Transitioning from Pap Smears to Cervical Screening

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The renewed National Cervical Screening Program

From 1 December 2017, cervical screening will change in Australia. The Pap Smear/ Pap Test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Cervical Screening Test is anticipated to protect up to 30% more women.

The test is a quick and simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It looks and feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).

Your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your results are normal.

Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.

Eligible Age Group: The new age group to be tested will be 25 to 74 year olds. In the past the program covered 18 to 69 year olds.

If you are due for testing, contact your healthcare provider to book an appointment. For more information about the National Cervical Screening Program call 13 15 56.

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Saying Goodbye to Dr Richard Wong

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To friends of Edmonton family medical centre,
I will be finishing up working in rural and regional Australia, with the bulk of it here in Cairns, at the end of this year and
will rebasing myself back in the capital cities from March 2017. You will be looked after by the other number of doctors
here, with at least one new one starting up next year, and the staff and nurses will assist you with that.

It has been a valuable experience working in areas of need the last four years or so where there’s been fewer doctors and
obtaining more hands-on experience. I would firstly and foremost like to thank the GP principal Dr Anthony Kresevic who
has been very generous and accommodating. I have enjoyed working with Dr Shaku Shanmugam all my time here as well
as the other doctors, the vital team of nurses led by senior nurse Sylvia as well as the very helpful front desk staff with the
very capable and experienced practice manager Debbie.

I’m here til Christmas and then will be working and helping out in outback Australia over summer as well as a volunteer
trip to PNG before starting my new job/s where I still hope to periodically venture out on short-term trips.

I am grateful for many of you entrusting your care to me – some of you have been through very testing times in your health
and lives, and I hope that I have been of assistance to you with God’s help,

regards,

Dr Richard Wong

Edmonton Family Medical Launch New Website

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Edmonton Family Medical Centre are proud to announce that we have just launched our new website for patients with general info and online appointment bookings.

A big thanks to the team at Realised Technologies for this amazing website and all of the work that went into making it such an easy process for us.

Please feel free to browse our new site and take a look at some of our customer testimonials and staff interviews.

We look forward to your feedback and hope that you benefit from our new, improved online presence.