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Farewell to Minister Fitzharris

On 26 June the ACT’s Minister for Health and Transport, Meegan Fitzharris, announced she would be leaving both the ministry and ACT Legislative Assembly.  She said it was a decision that stemmed “from a desire to better balance my family life”.

WCHM worked closely with her and her office in advocating about women’s health and wellbeing, and particularly their sexual … Read more

Queen’s Birthday Honours

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2019-20 ACT Budget

The 2019-20 ACT Budget was released on Tuesday 4 June by Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

WCHM was pleased to see more investments over the next four years in Safer Families Initiatives such as:

  • $813,000 to establish a permanent ACT Family Violence Death Review, which will make recommendations to prevent the likelihood of domestic violence deaths occurring in the future;
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GPs able to prescribe abortion drugs in ACT from 1 July

Women’s Centre for Health Matters welcomes the news that from 1 July, trained and registered GPs in Canberra will be able to prescribe medical termination of pregnancy medication. It means that women in the ACT who need to access this healthcare procedure can do so with their choice of GP, and can choose where and when they take the medication.… Read more

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30th Anniversary of Australia joining the global internet

It has been 30 years since Australia joined the global internet on June 23, 1989 – via a connection made by the University of Melbourne which was mostly used by computer scientists.  And the newly created world wide web was just three months old and largely unknown. The ABS Household Internet Access survey results for 2016-17 showed how much it … Read more

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National plan for living with chronic pain

On 17 June Pain Australia launched the new National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management. There was an election commitment of $6.8m to deliver better pain management across Australia, as well as the establishment of a National Advisory Council on Pain.

The Plan will now progress to the Australian Health Ministers Council, ahead of being presented to the Council of … Read more

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New Research on heart disease

New research out of the University of Sydney shows there are differences between the male and female heart. They found that women have greater blood flow to their heart muscle and greater space between their heart muscle cells. The findings may explain differences in how heart disease presents in men and women.

Among Australian women:
– Over half a million … Read more

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Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey

You are invited to have your say and complete the Jean Hailes Women’s 2019 Health Survey. Results of the national online survey are used to identify gaps in health information, and to encourage women to make practical, positive changes to their lives. The survey is online and it takes just 10 minutes to complete.… Read more

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The importance of belonging – World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day on 19 June, two of WCHM’s staff members (Julia and Sandra) attended the Importance of Belonging Public Forum: Finding refuge and building a new life in Canberra event to mark World Refugee Day. It was organised by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in partnership with the ACT Hazara Community Inc.

Our staff heard from the ACT … Read more