Pop-up women’s health service for rural and remote communities

Pop-up women’s health service for rural and remote communities Conference Paper

15th National Rural Health Conference: Better together!

  • Author(s): Evans, Alice, Stokell, Sharon
  • Secondary Author(s): Coleman, Leanne
  • Published: 2019

Abstract: Learning objectives: Development of a sustainable Women’s health service in rural and remote regions. Community participation in implementing a new health service and the resulting community benefits. Activities and methods: Many rural and remote Qld communities have no women’s health services providing consultations across areas such as cervical screening, complex contraception, and management of gynaecological and sexual health issues. Problems can be complex and the need for confidentiality very high. Many women need to travel over 1000km to see a clinician for a consultation and for subsequent treatment. True Relationships and Reproductive Health (True), a specialist in reproductive and sexual services, supported by CheckUp and the Department of Health, has implemented a Women’s health Service for Queensland’s rural and remote communities where no such service exists. Outcomes and results: From commencement of just six pop-up clinics True is now providing pop-up services to fifteen communities. Community support has been phenomenal with one community fundraising to ensure all equipment needs were met in the local clinic. Appointment scheduling is supported at the local level and True’s clinics are always booked out well ahead of the visits. Clients appreciate the confidentiality which the service provides, while still being delivered locally. Clients report that they now undertake these important health checks, which in the past had been neglected due to the travel and costs involved. True’s pop-up clinical model has proved to be cost effective, sustainable service with 100% of clients reporting that they are highly satisfied with the service. Conclusion: The health benefits of proactive management mean that chronic disease can be prevented and less ill health days reported. Delivering a service into a local community overcomes reported barriers and ensures access to appropriate care for community members. Naturally, this supports the wellbeing and economic benefit for both the community and the individual.

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Evans, Alice, Stokell, Sharon, 2019, Pop-up women’s health service for rural and remote communities, Conference Paper, viewed 30 November 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=15829.

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