The provision of services by Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre ensures a continuous pathway to recovery for the women of the Coffs Coast community.
Please note that Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre is not a general practice. Appointments with our doctors can only be made for women’s related issues. .
Women’s issues include:
- Breast checks
- Breast disease (including cancer)
- Sexually transmitted infections (including HPV/pap tests)
- Contraception – most types including mirenas, pill, injections and diaphragms
- Fertility and conception (including pre-pregnancy preparation)
- Menstruation & menstrual issues
- Menopause and hormone therapy
- Reproductive & gynaecological investigations including vulval conditions
- Urinary incontinence
- Anxiety and depression
Women’s Health Nurses
We have Registered Nurses with Family Planning qualifications. They offer appointments in clinical screening through Pap Tests and other relevant pathology tests, and breast checks. Pregnancy tests are also available. The Nurses are skilled in health education and offer information on menstruation and menstrual problems, menopause, contraception, sexually-transmitted infections, fertility options & information. Women’s Health Network Outreach Clinics are conducted in the surrounding towns throughout the year.
Family Planning Educator (Sexual Health)
The Educator is a nurse and mid-wife who offers individual or couples appointments to discuss sexual health and reproductive health issues. Group educational workshops are also conducted at the Centre, in schools or community venues, and talks on specific issues can be arranged for women’s groups, youth groups and other organisations.
Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself, improving both your physical and mental wellbeing. Our practitioner, Carol Hartman, does this painlessly by using very fine disposable needles, and by applying heat or acupressure. You are able to relax for an hour of gentle treatment to ease the symptoms of PMS, period pains, menopause, chronic pain, fatigue, addictions and digestive problems.
Dietitian, Becky Vaschak, provides individualised nutritional care to assist people in leading healthier lives. Qualified dietitians also have the clinical training to assess nutrient intake and modify diets to treat or help to manage chronic diseases, food allergies and intolerances, eating disorder recovery, modified texture diets, nutritional deficiencies and other specialty diets. Becky sees clients under an EPC or private pay.
Physiotherapy for Women
Sharyn Fulton is a physiotherapist who has a special interest in Women’s Health, particularly pelvic floor. She treats a number of conditions including:
-Urinary incontinence (leakage with sport, cough, sneeze, with urgency and a full bladder)
-Pelvic Organ Prolapse – prolapse of the vaginal walls – cystocele, rectocele or uterine prolapse. She has also been trained to fit pessaries for these conditions
-Post Natal Pelvic Floor – 3rd and 4th degree tears, pelvic floor weakness, return to sport or running assessment of the pelvic floor, urinary incontinence, prolapse
-Post Natal Rectus Diastasis – separation in abdominal muscles postnatally
-Vaginismus and dyspareunia – pelvic floor muscle overactivity and pain with intercourse
-Chronic Pelvic Pain – pelvic pain associated with endometriosis
-Bladder Pain Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis
Sharyn sees clients who have an EPC, DVA or privately.
Clinical Psychology Registrar, Jodi Wittenberg, sees clients every Wednesday and Thursday. Jodi’s professional interests include providing therapeutic support for women and adolescents affected by major life, health and psychological impacts. Areas of interest also include: psycho-oncology, trauma, domestic violence, eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety and mood disorders.
Modalities include: CBT, ACT, Trauma Informed Therapy and Mindfulness
Massage relieves pain and tension in the body. Our masseuse, Amy Moon, uses various techniques to release tension and pain, balance the muscle culture and improve alignment. Added benefits of massage include stimulating blood flow, lymphatic drainage to draw out excess fluids, toxins and stimulate the immune system. Hot stones are included in every massage
Information and Referrals Services
The Administrative Support Team at Reception are available for information on women’s issues and resources, including women’s refuges, sexual assault services and termination clinics.
Workshops & programs
Genhealth Inc. runs various self development, support, health fitness and fun programs from the Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre. Please refer to the calendar of events for more information on these events.