Contraception | Periodic Health Checks | Sexual Health & Menstrual Irregularities | and more...
Women's Health Centre
Our highly qualified general practitioners can meet all your needs in a confidential, empathic way, from teenage years, through menopause and beyond.
We offer a number of contraception options, including a general assessment to determine suitability and counselling around choices and options for each individual.
Implanon is a progesterone only form of contraception that lasts for three years. It is able to be inserted in the surgery, please see one of our GPs for more information.
Mirena or copper IUD (Intrauterine Device)
Dr Jellins, Dr Hoffman, Dr Crane and Dr Sukkar are certified in the insertion of Mirena and Copper IUDs.
Both Mirena and Copper IUDs are long-acting reversible contraceptive options. Mirena is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It provides birth control that lasts for up to five to years. A Copper IUD provides a hormone free long term contraception option for five to ten years,
Emergency Contraception: In addition to providing ongoing contraception, the Copper IUD is the most effective form of emergency contraception. It can be inserted within 5 days of unprotected sexual intercourse by one of our trained GPs.
An IUD can be inserted at the Clinic, in women who have or have not had children. Dr Jellins, Dr Hoffman, Dr Crane and Dr Sukkar can book your procedure in for you after you have had a pre-procedure assessment appointment.
Cervical Screening Test (CSTs) – formerly called PAP Smears
CSTs are regular screening tests for women to detect cervical cancer. The guidelines have changed and as such, if you have never had a CST or it has been a while since your last pap smear or CST, see one of our GPs for information and make sure you are up to date. New guidelines are up to five years between tests.
Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer in women, with 1 in 12 women experiencing it within their lifetime. Women need to be comfortable in self-checking and also be comfortable seeking assessment from their GP if there are any concerns. It is important that any changes to the breast be examined and investigated by your doctor to check for cancer and rule out other causes.
Sexual health is an important part of everyone's lifestyle. We offer general sexual health check-ups, sexual health counselling as well as screening for STI's (sexually transmitted infections). See your GP to make sure you are up to date with regular screening guidelines, or if there are any symptoms or concerns that need investigation.
If your periods change, or are troublesome (heavy bleeding, painful, irregular / prolonged or frequent bleeding) it is important to see your GP to determine if there is a medical cause or medical solution to your symptoms.
Planning or trying to have a baby? We can discuss how to reach a great place, physically and mentally, to conceive. Physical health, ovulation windows, infertility concerns, mindfulness, immunisations and supplements; there are a wide number of things to talk about on the path towards achieving a pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy and want some advice and support, a GP is the best place to start to provide counselling and optimisation on your pregnancy journey.
Antenatal GP Shared Care
Dr Mapleson, Dr Hoffman, Dr Crane, Dr Urch, Dr Sukkar, Dr O'Niell and and Dr Jellins can look after your pregnancy in collaboration with Sutherland or St George Hospital.
Dr Mel shares her philosophy here: “to provide thorough and thoughtful pregnancy care to each woman in a way that complements her natural maternal instincts during her pregnancy journey”’ For more info, visit https://www.perinatalprimarycare.com/antenatal-shared-care
After Pregnancy (Postnatal) Care
Childbirth and early pregnancy is very demanding on a mother and on a family. It is important to see your GP after pregnancy to assess for childbirth trauma, breast feeding concerns and mental health / wellbeing.
GPs play an important role in managing your day to day health. They are responsible for the overall wellbeing of a person and are a point of contact for all specialists providing an overview of a patient’s health and wellbeing.
GPs identify symptoms or indicators of potential areas which may lead to worse health outcomes. They provide suitable advice and care pathways if required, ranging from adapting lifestyle, including improvements to diet and exercise, new prescriptions, adapting current medication or further interventions such as further investigations and onward referrals.
During menopause, symptoms can range from subtle to severe. This is a time when an overall evaluation of a person is important as metabolism changes begin to affect many aspects of a person’s wellbeing. There is no one test that can be taken to diagnose if a person is menopausal, the most effective method of diagnosis is to evaluate the symptoms of each individual patient. It is important to remember 1% of women go through the menopause before the age 40. Menopause is diagnosed once you have not had a period for 12 months or longer. However, symptoms of menopause can start a long time before you stop menstruating. This is called perimenopause. The most common symptoms I hear are weight gain, irritability, hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue and vaginal dryness.
GPs who have a special interest in menopause, are trained in general gynaecological health as well as the overall health of a person. Being able to know how to approach an overall health check for wellbeing and how to interpret broad test results is important when managing the symptoms around the time of the menopause. Understanding the background risk of a patient ensures effective and safe treatment. This is the unique role of a GP.
When seeking a GP who specialised in menopause management, ensure they practice the use of evidence-based testing and treatment to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and safest, effective treatment.
Menopause management is a marathon and not a sprint. The average menopausal woman will take medication or seek treatment options for 7 or more years. Some women can experience symptoms of menopause for as long as 13 years.
Finding a GP that you can trust and who is able to continually evaluate your overall health and wellbeing as your body changes throughout these years, is essential to lower your risk of illness and disease.
Several of the GPs at KFMP are member of the Australian Menopause Society; and all of them could be, as a practice we all embrace women’s health and hormone changes, and know the impact this time can have on your life. We want to work with you to improve your health and wellbeing by provide exceptional evidence-based care to all our patients.
Dr Jessie, Dr Kate, Dr Sasha, Dr Georgia, Dr Gemma, Dr Ryan, Dr James, Dr Anna and Dr Bek offer medical termination of pregnancy for suitable patients.
Medical termination refers to the process of initiating a miscarriage using a combination of drugs. These drugs replicate hormonal changes similar to those experienced in a natural miscarriage to terminate a pregnancy, without surgical intervention. It is not suitable for all patients, so an initial assessment appointment is needed to arrange investigations including an ultrasound scan and blood test to determine suitability. It is only suitable for patients prior to 9 weeks of pregnancy.