Women's health

ACT Health's Well Women's Clinics offer free information on issues concerning women

Coughs, colds, sprains, rashes - your local pharmacist can give you expert advice on many health issues.

For free expert advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or for the one-off treatment of minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week from 7am-11pm, see a specialist nurse at our Walk-in centre.

For ongoing comprehensive healthcare for everyone, including those with acute problems, children under two years and those with complex medical problems, see this listing of GP's by suburb.

For serious illness or injury requiring urgent attention, call 000 or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.

Women's Health services A-Z

ACT Health fact sheets for expectant mothers and health professionals containing important information, including preconception information, antenatal tests for abnormalities, induction of labour, miscarriage, vaginal birth after caesarian and what to bring to hospital.

Regular mammography screening is recommended for women aged 50-74. BreastScreen ACT offers screening mammography service free to all women aged over 50 years in the ACT. Contact 13 2050 to make an appointment or drop into the clinic reception 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections; HIV care provided by specialist physicians with full access to anti-viral and other HIV treatments; counselling and information for sexual health issues. Phone (02) 6244 2184 during business hours.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is provided free to all Year 7 school girls in the ACT through the Immunise Australia Program. The vaccine protects against certain strains of the human papillomavirus which are known to cause 7 out of 10 cases of cervical cancer and 9 out of 10 cases of genital warts.

A pap test is a simple procedure in which a number of cells are collected from your cervix and sent to a laboratory where they are tested for any abnormal changes. No drugs or anaesthetics are required and it can easily be done by a doctor or women's health nurse. It only takes a few minutes, but it may save your life. Contact (02) 6205 1545 to locate an ACT pap test provider.

Community Health provides counselling for women affected by violence. Violence can be sexual, physical or emotional and include domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood abuse or incest, ritual abuse or institutional abuse. The service is free and all women affected by violence can access medical and counselling services. For more information phone (02) 6205 1078 between 8.30am - 5pm weekdays.

SIDS and Kids ACT regularly hosts an Early Pregnancy Loss support group. Call SIDS and Kids ACT on (02) 6287 4255 for more information.

The Australian Government's Family Assistance Office gives Australian families better access to government services. Instead of going to different agencies to get family assistance, families can now get all their payments from just one place.

The Richmond Fellowship of the ACT is a Family Counselling Service that offers a free service, catering to young people 12 to 25 years of age and their parents, family members and carers, regarding a broad range of issues. Our counselling is oriented toward the goals of the individual and/or the family and they aim to work with you to find creative solutions. Any family member or involved professional may contact us regarding referral during business hours. Our referral forms are also available on our website.

Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT offers best practice sexual and reproductive health clinical services to Canberra and the region. SHFPACT Doctors and Nurses have sexual and reproductive health qualifications, and are experienced in dealing with sexual health matters sensitively. Phone (02) 6247 3077 for an appointment Monday to Friday during business hours.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching ServiceŽ is now available in the ACT, so there's no better time to get healthy than now! Get Healthy is a free, confidential telephone-based Service funded by ACT Health, which helps people make lifestyle changes regarding healthy eating, being physically active, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

headspace ACT provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are experiencing emotional or mental health issues and/or a substance use issue.

Lab Tests Online Au is a free web site where patients and their carers can find trustworthy and accurate information about the range of pathology tests and screens that are used to diagnose and monitor conditions and diseases.

Marie Stopes International's Canberra clinic offers a broad range of sexual and reproductive health care services to men and women, including abortion, vasectomy, contraception and STI check-ups.

Being medicinewise will help you make better health decisions for you and those you care for. We all take medicines, but too often we take them for granted. Being medicinewise will help you to get the most benefit from your medicines.

Mental Health ACT provides specialist treatment and support to those people experiencing a moderate to severe mental illness. Call Mental Health ACT on 13 2281, the Crisis Assessment and Treatment (CATT) Team on 1800 629 354 (24 hour service), or (02) 6205 1065.

Here you'll find the latest ACT Health guidance on nutrition issues. See the Australian Dietary Guidelines for sound general nutrition advice and our information for new mothers and also our listing of publications and upcoming free nutrition courses in your local area.

Through our Child Health Clinics and other services, ACT Health provides support for you and your newborn baby right through to your child's early years. Call Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 6pm weekdays. For AFTER HOURS parenting advice, counselling and assistance contact healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

Women of all ages who are experiencing problems with bladder control, bowel control or prolapse, are invited to attend this free two part workshop presented by the continuing care community Physiotherapists. See this list of upcoming workshops in your area.

For free and professional confidential counselling in relation to pregnancy testing, unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion concerns, pregnancy support, pregnancy loss and adoption, call the national Pregnancy Helpline on toll free 1300 139 313.

The National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis (NSDP) provides useful information for patients with scoliosis and their parents. It covers the causes, symptoms and treatment of scoliosis, including brace treatment, scoliosis surgery, correction rods, x-ray, inheritance and details of the National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis together with a self-detection brochure.

Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT offers best practice sexual and reproductive health clinical services to Canberra and the region. SHFPACT Doctors and Nurses have sexual and reproductive health qualifications, and are experienced in dealing with sexual health matters sensitively. Phone (02) 6247 3077 for an appointment Monday to Friday during business hours.

The service provides support for people over the age of 18, although parents of youth at risk are encouraged to call for support. Call the Suicide Call Back Service Referral Line 1300 659 467. It is staffed between 10am and 8.30pm, seven days a week.

People are often prepared for the deaths of elderly parents, friends or relatives who have a serious illness, but we are rarely prepared for the impact of sudden death. We are usually even less prepared for the suicide of someone we know.

Wheelies is a free community service for all those people who need to use a wheelchair and still want to get out and travel.

Woden Community Service Inc (WCS) is one of five regional community services within Canberra. WCS is a not-for-profit organisation providing a broad range of services to people who live or work in the Woden Valley. Programs are funded by both the ACT and Australian Governments.

The Women's Centre for Health Matters (WCHM)provides services to support women's health and well being. You can contact the service Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on (02) 6290 2166.

Please note: WCHM do not deliver services to the public. For further information about WCHM please refer to their website www.wchm.org.au

The ACT Women's Health Service (WHS) provides a range of nursing, medical and counselling services. The WHS gives priority to women who experience significant barriers to accessing services elsewhere. These barriers may include, but are not limited to, the impact of violence, abuse or neglect, social or economic disadvantage, disability, language, culture, sexuality or isolation.

Women's Information and Referral Centre (WiRC) aims to provide a high quality, free, confidential, relevant and accurate information and referral service for women and their families in the ACT and Region. WiRC is a great starting place for women seeking information on any issue. Contact WiRC on (02) 6205 1075 or (02) 6205 1076 for advice on any issue

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.