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Local gynaecologist helps girls and teens feel more comfortable about their bodies

Girls and teenagers with gynaecology problems no longer need to travel to the city to receive specialised care, thanks to a new clinic now open at Frankston Hospital.

Dr Deepti Rampal, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with specialist training in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, is running the new service, which started last year.

“After finishing my additional fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital, I noticed we were getting a lot of referrals from the Peninsula and parents were having to do all that travel,” explains Dr Rampal.

As a Peninsula resident, Dr Rampal decided to bring the service to Peninsula Health to help local girls.

One of the most common issues she helps with is periods.

“It can be challenging for girls who are differently abled and their mothers to manage their periods,” explains Dr Rampal.

“Sometimes it is very straight forward and sometimes it is not which is why we call them in for regular consultations.”

“Another common issue for all girls is period pain – girls need not have to worry about this, there are different options available to help.”

Dr Rampal also wants girls to know she is here to answer all of their questions about their bodies.

“I talk to girls about early puberty or delayed puberty, contraception, acne, and so forth.”

“They often ask simple questions about their body, like is everything looking normal?”

Helping girls feel more comfortable in their own body and about their development is the part of her job that Dr Rampal finds most rewarding.

“Sometimes transitioning into puberty can be a challenge and a bit of on awkward time in their life,” explains Dr Rampal.

“Being able to relate to every girl and explain in their own language what is happening so they are comfortable about growing is what I find most satisfying.”

As a mother herself to a 12-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy, Dr Rampal can easily relate to the young people who come to her clinic.

Dr Rampal has trained locally at Frankston Hospital and Monash Health to attain a specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology qualification. After that, she completed an additional Fellowship in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology at the Royal Children’s Hospital under the expert mentorship of Professor Sonia Grover.

As well as running the Paediatric/ Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic at Frankston Hospital, Dr Rampal also works as a visiting medical officer, delivering babies and seeing antenatal patients.

She splits the rest of her time between the Royal Children’s Hospital, private practice, her family and one of her favourite past times – watching Bollywood movies.

One of the highlights of her career so far has been caring for one patient over a number of years.

“I had been caring for a patient through the Children’s Hospital. Once she transitioned into an adult she saw me again when she was pregnant,” recalls Dr Rampal.

“To be able to gain and maintain that level of trust is truly a reward in itself”.

“It’s nice to have that long term relationship, where there is trust from when they are a young girl right through to adulthood.” 

To find out more about the Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology service contact Outpatients on 9784 2600.

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au