The Women’s Health hub is a central portal that provides links to already-existing, credible and trustworthy information about health, wellbeing and services in the ACT. The Women’s Health Hub is a direct response to the needs expressed by ACT women and published in WCHM’s research report It goes with the Territory! ACT women’s views about health and wellbeing information.

At WCHM we believe that when women have access to the health and wellbeing information they need their health decision-making is improved, as well as that of their partners, children, families and communities.

Below you can find information about Health Services, as well as an alphabetical list of ACT services, credible websites, and information relevant to women’s health.

We hope you find this information helpful, but if you have any comments, queries or suggestions please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at admin@wchm.org.au or call us on 6290 2166.

General Health Services in the ACT

  • The ACT Women’s Health Service

    The ACT Women’s Health Service sees women who have significant difficulty in accessing health services due to the impact of Violence, abuse or neglect; language or cultural barriers; homelessness or risk of homelessness; substance abuse issues; mental health issues; disability, sexual identity issues; or identifying as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

    Website Link Here

  • Local Doctor or General Practitioner (GP)

    For most health problems and health checks, phone your local doctor for an appointment (a time to visit). Doctors are open at different times. If you need help and your doctor is closed, phone Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for doctors who provide after-hours services or home visiting services.

    If you need to find a GP in your area then you can view this listing of GP’s by suburb.

    And if you or your family need a doctor on a weeknight, weekend or public holiday, you can also call the National Home Doctor Service.

  • Walk-in Centres

    For treatment of minor illness and injury (like colds, eye or ear infections, and minor cuts), go to a Walk-in Centre between 7:30am and 10:00pm on any day (seven days a week). You do not need to make an appointment. The Walk-in Centres can only help adults and children over 2 years old.

    Belconnen Walk-in Centre
    Belconnen Community Health Centre, cnr Lathlain and Cohen Streets, Belconnen

    Tuggeranong Walk-in Centre
    Tuggeranong Community Health Centre
    Crn Anketell And Pitman Streets, Tuggeranong

    Website Link Here

  • Pharmacy or Chemist

    For advice about minor illness and injury, go to your local pharmacy (also called a chemist). Pharmacies are open at different times. Usually, you do not need to make an appointment.

    Website Link Here

  • Healthdirect health information phone line

    If you do not know what to do about a health problem, or you do not know which health service to go to in your area, phone Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 at any time (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

  • ACT Health Services

    You can also find ACT health services information online at the Website Link Here 

  • Emergency Department

    For serious illness or injury (like breathing problems, bleeding that does not stop, broken bones, head injuries, or chest pain), call 000 for an ambulance or go to a hospital Emergency Department at any time (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

A – Z Health Information 

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Other Useful Links

A

Abortion

Websites

Terminations – Gynaecology Centres Australia

Gynaecology Centres Australia (GCA) has been providing first trimester pregnancy termination services since 1998. This website provides detailed information about abortions and details the difference between a medical and surgical abortion.

For Women -Children By Choice

Children by Choice is a safe space to talk about sexual and reproductive health choices. They have been supporting women experiencing unplanned pregnancy for over 40 years, and are unbiased and confidential. They are a pro-choice, all options service, and will support you no matter what your decision is. They can help you: if you think you might be pregnant; if you’re pregnant and are not sure what to do; if you’re having trouble talking to the man involved in the pregnancy, or telling other people in your life about the pregnancy; if you’re looking for information on your options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting; if you’re seeking support after having an abortion; and if you’re looking for info on your contraceptive options.


Local Services

Terminations – Gynaecology Centres Australia

Gynaecology Centres Australia (GCA) has been providing first trimester pregnancy termination services since 1998. They also provide 24-hour phone contact for advice and management.

Location: 7 Morisset Street, Qeanbyen, NSW

Phone: 02 6299 5559

Unplanned pregnancy counselling service Sexual Health Family Planning (ACT)

SHFPACT offers a free counselling service for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, a pregnancy which they are unsure about continuing.

Location: 28 University Ave, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 62473077

Dr Marie
Dr Marie services include medical abortion, surgical abortion, vasectomy, contraception, long-acting reversible contraception, decision-based counselling and 24-hour aftercare.

Location: 1 Moore Street, Canberra City, ACT 

Phone: 1300 405 568

Phone Services

Dr Marie
1800 003 707 (24 hour helpline)

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Websites

ATODA Services Directory – ATODA

ATODA has developed an ACT AOD services online directory.  Services are sorted by category and are also listed alphabetically by service name.  This is a useful resource for primary care clinicians and GPs who need information or referral options for their patients.

DrugInfo – Alcohol and Drug Foundation

DrugInfo is a service provided by the Australian Drug Foundation that offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms

Alcohol – Jean Hailes 

What is risky drinking? How much alcohol is too much?  Why do women process alcohol differently to men? These questions and many more are answered along with tips for drinking responsibly.


Local Services

Directions Health Services

Directions Health Services is one of the Canberra region’s most experienced community organisations delivering programs and services to people impacted by alcohol, drugs and other addictions.

