Breaking news! 🔊🔉 It’s just been announced by the Gold Coast Government that a brand new clinic will be opening for women affected with pain following pelvic mesh insertion.
The pelvic mesh was used to manage pelvic weakness, sometimes as a result of child birth. It has been under the watchful eye of many following claims of pain after insertion which has led to a state enquiry and a class action with an eventual ban. $3 million a year will be injected into a new clinic at the Gold Coast University Hospital with an integrative care approach consisting of specialist doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and psychologists.
The clinic is expected to open mid next year and will serve the state.
This is extremely exciting news for women who have been suffering pelvic pain following mesh surgery.
If you or a loved one is affected or wish for more information please pop by and see me in clinic.
$4.7 million on Endometriosis?…What’s that? 🤔 Well let me explain.
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 Australian women and it is when the cells similar to those in the womb grow in other parts of the body. This can lead to a number of debilitating symptoms such as pelvic pain, painful irregular periods, bowel problems, exhaustion and mental health problems just to name a few.
And here’s the great news! 👏🎉 A National Action Plan for Endometriosis has just been launched in Australia. The government will be putting $4.7 million towards researching better treatment, raising more awareness and understanding over the next 5 years.
The National Action Plan will come as a great relief to a lot of women as Endometriosis is currently under-diagnosed and it will allow patients to access better diagnosis and treatment pathways.
I’m looking forward to being part of this movement.
If you have any questions or are concerned about these symptoms please pop by and see me in clinic.
This evening I attended an informative women’s health update event held by Pindara Private Hospital.
In case you didn’t know, the cervical screening program has changed and it’s now offered to those aged 25-74 every 5 years. You will be due your first test aged 25 or 2 years after your last PAP smear. And of course if you have any symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, pain or discharge seek medical advice sooner.
Medicine is always changing and it’s vital as a General Practitioner to keep up to date to give you the best possible treatment.
We covered other topics such as breast disease including lumps and skin changes, the new guidelines around polycystic ovarian syndrome and the controversial vaginal mesh.
I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you very soon.
If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to pop by and see me in clinic.