2019 ACT Women’s Day Award

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National Press Club address in lead up to International Women’s Day  

On 6 March at a National Press Club address, Anne Summers discussed the prospects for women in the 2019 Australian federal election, and the growing social and political consequences for conservative parties who fail to put forward women candidates. Read a Guardian article on the issue here.

You can read her full speech in BroadAgenda here, or view … Read more

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New Report from WCHM

On 11 April WCHM will be releasing our newest report – The stories of ACT women in prison: 10 years after the opening of the AMC. 

This report comes 10 years after WCHM published Invisible Bars: The Stories Behind The Stats in 2009, which aimed to provide insights into the impact that imprisonment and institutionalisation has on women.

Since … Read more

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Justice reinvestment for women in prison

During March, WCHM was pleased to receive some good news from Shane Rattenbury, the Minister for Corrections and Justice Health about plans to include initiatives for female detainees in the a new justice reinvestment program for the ACT: Building Communities Not Prisons. Following is the additional information he provided about the individual initiatives for female detainees and some further … Read more

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Contraception and abortion – Labour announcements

WCHM welcomed the announcement by the Federal Opposition to improve contraceptive access and make access to abortions easier, through public-funded abortions in hospitals. Read a related article in the Sydney Morning Herald here, and from SBS here.

WCHM’s 2018 report – Improving Choices and Options: The views of ACT women about their sexual and reproductive health needs – … Read more

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Free Cervical Screening Tests!

SHFPACT (Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT) is offering Cervical Screening Tests free for clients who book appointments in their nurse training clinics on selected dates from March through to June 2019. You can make an appointment today by calling 02 6247 3077.

Visit their website for more information.… Read more

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Heart Age Calculator

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2017 an average of 21 Australians every day died from heart attack, while 22 a day died from stroke. Australians of all ages are impacted with more than 30,000 Australians under the age of 55 having had a heart attack that has affected their lives for at least six months.

The Heart … Read more

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Launch of ‘It Takes a Village’

WCHM’s Deputy CEO attended the opening of a powerful new exhibition It Takes a Village, by the Hospital Foundation in partnership with Canberra Health Services and Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Featuring the works of eight leading Canberra artists, It takes a Village celebrates the diversity of our birthing village ­— everyone who nurtures and helps raise our … Read more