range of tests and questions to keep an eye on your health, and to help find problems before they become serious. They include:

  • updating medical history, family history and allergies
  • taking blood pressure
  • testing urine
  • testing sugar levels in blood
  • measuring weight and height
  • checking eyesight
  • checking ears
  • providing contraceptive education
  • asking about social and emotional wellbeing
  • yarning about good foods, bad foods and exercise
  • giving information on how to improve health (e.g. quitting smoking).

Health checks for women may also include tests like a Pap smear (every two years), breast check and bone density check.