Australian Capital Territory

25 February, 2011

Name: Dr Chiragakis
Area: Gynaecologist
Private or public: Private. Can claim back on Medicare.
Contact number: (02) 6282 1504
Address: Corrinna Chambers, Corinna St, Phillip
Comments:
“Saw this doctor a few times regarding pain on intercourse. No mention of weight, and no suggestions of ‘lifestyle changes’. As far as I could tell, he didn’t regard my weight as a part of the problem.”

Name: ACT Sexual Health and Family Planning Clinic – All doctors and nurses.
Area: Sexual and reproductive health
Private or public: Private non-profit, has low-cost appointments for Health Care Card holders, Medicare rebates available for some appointments – varies by service
Contact number: (02) 6247 3077
Address: Level One, 28 University Ave, Canberra
Website: http://www.shfpact.org.au
Comments: “Fat-friendly, disability-friendly, queer-friendly, feminist, kind and non-judgemental. And the most painless cervical exams in town!”

Name: Marie Stopes Clinic, Canberra
Area: Sexual and reproductive health
Private or public: Private, fees vary, Medicare rebates available, private health rebates may be available.
Contact number: 1800 003 707
Address: 1st Floor, ACT Health Building, 54 Alinga Street, Canberra City
Website: http://www.mariestopes.org.au/our-australian-centres/canberra-city-centre. They have live online help, and online booking.
Comments: “Friendly and weight-neutral sexual and reproductive health including abortion. The nurse was kind about my anxiety of being weighed for anaesthetic and none of the staff ever mentioned weight besides that.”

Name: Dr Petrovsky
Area: Endocrinologist
Private or public: Public
Contact number:
Address: Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran
Comments:
“I see this doctor once every three months to monitor my thyroid levels.  Not once has he mentioned my weight, or even suggested ‘lifestyle changes’. There is a compulsory weigh-in (along with a blood- pressure check) when you first come in to the clinic (I’m told that it’s a monitoring aid – it’s understandable in that context).”