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Women’s health advice from Jean Hailes

How to bring your A-game to your frame (Published with the permission of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health)

What exercise or physical activity is best for bone health? You may have heard of the term ‘weight-bearing exercise’, but what does the term actually mean? And how do you get the most bang for your ‘exercise buck’ when it comes … Read more

Australian women to launch class action over failed Essure contraceptive device

Dozens of Australian women have signed up to be part of a class action lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Bayer, the makers of Essure, a contraceptive metal device inserted into the fallopian tubes.

Essure is marketed as a permanent contraceptive system that allows the user to avoid the need for surgical intervention required by tubal ligation. However, women using the device … Read more

New ANROWS research released

The forgotten victims: Prisoner experience of victimisation and engagement with the criminal justice system 

Many women in prison have experienced intimate partner violence. As this form of violence is often intergenerational and entrenched, women in prison are widely considered to be at particular risk of ongoing victimisation following release from custody. And yet, their support needs often go unrecognised, and … Read more

First ACT Aboriginal Magistrate appointed

WCHM was pleased to hear that Ms Louise Taylor, currently the deputy chief executive of the ACT Legal Aid Commission, has been appointed as Magistrate in the Magistrates Court. With her experience as a criminal lawyer, a prosecutor in the offices of both the Commonwealth and the ACT Directorates of Public Prosecutions and as head of the criminal law practice … Read more

WCHM work updates

WCHM staff have been involved representing the issues for ACT women in several face to face workshops including:

  • a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan Consultation Forum;
  • a Family Safety Hub design workshop in relation to reducing stigma in seeking help for domestic violence during pregnancy and after childbirth; and
  • two Commonwealth and ACT Government Consultations to develop the
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My Health Record – Update

My Health Record is designed to be a repository of your health information overtime, a way to share health information with healthcare providers in a way that is fully controlled by the individual through a secure online platform.

In July, WCHM was invited to an information session held by the Australian Digital Health Agency regarding the roll out of My … Read more

Equal Pay Day

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) states that the national gender pay gap has reached its lowest level in 20 years at 14.6%. So, this year, Equal Pay Day is on Friday 31 August, marking the 62 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same pay as men. Using … Read more

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Week

Next week is Women’s Health Week (3-7 September), which aims to get women thinking about their health and how to best take care of it.  An important part of staying well is regular health checks.

Check out the Jean Hailes illustrated e-Booklet which is a guide to the different health checks required through the journey of life.

And look out … Read more

Heart attack and gender: Same disease, different outcomes

Despite a perception that cardiovascular disease is a men’s problem, it is the leading cause of death for women and it is important they are able to recognise the warning signs.

This article discussed a recent study by researchers at the University of Sydney which revealed treatment gaps at the hospital level, with women half as likely as men to … Read more

Our Watch launch their No Excuse for Abuse campaign

Our Watch has launched No Excuse for Abuse, a new awareness campaign that is aimed at raising awareness of non-physical abuse and encouraging the community to recognise it as serious and inexcusable. Increasing recognition of what constitutes violence and ensuring that the community challenges the condoning of all forms of violence, both physical and non-physical.

The campaign is targeted … Read more