Support services available for women during COVID-19

Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre in Katoomba has announced that the women's reproductive and sexual health clinic is operating again.

From left, acting Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre manager Suzie van Opdorp, Dr Miriam Brooks and Salicia Davies.

From left, acting Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre manager Suzie van Opdorp, Dr Miriam Brooks and Salicia Davies.

Acting manager Suzie van Opdorp told the Gazette: "Our women's health centre has had a number of staff changes over the past six months. I'm pleased to announce that Dr Miriam Brooks has returned to the centre and will be providing a wide range of women's health services. Our women's health nurse Salicia Davies will also be operating her clinic in partnership with Dr Brooks. Between them they can provide contraceptive services, including long acting contraceptives and IUD insertions, sexual and reproductive health checks including pap smears and referrals to other specialist services."

Ms van Opdorp said women's health centres work from a holistic social model of women's health.

"This means that we recognise that women's health is more than physical health. Our staff support and promote women's mental health and social well-being as well as other preventative health services," she said.

"Counselling continues to operate via phone and online sessions.We run a number of health education programs and social support groups. Unfortunately during COVID, we must operate within the limitations of the restrictions many of these programs are on hold until the current restrictions lift."

Contact the centre on 4782 5133 for more information or visit the website www.BMWHRC.org.