15 Jul BreastScreen Gladstone welcomes permanent radiographer
For the first time in nearly 10 years Gladstone Hospital has a permanent Radiographer – welcome to the region Paula Lawrence!
The Gladstone service has relied on visiting radiographers since it started in 2012, screening about 3000 women a year.
Paula has worked as a Breast Radiographer for 20 years, the past 15 with BreastScreen Queensland, and she is excited to be the first permanent Gladstone appointment.
“The service is one-on-one, and it is a personal relationship for that short time with the ladies,” Paula said.
“Breasts are a very sensitive area for women, and being a woman means I’m able to give that personal service.”
Paula is happy to be the first dedicated Gladstone radiographer appointed.
“It’s just meant to be,” she said.
“Women from regional areas are much nicer and are very grateful for the service BreastScreen provides.”
Paula has been visiting Gladstone from Brisbane as a radiographer since 2017.
With grown-up children, Paula’s husband always travelled with her, and they decided to move out of the city if the opportunity arose.
Paula trained in the United Kingdom and was originally recruited by Queensland Health from Manchester in 2007.
She has enjoyed travelling around Australia for work, spending 10 years working on the Gold Coast, moving to Melbourne and then back to Brisbane.
Outside of work, Paula and her musician husband go back to their Caribbean roots, playing gigs and cooking food with a Caribbean feel within their Hebrew faith.
They also enjoy walking, especially around Gladstone Harbour.
Women aged 50 to 74 should book a free BreastScreen today.
Call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au.
What is a breast screen?
A breast screen uses a special machine to look for very small cancers in breasts that can’t be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor.
A breast screen is also called a mammogram.
In a breast screen, each breast is placed onto the plate of the screening machine one at a time.
The machine will then press the breast onto the plate so the x – rays are as clear as possible.
The machine will take at least 2 pictures of each breast – one from the top and one from the side.
These pictures will later be read by at least two doctors who are specially trained to look for breast cancers on x – rays.