A FIRST of its kind practice offering a holistic approach to women’s health opened its doors last week, offering women across the Goulburn Valley access to a centre specifically designed for women’s health issues.
The Shepparton Women’s Health Centre, located at 100-104 Corio Street in Shepparton, is the brainchild of gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Margreet Stegeman, who has been working in the area for 14 years and practicing for 16 years.
The new centre will bring together specialists in the fields of physiotherapy, psychology, pap smear nursing, as well as pathologists and GPs and will offer services including advice and treatment of fertility issues, menstrual problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, sexually transmitted infections, per-conception counselling, per-menopausal complaints, antenatal services, endometriosis, continence issues, contraception issues, prolapse issues and all psychological aspects of women’s health.
Dr Stegeman spoke with The Adviser, saying she had seen a gap in the services in the region, which sparked her to open the doors of the specialised clinic.
“There have been a lot of local women who travelled to Melbourne for some of these services and I saw a need for it in Shepparton.
“The breadth of services we are offering under one roof is a first for the city of Shepparton.
“It is important that women have access to holistic advice when seeking treatment locally for their specific health issues. Practitioners with a special interest in women’s health are in a good position to provide a collaborative approach to woman-central health care.”