Family Planning NSW to open outreach clinic in Nyngan

Family Planning NSW is expanding the availability of reproductive and sexual health services in central western NSW with the announcement of a new outreach clinic in Nyngan.

In partnership with the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), Family Planning NSW will bring a doctor or registered nurse to the Bogan Medical Centre in Nyngan each month. The first clinics will tak place on 30 November and 16 December 2020.

"Thanks to our partnership with Western NSW LHD, we can now offer a more accessible and specialised range of health services to the community in Nyngan," said Regional Operations Manager Matilda Armstrong.

"We undertook consultation with community services in Nyngan in October 2019 which gave us a really valuable insight into the needs of the community."

"While we have a Family Planning clinic in Dubbo, we learned that it's not always feasible for people to travel to Dubbo to access these vital services."

As part of a collaborative model to improve access to reproductive and sexual health services, Western NSW LHC will continue to provide their monthly women's health and sexual health outreach clinics.

The outreach clinics will provide a space where the community can access contraception, screen for cervical cancer, explore pregnancy options, or ask questions about sexuality and sexual function.

FPNSW clinicians can assist local women experiencing menopause, heavy menstrual bleeding and common gynaecological problems.

"One service we're excited to deliver is improving access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) such as IUDs and implants," said Ms Armstrong.

"Long-acting reversible contraception is a great way for women to access a cost-effective form of birth control that lasts for several years, rather than having to fill prescriptions for the pill every few months."

The clinic will also offer tailored services and resources for people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, young people, people with disability and culturally and linguistically diverse people.

To make an appointment, contact Family Planning NSW on (02) 6885 1544, or the Nyngan Health Service on (02) 6835 1700.

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Media enquiries:

P: 0402 880 653

E: media@fpnsw.org.au

W: https://www.fpnsw.org.au

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