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Lister House Medical Centre - Women's Health
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WOMEN'S HEALTH




We have several doctors on staff who are interested in Women's Health and the specific needs of all women at different times in their lives.   Please ask our receptionists if you are enquiring about an appointment for specific Women's Health issues.





Obstetrics

Dr Glen Russell and Dr Mohan Kulatunga have obstetric qualifications and are available for obstetric care for mothers.  Please discuss with receptionists if you are seeking fertility, pregnancy/family planning or maternity care to arrange an appropriate appointment.

Pap Smears

It is recommended that all women commence routine pap smears 2 years after first commencing sexual activity or at 18 years of age.  Which ever is the latter.  

We are aware that sometimes it is difficult to consult your regular Doctor for routine pap smears.   For this reason Jo Burchett, one of our nurses, who is a credentialed pap smear provider and has post graduate qualifications in Sexual and Reproductive Health, is available to provide pap smears and discuss women's health issues.

If you wish to book in with Jo please be aware that there is no medicare rebate for nursing services so you shall be out of pocket $30. 

The appiontment with Jo is for only a Pap Smear  other health concerns you would still need to consult your regular doctor.

Please advise the receptionist on booking your appointment if you wish to take the opportunity to book with Jo rather than a GP.


Please click on the links below for more information on Pap Smears :

Pap Screen Victoria: http://www.papscreen.org.au/

The National Cervical Screening Program: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/content/papsmear

Jean Hailes For Women: http://www.jeanhailes.org.au/

Breast Care

It is  important for women to be aware of  how to examine their own breasts and to seek advice if any anomalies are found.   Please ask your GP to advise you how to perform Breast Self Examination. 






It is also important to be aware of you risk factors for Breast Cancer. 

Risk Factors include:

- Being over 50 years of age.

- Having previously had breast cancer.

-Women with a mother, daughter or sister with breast cancer.

-Having dense breasts.

-Being overweight.

-Smoking.

-Drinking alcohol.

BREAST SCREEN is the nationally funded preventative health screening program for breast cancer.   Invitations are sent to all Australian Women in their 51st year.  Other women may request a screen from age 45 but shall not be put on a recall until aged 50.  In Shepparton Breast Screen is carried out at Goulbourn Valley Imaging, Nixon Street.  If you wish to make an appointment please ring. 132050.              


Please click on the following  links below for further information concerning Breast Health.

Breast Screen http://www.breastscreen.org.au/Home

Breast Conditions other than Breast Cancer http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Breast_conditions_other_than_breast_cancer?open

Looking after your breasts: http://jeanhailes.org.au/magazine/2012-magazine-vol-1/2-looking-after-your-breasts

Breast Health- Jean Hailes Foundation: http://www.healthforwomen.org.au/health-issues/35-breast-health

What causes Breast Cancer:  Cancer Australia:  http://canceraustralia.gov.au/affected-cancer/cancer-types/breast-cancer/awareness/breast-changes/what-causes-breast-changes

Menopause



Signs and symptoms of menopause vary greatly between women.  It is advisable to maintain good health during all stages of your life by : getting adequate exercise, eating a healthy, well balanced diet, getting enough rest and drinking adequate amounts of water.
Do not always assume that changes in health are due to menopause. It is recommended that as you enter your 40's you attend at least an annual health check to assess all aspects of your health.  



For more information concerning Menopause please click on the links below:

Jean Hailes Managing Menopause: http://www.managingmenopause.org.au/


Better Health Channel: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Menopause


Australasian Menopause Society: http://www.menopause.org.au/