Women’s health: get the facts you need
Women’s Health Week starts on 4 September and community health nurses at Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) are encouraging women of all ages to grow their knowledge to help make informed decisions about their health.
MDHS Community Health Nurse Nicole Powers said Women’s Health Week is a chance for women to learn more about their health and make some positive changes that can help them feel better.
“We all lead busy lives and women often don’t put themselves first,” said Ms Nicole Powers.
“This is a great time to learn about what local services are here to support you and how you can find the information you need to take care of your health.”
Maryborough District Health Service runs a dedicated Well Women’s Clinic in Maryborough, Avoca and Dunolly.
The clinics provide women with a place to have a comprehensive health check or gain confidential advice from a specialist female nurse.
“We’re here to support women make informed decisions about their health, with information that’s easy to understand,” said Ms Powers.
Women can receive preventative healthcare or advice about cervical screening, including self-collection, contraception and family planning advice, breast checks and advice on self-examination and support with all stages of menopause, including peri-menopause.
Women’s Health Week runs from Monday 4 September to Friday 8 September.
“We are urging women across the Central Goldfields to reach out and make an appointment for a health check,” said Ms Powers.
“It’s very important to keep your breast checks and cervical screening up-to-date.
“All women and people with a cervix aged between 25 and 74 years are encouraged to have a cervical screening test every five years.
“The self-collection method is a game changer. You can take your own sample with a swab and without a speculum, so it’s much less invasive,” she said.
The Well Women’s Clinic consultations and tests are free, and it’s easy to make a booking.
The MDHS team will be at Maryborough Parkrun on Saturday 9 September, giving members of the community the chance to find out more about the Well Women’s Clinic.
Where: Goldfields Reservoir, Maryborough-Ballarat Road, Maryborough
When: Saturday 9 September 8:00am-9:00am
Everyone’s welcome, whether you want to run, jog, walk or stroll.
For more information visit our webpage Well Women’s Clinic or call 03 5461 0333 and press 1 to make a booking.
Women’s Health Week 2023
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is running a nationwide campaign to help women grow their knowledge about their health and make informed health decisions.
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Daily topics will cover women’s health checks including cervical screening, how to cope with pain due to conditions such as endometriosis, hormonal health and nutrition inspiration.
Find out more at womenshealthweek.com.au.