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: Current guideline are to start having Pap smears at age 18 years or when have been sexually active for 2 years (whichever is the later). If normal, continue every 2 years till age 70 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: Oral Contraceptive Pill, Contraceptive Vaginal Ring, Hormonal Implant, Hormone and Copper Intra Uterine Devises (IUD’s), Contraceptive Injections, Diaphragm fittings, 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): Dr Olga Ostrowckyj and Dr Carolyn Hackworthy remove IUD’s. Dr Carolyn Hackworthy inserts both copper and hormonal IUD’s in appropriate patients.  
  • Pregnancy Planning: Health advice for both partners before planning pregnancy. Some investigations suggested prior to planning pregnancy (such as checking immunity to Rubella).
  • 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 Hospital antenatal clinics. 

Dr Carolyn with patient, Hunter Women's Health

  • Period Problems: 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 are one common feature. For further information see this Jean Hailles Fact Sheet
  • Endometriosis: Advice re diagnosis and management options. For further information see this Jean Hailles Fact Sheet
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Investigation and treatment if symptoms including Chlamydia and Genital Herpes. Screening especially for Chlamydia in women with no symptoms. For more information, see the STI Fact Sheets.
  • Sub Fertility: Advice and initial investigations if delay in falling pregnant. Referral to specialist infertility clinic if appropriate. More information, see this information from Hunter IVF, and Genea Newcastle.
  • 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 universal. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) discussed and prescribed if appropriate. More information can be found here, here and here. Non-hormonal therapies, when hormonal therapy is not appropriate or not preferred. Click here for more information.
  • Vaginal prolapse: Diagnosis, management options, ring pessaries, referral to gynaecologist if appropriate.
  • Sexual Difficulties. Such as low libodo and painful sex.
  • Osteoporosis: Advice, Referral for Bone Mineral Density, Assessment of patient risk. Click here for more information.