WellFemme was founded in late 2018 by Dr Kelly Teagle, a GP specialising in women’s health based in Canberra. She graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2001 and worked in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Medical Officer until 2010. As a civilian GP she gained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and developed her interest in women’s medicine with further studies and experience in reproductive and sexual health.
During this time Dr Teagle became very interested in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Ironically, at the age of 42 she experienced an early menopause herself. The symptoms were debilitating but very responsive to treatment, which led her to realise the importance of getting access to timely advice and care during menopause. Dr Teagle also noticed that her services could be largely delivered just by talking to women, and so the idea for a Telehealth menopause clinic was born.
Currently in Australia there are hundreds of thousands of women suffering with significant, untreated menopausal symptoms. Data published in 2016 estimated about 385,000 Australian women have untreated moderate to severe hot flushes. If we consider the spectrum of other perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms (mood, musculoskeletal, sleep probs, vaginal and urinary issues) that number will be very much greater.
One reason that women are having to put up with debilitating symptoms is a lack of access to healthcare providers with expertise in managing peri/ menopause. This is particularly problematic for women in regional, rural and remote areas who have limited choice of healthcare providers.
Affordability has also been a big problem, as there were no Medicare rebates available for Telehealth with sub-specialist GP services like WellFemme. Due to the COVID crisis however there are temporary Medicare item numbers available until 31st Dec 2021.
WellFemme exists to ensure that ALL Australian women have access to evidence-based menopause and perimenopause care. We will achieve this by:
WellFemme’s doctors are passionate about helping menopausal women reach their best potential. “Shared experiences are empowering experiences” says Dr Kelly Teagle. “This happens when we embrace and discuss what’s happening to us. Normalising menopause breaks down the fear and frees women to explore the potential of their “new normal”. That is WellFemme’s vision: healthy, happy women.”
Healthy, happy women.
To be at the forefront of integrated women’s health care.
WOMEN: our value of clients, staff and community members enables us to focus our business practices on maintaining a respectful, responsive environment that empowers and supports women.
INTEGRITY: Incorporates values of professionalism, truthfulness, responsibility, accountability, loyalty and self-awareness in our business practices to earn the commitment of staff, respect of family and friends, and the trust of our clients to become their partner in healthcare.
HEALTHY: We value a healthy, happy environment. We promote an energetic, enthusiastic workplace that inspires both staff and clients.
FAMILY: We prioritise our families and those of our clients. Our business practices are family-friendly, compassionate, flexible, inclusive, nurturing and non-judgemental.
SUSTAINABLE: We value a profitable, professionally-run business which is environmentally conscious and sustainable. Profits contribute to further business development and the support of community-based women’s health initiatives.
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