Women's Health Services
The Gold Coast Women and Children's Clinic offers a comprehensive range of health and medical services for women of all ages including:
The Gold Coast Women's and Children's Clinic encourages all of our patients to be breast aware. This means knowing what is normal for you and telling your doctor immediately if you notice a change in your breasts, including:
a lump, lumpiness or thickening of the breast
changes in the skin of a breast, such as puckering, dimpling or a rash
persistent or unusual breast pain
a change in the shape or size of a breast
discharge from a nipple, a nipple rash or a change in its shape.
Breast milk provides the perfect nutrition to match your baby’s needs for growth and development. The World Health Organisation recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months, however breast feeding may not come easy for some women and in some circumstances it is not always possible to breastfeed. Our Gold Coast women's health doctors are on hand and available to help new mothers by providing support and assistance of breast feeding within and beyond the postnatal period.
Chronic Disease Care and Management
A chronic disease is a disease lasting more than 3 months with ongoing medical conditions that require continuity of care and regular reviews by medical professionals. Chronic Diseases can include Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Mental Health, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Oral Health and Respiratory Diseases (including Asthma). If you have any concerns or queries about the symptoms of a chronic disease, speak to one of our GP’s today
Contraception Advice and Insertion of IUDs and Implanon
There are many contraceptive methods currently available in Australia, including implants and injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs, both copper and hormonal), emergency contraception, pills and vaginal rings, barrier methods (male and female condoms and diaphragms), female and male sterilisation and natural methods (natural family planning). Our team of doctors can offer guidance and assistance relating to these methods and discuss which kind of contraception is best suited to the particular health and lifestyle needs of a specific individual. There are dedicated Doctors within the gold coast women and children's clinic that offer the insertion of both the Mirena and Implanon contraceptive devices.
Fertility Assessments and Family Planning
Thinking about having a baby? Our team of highly trained professional Gold Coast doctors can help you regarding fertility concerns and assessments. If you're trying to fall pregnant and it's taking longer than you expected, call to make an appointment today with one of our GP's.
Menopause is a normal event in a woman's life and occurs when the menstrual cycle stops permanently. Most women reach menopause between 45 and 55. However, there is no set age or duration, and symptoms may vary. Our team of professional medical staff provide assessments and advice on the management, lifestyle, hormonal and non-hormonal factors surrounding menopause and is specifically tailored to the individual’s symptoms and circumstances.
A mental health problem can affect how an individual is thinking, feeling and behaving. Some symptoms of a mental illness are feeling worried, anxious, depressed, emotional outbursts, sleeping problems, weight or appetite changes, have become suddenly quiet or withdrawn, substance abuse, feelings of guilt or worthlessness or sudden changes in behaviour or feeling.
If you’re concerned or worried about how you are feeling, it’s important to seek professional help. Our team of Doctors are qualified in the assessment and ongoing care of all mental health aspects.
Menstruation (also known as “having your period), is a normal, healthy part of a woman’s life. Every woman’s period is different, which can also change substantially throughout her lifetime. Menstruation may bring with it some symptoms that may require medical advice and support, including intensive cramping or pain, long and heavy bleeding, irregular periods, intermittent bleeding, hormonal problems, extreme weight loss or weight gain - and other additional issues. If you have any concerns regarding menstruation, speak to one of our Gold Coast Doctors today.
Currently the cervical screening program recommends all women over 18, who have ever had sexual intercourse, to have a pap smear every two years. A pap test is an important screening test to pick up signs of irregularities that could lead to cervical cancer if not treated. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Even if you have had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, you should continue to have regular Pap tests every 2 years.
Pregnancy and Shared Antenatal Care
Our medical staff are trained in all aspects of pregnancy and offer our patients "shared antenatal care". Shared antenatal care is an arrangement between your GP and the hospital where you have chosen to give birth. You see your GP for some pregnancy appointments, and you also have hospital appointments in early and later pregnancy. Our Gold Coast Doctors are experienced in providing antenatal care and will work closely with your chosen private Obstetrician or the Gold Coast University and Tweed Public Hospitals. Pregnancy immunisations for whooping cough and influenza are also available at the clinic in addition to Anti-D injections.
The health of a new mum and new baby is important and is a focal point of the services we provide across the women and children's clinic. Our team of GP's offer breastfeeding advice, postnatal care and physical evaluations in additional to support and care for all aspects of maternal mental health including postnatal depression and anxiety. The postnatal period begins from birth and ends when the baby is six weeks of age. At six weeks after the birth a final postnatal check is carried out. This check can be provided by a local doctor, private obstetrician or family planning centre.
Sexual Health Checks and Advice
Queensland Health advises that if you are sexually active, it’s important you visit a doctor regularly to have sexual health checks. Sexual Health check-ups provide an opportunity to discuss your sexual and reproductive health and can involve testing (e.g sexually transmitted diseases), contraceptive methods and reproductive issues. Our clinic also provides on-site pathology testing for patient convenience.
Whether you’re due for a routine immunisation, are travelling abroad or require advice on vaccinations, our team are here to help with any queries that you may have. We offer advice, information and vaccinations including Gardasil, Hepatitis, Whooping Cough, Rubella and Influenza. We are also able to arrange all travel vaccine requirements (please note that the Yellow Fever vaccination is available at our Southport Clinic only).
Our team of male and female doctors have been trained in the knowledge of the most current and effective, scientifically proven weight loss options, and can provide you with a medically managed weight loss plan to help support and assist you reach your ultimate healthy goal weight. If you are feeling underweight or having trouble keeping weight on, our team can provide you the help and assistance regarding eating plans, diet and nutritional advice.
Women's Health Checks
Medical health checks for women are important as many diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers can be picked up in their early stages, when treatment is often more effective. If you are at high risk of a particular disease – for example, if you have a family history of it – it is recommended that you get checked more frequently, and at an earlier age. A women's health check can include talking to your doctor about your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise habits and whether or not you smoke or drink alcohol. Seeing your doctor for regular medical check-ups will help you stay healthy and pick up early warning signs of disease or illness.
PLEASE NOTE: The GP’s at the Gold Coast Women and Children’s Clinic have a special interest in all facets of Women’s and Children’s Health and are available to discuss any health concerns you may have, including those that may not be specifically listed within this website. For additional enquiries please ask one of our friendly staff members for more details.