Location: Level 6, Cosmopolitan Centre, Woden Square, Woden ACT

Phone: 02 6132 4800

Toora AOD Services

Toora AOD Services deliver trauma-informed alcohol and other drug treatment for women in the ACT and surrounding areas. They offer a range of wrap around treatment and support programs.

Phone: 02 6241 7233

ACT Health

ACT Health offers information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support twenty-four hours a day. ACT Health offers services for individuals, their family and friends, general practitioners, other health professionals, and business and community groups.

Location: Level 1, 1 Moore Street, Canberra City, ACT

Phone: 02 6207 9977


Apps

On Track with The Right Mix – FREE

The app provides personalised feedback on the user’s risk of alcohol-related harms, based on the current Australian alcohol guidelines. There is also an interactive animation that tests how accurately the user can gauge a standard drink. Users can graph their drinking and spending and send this data to their doctor, support person or friend.

VicHealth

The VicHealth “Healthy Living Apps Guide” allows you to search for the best healthy living apps available. The advanced search allows you to search based on price, type of device, your age, and your healthy living interest. Each app has a detailed overview, allowing you to understand the apps functions without having to download it first.

Anxiety

Websites

Anxiety: learn, think, do – Jean Hailes 
With 1 in 3 women in Australia experiencing an anxiety disorder in their lifetime, this website has been developed to help women understand more about worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders at different times in their lives with easy to understand information, self-assessment and self-management tools, videos with experts and podcast stories from real women.

MoodGYM
MoodGYM is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment. Using flashed diagrams and online exercises, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and works through dealing with stress and relationship break-ups, as well as teaching relaxation and meditation techniques. MoodGYM is an independent resource developed and delivered by the Australian National University, and users are able to access the site free of charge.

This Way Up
This Way Up is an Internet-based learning program to treat anxiety and depressive disorders created by the University of New South Wales and St Vincent’s Hospital. The courses are based on the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for individuals who experience sadness (Depression), shyness (Social Phobia), panic (Panic Disorder) and worry (Generalised Anxiety Disorder). Individuals need to be referred to the courses by their GP or mental health professional and there is a small fee associated.

Anxiety – Beyond Blue

Learn more about anxiety on this informative page set up by Beyond Blue. Learn the signs, symptoms, listen to personal stories, and take the online Anxiety Check List.

Anxiety and Menopause

This article explores why this time in a woman’s life can be a trigger for anxiety and techniques to combat it.


Local Services

nextstep Low Intensity

The low intensity service is a free and confidential support service to help people tackle day to day pressures. Low intensity interventions are delivered by a non-clinical workforce who have received intensive, structured training to support clients in setting practical goals that will help them get back on track over a six session basis. Appointments occur over the phone or face-to-face.

Phone: 02 6287 8066

email: nextstep@chnact.org.au

nextstep High Intensity

The high intensity service is a free and confidential support service that builds off the low intensity model to provide more intensive psychological interventions to clients with moderate to severe presentations. Interventions are delivered by trained mental health professionals. Interventions are provided across a six to 18 session basis dependent on the individual’s needs.

Phone: 6287 8090

email: nextstep@chnact.org.au

Headspace

Headspace is an early intervention youth mental health service for young people aged 12-25 and their families to get support for mild to moderate mental health and substance use issues. headspace is located in both the ACT and Queanbeyan.

Location: 170 Haydon Drive, Level B, Building 18, University of Canberra, Bruce,  ACT

Phone: 02 6201 5343

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service used for assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations.

Phone: 6205 1065 (office hours)


Phone Services

Lifeline
13 11 14

Lifeline Canberra takes calls from people who are in need of support at times of crisis. The crisis may be large or small, immediate or ongoing; whatever the situation counsellors provide impartial, non-judgmental, confidential counselling.

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team
1800 629 354

6205 1065 (office hours)

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service used for assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations.

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day 7 days a week across Australia.


Factsheets

Better Access – Department of Halth and Ageing

A fact sheet that gives an overview of how to access the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative. Under this initiative, Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists, psychologists (clinical and registered) and eligible social workers and occupational therapists.


Apps

Pacifica – Stress & Anxiety – PAID

Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address them based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and mood/health tracking.

VicHealth

The VicHealth “Healthy Living Apps Guide” allows you to search for the best healthy living apps available. The advanced search allows you to search based on price, type of device, your age, and your healthy living interest. Each app has a detailed overview, allowing you to understand the apps functions without having to download it first.

You may also be interested in; Depression, Mental Health

Arthritis

Websites

Arthritis Australia

Arthritis Australia is the peak body and works on behalf of the nearly four million Australian living with arthritis. Learn more about arthritis and how to manage it with the information available on the website.

Empowered

The Empowered site brings together a range of people living with arthritis so you can hear directly from them, their rheumatologists, general practitioners and allied health supporters on how they have managed to survive, and thrive, with arthritis.

