Making health a priority
DARLING Downs Hospital and Health Service Mobile Women’s Health Service registered nurse Barbara Milne is encouraging all women to make their health a priority in 2016.
Ms Milne recommenced her free clinics across the Western Downs, Macintyre and Darling Downs regions this week and paid a visit to the Dalby Hospital on Thursday.
Ms Milne has been involved in women’s health since 1997 and has been travelling the roads of the Western Downs, Macintyre region and Darling Downs for 15 years.
The Mobile Women’s Health Service provides free, confidential health services to women.
“We are a completely funded service, therefore there are no fees for women to access our services, including pap smears,” MsMilne said. “Although I have scheduled clinics, I travel with my phone and can make visits as needed or provide advice over the phone.”
The services available include pap smears, breast self-awareness, menopause and hormone therapy information, family planning and contraception, sexual health screening and puberty information.
In addition to typical medical services, the clinics also provide information and support for both domestic and sexual abuse and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
The Mobile Women’s Health Service provides these services based on the belief that each woman is unique, has the right to be treated with respect and has the opportunity to be involved in decisions about her health care.
Ms Milne encouraged all women to be proactive about their health care and to take advantage of the free service.
“It is recommended that all women who have ever had sex should start having pap smears between the ages of 18 and 20 years, or two years after first having sex,” she said.
For issues that cannot be immediately treated or resolved, Ms Milne will also recommend for clients to see either a GP or relevant specialist for further information and testing.
Ms Milne’s next Dalby clinics will be run on Tuesday, February 9, and Monday, February 22, from 8.15am–2.30pm.
Ms Milne conducts clinics at the Dalby Hospital three times a month, and Goondiwindi and Chinchilla hospital twice a month.
For more information about the service or to make a booking, phone Barbara Milne on 46690517.