An important addition to medical services in the Southern Highlands

VITAL ISSUES. Women in the Southern Highlands now have a dedicated medical centre, administered by experienced female clinicians, that addresses the intrinsic needs of women's health. Photo: Shutterstock
VITAL ISSUES. Women in the Southern Highlands now have a dedicated medical centre, administered by experienced female clinicians, that addresses the intrinsic needs of women's health. Photo: Shutterstock

For many women the prospect of taking their personal health problems to a general practitioner can be daunting. Fortunately there now exists a women's health clinic where women can safely and comfortably share their concerns with professionals in the Southern Highlands.

Dr Hanady Nasreddine knows that it is important to have choices, particularly with regards to health service provision in regional areas and not just the cities.

After graduating from Sydney University, Hanady spent her junior training years in Sydney hospitals.

She completed her FRACGP (Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) and attained other qualifications in the area of child health and sexual and reproductive health as well as in medical and forensic service provision in the area of sexual assault.

"I have also worked more recently in the area of medical education and have focused clinically, for most of the last seven years on women's, sexual and reproductive health care provision," Hanady said.

She and her family moved to the Southern Highlands five years ago and have never looked back. She has always admired this beautiful region and the warmth and welcome of locals.

"I have always been drawn to women's health despite enjoying all aspects of my profession and service provision for all in need. I hope the centre serves as a safe place women can attend to address their women's health care needs with confidence."

For any women with medical issues or concerns relating to menstruation; urinary symptoms; breast health, contraception, pelvic pain, cervical screening, pregnancy care, vaginal and vulval symptoms, menopause and mental health, this specialised clinic will be of great comfort.

"My vision is for the centre to grow into a place of excellence driven by experienced and passionate clinicians and allied health professionals, that provides an alternate means for women to address their sexual and reproductive healthcare needs.

"We can liaise with local GPs and are a centre created to complement local service provision in the community. A gap fee for consultations is generally between $20-$40. We do bulk bill those with financial difficulty, those under the age of 18, tertiary students, health-care card holders, youth allowance recipients, DVA, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander patients and pensioner concession card holders."

Michelle Obama said ''the difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued."

"My nod and invitation to women in the community is The Women's Health Centre Southern Highlands."

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