Research shows early intervention improves young women’s health

Dr Miriam Brooks, Faculty of Medicine lecturer at Western Sydney University, will speak at the combined annual general meeting of Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre (BMWHRC) and Thrive Services.

Dr Brooks will present her recent research on the young women’s clinic at BMWHRC which showed young women’s lifelong wellbeing can be improved by offering personalised, integrated care in a safe and supportive place. 

Dr Miriam Brooks, lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Western Sydney University.

Dr Miriam Brooks, lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Western Sydney University.

“Your Voice Matters as Soon as You Walk In” is the title Dr Brooks has given her research report, based on the words of one of the young women interviewed as part of the project.

“The research affirms that young women build up trust over time so they can access health and other services with confidence their needs will be met,” said Sarala Porter, BMWHRC manager.

“The young women’s clinic model is an innovative way to implement trauma-sensitive care with access to a doctor, nurse, counsellor or youth worker for girls and women up to 25 years of age” said Ms Porter. “The fact that young women can just show up without making a prior appointment has been a major reason why the clinic has been so successful. We currently have two doctors working in the clinic on Thursdays from 3.30-5.30pm during school terms, so more appointments are available.”

The annual general meeting will be held at Blue Mountains City Council Chambers, Civic Place, Katoomba from 2.30-4.30pm on November 8. Phone the centre on 4782 5133 for more information.