Women’s clinic hopes

Dr Nichola Wood, Ashley Grigsby, of Cooloongup, and Jami Burke, of Port Kennedy. Picture: Elle Borgward d400666
Dr Nichola Wood, Ashley Grigsby, of Cooloongup, and Jami Burke, of Port Kennedy. Picture: Elle Borgward d400666

Earlier this month, the clinic opened to the public to encourage women to have regular pap smears and sexual health checks.

The clinic was established by local doctors Edward Bouverie and Nichola Wood.

Mrs Nielsen said the number of positive STI tests was concerning local GPs and women need to be more aware of the possible health risks.

‘STIs can cause a wide range of health problems, from mid irritations to more serious illnesses,’ she said

In 2010, there were nearly 1000 positive chlamydia tests in Rockingham and Kwinana, according to the WA review of modifiable diseases 2011.

Only 44 percent of local women between the ages of 18 and 69 had a pap smear, which is the leading measure for detecting cervical cancer.

Mrs Nielsen said the clinic was ideal for women who felt embarrassed to see their GP about STIs and more comfortable with a female nurse.

‘The clinic caters for women of all ages and bulk bills,’ she said.

The clinic has a professional team of doctors, registered midwifes, sexual health nurses, a lactation and postnatal care consultant, and a midwife.

To make an appointment, call 9592 2010 or book an appointment online by visiting www.woodbridgewomensclinic.com.au. The clinic, at 35 Elanora Drive, Cooloongup and is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.