TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) is
pleased to announce that it will be expanding its Pap screening for
women with physical disabilities. Women with physical disabilities face
numerous barriers to accessing Pap tests, which may account for lower
rates of screening than able-bodied women. Echo: Improving Women's
Health in Ontario, a provincial agency dedicated to improving women's
health, recently selected AJHS as a demonstration site for women with
physical disabilities seeking Pap tests in order to support efforts to
adapt and adopt the AJHS model of practice across Ontario.
AJHS offers a barrier-free environment including a fully accessible
building equipped with ramps, elevators, electronic doors, ceiling
lifts and accessible examination tables. The Pap tests are provided
safely in a welcoming, non-judgmental way by Nurse Practitioners.
AJHS executive director, Brenda McNeil says, "we are very happy to
partner with Echo in its effort to increase access to cancer screening
for underserved groups of women around Ontario. AJHS is pleased to have
been selected as a 'best practice site' and our staff look forward to
sharing our knowledge and expertise in this important area of cervical
cancer screening." Many women with disabilities are under the
misconception that they do not need a Pap test while others find
physicians' offices are inconvenient and inaccessible. "We provide
longer appointment times and an attendant to assist with additional
needs due to physical limitations," says Janis Macdonald, Nurse
Practitioner at AJHS.
A Pap test is an important screening tool used to prevent the
development of cervical cancer. The test detects abnormal cervical
changes before they become cancerous. It is a woman's best protection
against cervical cancer.
38 per cent of women living with physical disabilities report having
difficulty accessing the examining table in their family doctor's
Women with disabilities are significantly less likely to receive regular
The Anne Johnston Health Centre (AJHS) is a not-for-profit, publicly
funded community health centre (CHC) located in Toronto. It offers
interdisciplinary staff and provides a variety of programs and services
to three target populations: youth, seniors and people with physical
disabilities. For people with disabilities, it offers Barrier Free
Programs including SexAbility and People on Wheels (POW).
About Echo: Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario is an agency of
the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Echo promotes equity and
improved health for women by working in collaborative partnerships with
the health system, communities, researchers and policy-makers. The
priority health issues include chronic disease management, sexual and
reproductive health and mental health and addictions.
SOURCE The Anne Johnston Health Station
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