WOMEN'S HEALTH

At the Bellbird Medical Centre we provide a range of women's healthcare.

Cervical Screening Test

The Cervical Screening Test (CST) has replaced the old Pap smear test. It detects the high-risk strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which cause the majority of cervical cancers. As it is more accurate the routine screening frequency is now 5 years (the Pap smear was every 2 years). The procedure however is essentially the same. The sample will be collected during a speculum vaginal examination. Swabs for common STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can be taken at the same time.

Breast Health

Breast Screen Victoria provides free screening mammograms to women aged 50 years to 74 years with no breast symptoms every two years. It is important to self examine your breasts regularly for any changes. If you find any or have other breast symptoms such as pain or nipple discharge to see your GP to be examined and probably referred on for further tests. For more information and nearby centres for screening: https://www.breastscreen.org.au/

Contraception

There is a wide range of contraceptive options including pills, vaginal rings, injections and implants. For implanon insertion and removal, please inform the reception to arrange appropriate appointment. Additional charges may be involved for the procedure. 

Sexual Health Checks

At Bellbird Medical Centre we can arrange the full range of sexual health checks.

General Health Checks

At Bellbird Medical Centre, we have a strong commitment to preventative medicine and recommend seeing your GP to discuss what check-ups are appropriate for you. In addition we recommend a Prolonged Health Assessment (PHA) for everyone aged 45-49 and over 70. Included in this assessment is:

  • Body measurements taken – height, weight, BP, pulse etc

  • Pathology blood test including levels of cholesterol, diabetes, liver, kidney disease, prostate cancer

  • Hearing assessment

  • Vision assessment

  • Lung function assessment

  • Skin check

  • Lifestyle assessment – mental health, family medical history, current lifestyle

  • Resting ECG

 

The Prolonged Health Assessment (PHA) is completely covered by Medicare (Bulk-Billed) and requires minimum 20 minute appointment. Please inform the reception should you require a longer appointment.