Rockdale Women’s Health Service to transition to general practice outreach model in 2017

As part of the commissioning process, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) have reviewed Rockdale Women’s Health Clinic and its capacity to provide cervical screening and women’s health checks in a way that best meets the needs of both GPs and their patients.

In order to provide access to screening for more women, and to better integrate the service with local general practices, Rockdale Women’s Health Clinic will transition to a general practice outreach model as of 1 January 2017.

Our research has demonstrated that a women’s health outreach service will offer the following benefits:

  • A three-fold increase in the number of women who can access cervical cancer screening for the same cost
  • Better integration with existing practice systems for monitoring and recalling women for cervical cancer screening
  • A service closer to the woman’s home, which is easily accessible to her
  • Builds on the existing relationship between the woman and her GP
  • Improves patient safety as both pathology requests and results only involve the GP

The service will particularly target GPs in the Rockdale and Kogarah areas who do not routinely offer cervical cancer screening in their practice, or who ordinarily choose to refer women elsewhere for screening. This service will be available to eligible practices at no cost.

In late October, we invited Requests for Proposal from suitable organisations to deliver the Rockdale Women’s Health Service via general practice outreach. We are pleased to advise that Family Planning NSW have been successful in their proposal.

Between 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2017, we will be working closely with Family Planning NSW to transition the existing service, with a view to closing the current clinic at the end of this transition period.
GPs who have previously shown interest in hosting the outreach nurse will be contacted by Family Planning NSW during the transition period.

All GPs in the St George region who are interested in hosting the outreach nurse are welcome to contact:

Kathy Burshtein
Business Manager
Family Planning NSW
8752 4256


Caroline Kaczorowski
Acting Manager, Population Health
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN
9330 9919 

Those GPs who are unable to host the outreach nurse will be supported to identify alternative pathways in order to ensure their patients have access to routine cervical cancer screening. Family Planning NSW will continue to accept referrals as per the current process until clinic sessions are booked out.

pdf Click here (279 KB) to view the letter posted to local GPs.