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As a subscriber to the Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) newsletter we would appreciate your feedback about our work and our performance, which will help us to inform the development of our work plan over the next year.

We would appreciate you taking the time to complete this short online survey.  All responses are anonymous and confidential. … Read more

Free heart screenings in woden town square May 1st 11-2 pm

Free Heart Health Screening in Woden! 

On 1 May in Woden Town Square from 11 am to 2 pm the Heart Foundation will kick off Heart Week 2019 with FREE heart health screenings for all.… Read more

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National Day of Remembrance – Candle Lighting Ceremony

Every year in Australia over 100 women, children and men die directly because of domestic and family violence.  On the first Wednesday of May every year at 6pm, gatherings across Australia light up candles simultaneously in remembrance of those who have died.

This recognition of lives lost to intimate partner, domestic and family violence also acknowledges the profound, immediate and … Read more

Launch of new WCHM Report

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High Court’s decision to uphold safe access zones laws!

WCHM was pleased to hear the news that the High Court had rejected the legal challenge against laws that ban protesters from harassing patients and staff outside abortion clinics in Victoria and Tasmania.

This means that the High Court has confirmed that women have the right to access abortion clinics safely, without being accosted and intimidated by strangers, and that … Read more

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Election funding promises for women’s health

With many promises being made by politicians in the leadup to the election, this Buzzfeed article lists what the two major parties are promising when it comes to women’s health. In addition, the Federal Opposition party has pledged to double the Coalition’s spending on domestic violence if elected, read more here.… Read more

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New National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030

On April 9 the Federal Coalition Government released it’s National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 and the announcement of increased funding for specific issues. They also announced that they would provide further funding of $52.2 million to improve women’s health in a number of areas including:

  • $20 million for research to help Australian women in their fight against ovarian cancer with
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Out of pocket costs – Australians spend 34 billion a year

Australians are paying more for healthcare than most other developed nations, forking out $34 billion a year on out-of-pocket health costs, an analysis of official data reveals. The latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that of the $181 billion spent annually on health, 19% is paid directly from patients’ pockets. Those out-of-pocket costs equate to … Read more

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Future of Health Report

The CSIRO has launched a new report Future of Health – Shifting Australia’s focus from illness treatment to health and wellbeing management.

The report highlights that despite ranking among the heathiest people in the world. Australians spent an average of 11 years in ill health – the highest among OECD countries. Clinical care was reported to influence only 20 per … Read more

New App for women with disability who experience violence

A new App, called ‘Sunny’, has been developed by 1800RESPECT to help women with disability to have improved access to information and support about violence and abuse.

Sunny uses easy to read language to explain different forms of violence, and interactive stories are available which guide users through scenarios that can help them recognise violence. And an innovative custom keyboard … Read more