It’s very important for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women to have a regular health check as they have poorer health than other Australian women.
They are more than ten times as likely as non-Indigenous women to have kidney disease, more than four times as likely to have diabetes/high sugar levels, and nearly twice as likely to have asthma.
The rate of cervical cancer is almost three times higher for Indigenous than non-Indigenous women and more Indigenous women die from it, yet it is one of the most preventable of all cancers.
Having regular health checks can help women stay healthy and screen for early warning signs of things like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
If you have high risk factors – like a family history of a disease, are overweight or smoke – you may be more likely to become sick.
So don’t wait until it’s too late, come in for a women’s health check today.
What are the health checks for women?
Health checks for women may also include tests like a Pap smear (every two years), breast check and bone density check.
Gumileybirra Women’s Clinic
The clinic cares for mums and their babies during and after pregnancy, including specialist care for high-risk mothers. The clinic also links mums and their children to community and other health services.
All our clinics are guided by an ‘Aboriginal health practitioner first’ policy, so you will be see an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner before a doctor.