Dr Anne Peterson
Describe your role and how you support the health of women in the Macedon Ranges Shire.
“I have had a special interest in Women’s Health for years now in my principal practice at Ranges Medical in New Gisborne but I also work as a Specialist Women’s Health GP at Jean Hailes in East Melbourne and from the end of this month will also be working as a Specialist Women’s Health GP at Epworth Geelong’s Women’s Health Clinic.
I see my role as a Specialist Women’s Health GP to bring my intellect and passion to help women lead balanced, healthy and authentic lives. My medical passions include all aspects of women’s health but my particular interest is in the management of menopause and perimenopause as well as other hormonal issues such as premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and all aspects of hormonal contraception. Other expert areas include medical termination of pregnancy, implanon insertion, family planning and antenatal shared pregnancy care. Every year I attend the Australasian Menopause Society’s Annual Congress and I have access to the most up to date evidence based menopause medicine through my work at Jean Hailes. I also have a Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and am interested in helping young women fulfil their potential too. A more recent interest is in supporting the valuable work of my colleague at Ranges Medical, Dr. Susi Fox, in providing care to LGBTIQ+ and transgender patients when Susi is on leave or unavailable.
Why is it important for women to see a GP?
It is important for women to see a GP, particularly a GP who has a special interest in providing care to women, because many issues that impact on women’s health are not well managed or understood by GPs who have not done special training in this area and who have not kept up with the evidence base for care in these areas. I think this is so important in menopause care especially. When I see a new patient in my practice for menopause/perimenopause I spend 45 minutes with the patient and take an extensive history, perform relevant examinations and discuss the evidence for and against hormone therapy as it applies to that specific individual woman sitting in front of me. Reviews are 30 minute appointments.
Patients can book to see me by contacting one of our friendly receptionists at Ranges Medical on 8373 5420 or they can go to our website www.rangesmedical.com.au and book on line.”