Hunter Women’s Health Services

Our Services

With over 30 years experience in general practice, sexual and reproductive health, Hunter Women’s Health offers a progressive and comprehensive range of services, treatment and counseling to women of all ages. Some of the issues include:

Dr Olga with a patient, Hunter Women's Health

  • Pre-puberty: Early hormonal development, irritations
  • Puberty: Body changes, period problems
  • Pap smears and now called Cervical Screening Test (CST):  The guidelines totally changed on 1st December 2017. The main changes is “more reliable and less often”. Routine testing now starts at age 25 years and if normal routine testing is every five years. Testing at a younger age or sooner is advised if any abnormal symptoms such as bleeding when not due (such as between periods or after intercourse). The final test is between the ages of 70 and 74 years.  Click here for More info.
  • Breast Issues: Breast lumps, breast pain , instruction in self breast examination, referral for mammogram or ultrasound where appropriate.
  • Contraception: Hormonal Implant “Implanon”, Hormone and Copper IUD’s (Intra-Uterine Devises), Oral Contraceptive Pill, Contraceptive Vaginal Ring, Contraceptive Injections, Diaphragms,  sterilization advice. Click here for more info.
  • Implanon Implants: Dr Olga Ostrowskyj and Dr Carolyn Hackworthy insert and remove Implanon Implants
  • IUD’s (Intra-Uterine Devices): We can give you details information about moth hormonal IUD’s “Mirena” and copper IUD’s , pre-insertion checks and referral for  IUD insertion. Dr Olga Ostrowckyj and Dr Carolyn Hackworthy both remove IUD’s.
  • Pregnancy Planning: Health advice for both partners before planning pregnancy is advised. A range of investigations is advised including checking immunity to Rubella (German Measles) and Varicella (Chicken Pox).
  • Pregnancy: Initial confirmation and early investigations for early pregnancy. Concerns in early pregnancy such as bleeding and/or pain. Referral to private obstetrician for antenatal care. Dr Carolyn Hackworthy offers shared care with John Hunter or Maitland Public Hospital antenatal clinics. 

Dr Carolyn with patient, Hunter Women's Health

  • Period Problems: Early or delayed onset of periods, heavy periods, painful periods, infrequent periods
  • Premenstrual Symptoms: both physical and emotional
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): This is a metabolic condition which affects many body systems. Infrequent periods and difficulty losing weight are common features. For further information see this Jean Hailes Fact Sheet
  • Endometriosis: This can cause pelvic pain, especially before and with periods.  We can give advice regarding diagnosis and management. For further information see this Jean Hailes Fact Sheet
  • Sexual Health:  Screening for sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) including Chlamydia in women with no symptoms. Investigation and treatment of symptoms suggestive of STI’s.  Help for symptoms such as pain with intercourse (dyspareunia), bleeding after intercourse and low libido (low sexual urges). STI Fact Sheets.
  • Sub Fertility: Advice and initial investigations if delay in falling pregnant. Referral to infertility specialist at John Hunter Hospital, one specialists who work at one of our two local IVF  clinics  (Hunter IVF and Genea Newcastle) or referral elsewhere.
  • Vulval  and Vaginal Problems: Vulval itches, rashes and lumps, Vaginal dryness, Painful Sex, Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginal Candida ‘Thrush’ (click here for more information), Vaginal prolapse.
  • Bladder Problems: Cystitis, Urinary Tract Infections, Urinary Incontinence. For more information click here.
  • Menopause and Perimenopause: A large range of symptoms are possible but not everyone has major issues.  Detailed information is available about complementary treatment options and  non-hormonal prescription therapies, in addition to when Menopause Hormone  Replacement Therapy (mHRT)  and prescribed if appropriate. More information can be found on The Australasian Menopause society website here, here and the Jean Hailes website here. Click here for more information.
  • Vaginal prolapse: Diagnosis, management options, ring pessaries, referral to gynaecologist if appropriate.
  • Osteoporosis: Assessment of patient risk of developing osteoporosis, referral for Bone Mineral Density Scan, treatment of osteoporosis. Click here for more information.