GP and Menopause Specialist on the Sunshine Coast

Hi, I’m Dr Hilma Starostina

I am an attentive and enthusiastic GP who believes in holistic patient
care. Growing up in Europe, I moved to England to complete my schooling and University education as well as Medical and General Practice training which included hospital placements in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Emergency Department, General Medicine, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.

Throughout my career as a Doctor I have seen many female patients with a number of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue or joint problems for which separate causes were considered, with patients being placed on a merry go round of tests and referrals. However, often times, the underlying cause of hormonal changes was not addressed.

dr hilma starostina

Dr Hilma Starostina
BSc, MBChB, MRCGP, FRACGP, Adv Cert PPMC, LoC IUT & SDI (FSRH)

Hormonal and other physiological changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause can affect even the most resilient women. Furthermore, hormonal changes can have long term health effects, such as increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. I believe that non-hormonal and, where appropriate, hormonal treatment in the form of MHT are important to consider for short term and long term wellbeing.

I hold an Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care, am a member of the Australian, British and International Menopause Societies and regularly attend national and international conferences. I am a Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Member of Royal College of General Practitioners (UK).

For menopause care several appointments will be required:

– Initial appointment 30 minutes (standard), 45 minutes (complex)
– Follow up appointments 15-30 minutes depending on circumstances

I am also interested in lifestyle and preventative medicine, in particular vascular disease and cardiovascular health.

I offer all GP Services with the following specialisms:

*  All aspects of Menopause care and Women’s Health
*  IUD including Mirena and Copper coils
*  Contraception implants (Implanon)
*  Cardiovascular health
*  Mental Health

For excellent resources regarding menopause please see:

https://www.menopause.org.au/health-info

https://www.menopause.org.au/images/factsheets/Menopause_What_are_the_symptoms.pdf

I currently see patients at Palmwoods and Woombye Family Medicine Clinics

Palmwoods Family Medicine Clinic
9 Margaret Street, Palmwoods Qld 4555
Phone:  07 5457 3788

Woombye Family Medicine Clinic
27 Blackall St, Woombye Qld 4559
Phone: 07 5442 2500

Professional – Friendly – Compassionate – Attentive

Special Interests

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Menopause

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Contraception

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Women’s Health

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Cardiovascular Health

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Mental Health