South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) aims to work collaboratively with general practice and the other stakeholders to support women’s health through promotion of physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of women and enabling women to take more control over their own health care.
SWSPHN work with the local antenatal clinics to implement the Antenatal Shared Care program, which allows women the convenience of having their pregnancy managed in the community. Click here to see if you are eligible.
Other local services:
South Western Sydney LHD Women’s Health Service: The role of the Women's Health service is the provision of Well Women's Clinics targeting women who experience social disadvantage or who do not access mainstream health services. The services available include Pap test screening, pelvic examinations, breast examinations, counselling and education/information programs for women about contraception, menopause, sexually transmitted infections, post-natal checks and other women's health related matters. Click here for more information.
Immigrant Women’s Health Service: The Immigrant Women's Health Service is committed to empowering women and valuing their life experiences. We work with compassion, unity and mutual respect. The Immigrant Women's Health Service is funded by NSW Health Department via SWSLHD. Click here for more information.
Pap Smear: Pap tests (or Pap smears) pick up changes to your cells that can be treated before cervical cancer develops. Regular Pap tests can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer by up to 96 per cent. Most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia, have not had regular Pap tests. If you’re aged between 18 and 70 years and have ever been sexually active you should have regular Pap tests, even if you’ve had the HPV vaccine.
Make an appointment with your doctor or nurse today. Click here for more information.
Breast screening: One in eight women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Nine out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed - you have a better chance of survival when breast cancer is found early. Breast screen NSW targets women aged 50 to 74 to have a screening mammogram every two years.
No doctor’s referral is needed (but it is encouraged that you to share your results with your doctor. Take their details with you to your appointment so BreastScreen can send them your results). Click here for more information.
Cardiovascular Disease: Cardiovascular disease is a collective term for diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women. Women are almost three times more likely to die of it than breast cancer. Risk factors include being overweight, being physically inactive, smoking and having a family history of heart disease Discuss your concerns with your general practitioner. Click here for more information on women and heart disease.