It is important that you continue to have regular PAP smears after your accident (www.health.wa.gov.au/cervical/home/). If your doctor does not have an adjustable height examination table, the following clinics have adjustable tables (but no hoist):
Family Planning Clinic, 70 Roe St, Northbridge tel: 9227 6177
South Coastal Women’s Health Services, LifeLinks Community Centre, Rockingham tel: 9550 0900
Women’s Health Services, 100 Aberdeen St, Northbridge tel: 9227 8122
If you would prefer to see someone who is experienced in SCI, or if you require a hoist, you can make an appointment with the Women’s Health Nurse at Shenton Park Outpatient Clinic. The Women with Disabilities (WOW) Clinic runs on the last Wednesday of every month in the afternoon. Appointments are for an hour and no GP referral is required, tel: 9382 7141 to make an appointment. Appointments can also be made to be seen at Royal Perth Hospital if that is more convenient. The Clinical Nurse can make home visits with a referral from a GP, Community Nurse or agency. These visits are usually made in the morning before the client is out of bed to reduce the number of hoist lifts. For home visits tel: Jane Akerman 9224 2774
Breast Screening (Mammogram)
BreastScreen WA provides free screening mammograms to women aged 40 years or over, and specifically targets women aged 50 to 69 years (www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au). All metropolitan screening centres are wheelchair accessible, let them know you are a wheelchair user when you make an appointment and they will allocate extra time. The mobile screening centres that visit rural areas are also accessible. Information on disabled access is available here.