Women in, and around, Coonabarabran are to benefit from a new women’s health nurse who will provide specific care tailored towards women specific health needs.
Minister for Women and Regional Health Bronnie Taylor, said this is a huge boost for women in the region providing an outreach service to residents in Baradine, Binnaway and Coonamble.
“As a previous breast cancer nurse, I know how important it is for women to feel like their treatment teams understand their unique needs. This new nurse will ensure daughters, mothers, sisters and wives in the Coonabarabran area get just that,” Mrs Taylor said.
Previously Coonabarabran was delivered as an outreach service from either Dubbo, Gulargambone or Mudgee however the new women’s health nurse will now be based in Coonabarabran.
“With a nurse now being available on-site at Coonabarabran it will mean more services than ever before will be able to be delivered closer to home. This will improve service delivery to Coonabarabran women from puberty to menopause and beyond,” Mrs Taylor said.
The women’s health clinics will provide screening tests for cervical screening, some sexual health screenings, postnatal checks and pregnancy testings and options.
It will also provide comprehensive information on contraception, menopause, continence, menstrual issues, breast health, domestic and family violence support, and general wellbeing.
The Women’s health program actively works with women from priority groups including Aboriginal women, women with a disability, women carers, women experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage, LBTQI+ and women loving in rural and remote areas.
The Women’s health nurse will be based at the Coonabarabran Community Health Centre and local community members can book in by calling 1800 008 422.