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Women's Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729581776

Women's Health

1st Edition

General Practice: The Integrative Approach Series

Authors: Kerryn Phelps Craig Hassed
eBook ISBN: 9780729581776
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 30th October 2012

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Women's Health - General Practice: The Integrative Approach Series covers Breast Disease, Gynaecology and Menopause and details the medical and consulting knowledge required of a General Practitioner.

There are approximately 400,000 consultations for breast symptoms each year in general practice in Australia. The vast majority of these will be due to hormonal or benign breast changes.The general practitioner is the first port of call for the effective investigation of these symptoms and, importantly, to exclude or confirm breast cancer. For the thousands of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, whether through mammographic screening or as a result of the investigation of a breast change, the GP provides information, treatment, surveillance and support throughout the patient’s journey, as a member of the patient’s treatment team.

Gynaecology is a large part of any general practice, and the conditions described are part of a general
practitioner’s everyday experience. While General Practitioners owe their female patients effective care in their own right, society also benefits when women are healthy and happy in their daily lives. Women are central to the mental,
physi cal, nutritional, educational and, frequently, economic health of their families and communities. By
managing the woman’s care effectively, we also benefit the health of her children, her partner and, often, her parents.

The menopause transition can be a time of great change and disturbance for some women. Symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness can greatly affect quality of life and, in most Western countries, around a quarter to a third of such affected women will seek medical attention.


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About the Authors

Kerryn Phelps

Affiliations and Expertise

Conjoint Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW

Craig Hassed

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Clinical Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department, Department of General Practice, Monash University