Women’s Health & Wellbeing
Looking after you
Our clinics provide a range of health and wellbeing services and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
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.
Our Family Nurse Practitioner
Our service has a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner Donna who works across our medical clinics.
Donna is a Registered Nurse, Endorsed Midwife and Nurse Practitioner and can help with:
- women’s health checks (different to 715 health check)
- contraception including Implanon and Mirena IUD
- planning for a baby (pre-conception advice)
- pregnancy education and advice
- prenatal (pregnancy) and postnatal (after birth) screening and care
- newborn baby checks
- breastfeeding advice
- child health check ups
- sexual health screening
- immunisations for bubs, mums and partners.
Donna can also order pathology and radiology tests, prescribe some medications and arrange referrals to specialists.
Know the facts
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are around three times as likely to develop cervical cancer and almost 4 times as likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Indigenous women.
- Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Queensland.
- The most effective proven method of intervention to reduce the incidence of and deaths from invasive cervical cancer is through regular screening (cervical cancer screen test) and treatment.
- Most common cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
- Rates of screening (mammograms) are lower in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women compared to non-Indigenous women.
- Early detection of breast cancer enables life saving treatment.
- Breast screening now covers women aged 40-74.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Sexual health remains a significant public health issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
- Untreated, STIs can make a woman more vulnerable to other infections and lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
- Regular check ups are recommended.