Exercise and Arthritis – Virtual Medical Centre

This page from The Virtual Medical Centre outlines the following information about Exercise and Arthritis; Introduction to Arthritis and Physical Activity, How does physical activity help with arthritis?, How often should I do physical activity?, What activities can I do?, Will I need to join a gym?, Where else can I get help?, Examples of basic exercises.


Local Services

Arthritis ACT

A variety of groups meet regularly. These provide the opportunity to share information and encouragement in living effectively with a chronic condition.

Location: Level 2A, Grant Cameron Community Centre, 27 Mulley Street, Holder, ACT

Phone: 02 6288 4244


Factsheets

Arthritis Australia

A list of detailed factsheets provided by Arthritis Australia.

You may also be interested in; Bone Health, Osteoporosis

B

Bladder Cancer

Websites

Bladder Cancer – Cancer Council

This webpage by the Cancer Council Australia details information about Bladder Cancer, such as; What is it?, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, Prognosis, Screening, and Prevention.

Bladder Cancer – Better Health Channel

This webpage is split in subheadings so it is easy to find the detailed information you need about specific aspects of bladder cancer.


Factsheets

Understanding bladder cancer – Cancer Council Austrlia

This booklet has been designed to help you, your family and friends understand how bladder cancer is diagnosed and treated. It also includes information about support services.

You may also be interested in; Bowel Cancer, Cancer

Bone Health

Websites

Know your bones!

Know your bones offers an online self-assessment for your bone health, blogs and answers to frequently asked questions surrounding bone health

Bone Health for Life – Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes have compiled a wide range of information about bone health for women.

You may also be interested in; Arthritis, Osteoporosis

Bowel Cancer

Websites

“What To Expect” Bowel Cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Australia – Department of Health

The Bowel Cancer Screening Program Australia is a national screening program. This website provides information about bowel screening, bowel health, and where and how to access bowel screening services.

Bowel Cancer – Cancer Council

This webpage by the Cancer Council Australia details information about Bowel Cancer, such as; What is it?, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, Prognosis, Screening, and Prevention.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Australia – Department of Health

The Bowel Cancer Screening Program Australia is a national screening program. This website provides information about bowel screening, bowel health, and where and how to access bowel screening services.


Factsheets

Understanding Bowel Cancer – Cancer Council Australia

Many people feel understandably shocked and upset when told they have bowel cancer. This booklet has been made to help you, your family and friends understand how bowel cancer is diagnosed and treated. There is also information about support services.

You may also be interested in; Bladder Cancer, Cancer

Breast Cancer

Websites

“What to expect” Breast Cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

Breast Cancer – Cancer Australia

This site provides information about breast cancer, including; What is breast cancer? What are the different types of breast cancer? What are the symptoms of breast cancer? What are the risk factors for breast cancer? How is breast cancer diagnosed? Treatment options, Finding support, and links to Cancer support organisations.

Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer – Palliative Care Australia/Breast Cancer Network Australia

This site provides tailored information for those living with or affected by Matastic Breast Cancer. By answering a short questionair the website will find factsheets and information that is most relevant to your needs.

Breast Screen Australia – Department of Health

BreastScreen Australia is the national breast cancer screening program. This page provides information about breast screening, breast health, and where and how to access breast screening services.

Breast Cancer – Cancer Council Australia

This page provides an overview of breast cancer, including; What is it, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, Prognosis, Screening, and Prevention.

Breast Cancer Network Australia 

This website has information regarding, Understanding breast cancer, Breast health & awareness, Metastatic breast cancer, and Health & wellbeing


Local Services

Breast screen – ACT Health

BreastScreen ACT is part of a national population breast screening program that is aimed at reducing deaths from breast cancer through early detection. This page contains information about the services ACT Community Health Centres provide as well as who is eligible to use the breast screen service, cost, and how to make an appointment.

Phone: 13 20 50

ACT Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies ACT Inc is a non-profit organisation of volunteers who provide personal support to breast cancer patients and their families and supporters in the ACT and surrounding region. This page shows local support groups and meet ups throughout the ACT.

Location: Pearce Community Centre, Building 1, Collett Place, Pearce,  ACT

Phone: 0406 376 500


Factsheets

Understanding Breast Cancer – Cancer Council Australia

This booklet  has been designed to help you, your family and friends understand how breast cancer is diagnosed and treated. There is also information about support services.

Breast Prostheses and Reconstruction – Cancer Council Australia

Before or after a mastectomy, you may think about getting a breast prosthesis or having a breast reconstruction. A prosthesis is an artificial breast worn inside a bra. It is also called a breast form. A reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to create a permanent breast using your own tissue and skin, and/or an implant. This booklet aims to help you understand both options. It covers the process for accessing them, costs and follow-up care. It also includes lists of possible advantages and disadvantages, which may be helpful in your decision-making process.

You may also be interested in; Breast Health, Cancer

Breast Feeding

Websites

Australian Breast Feeding Association

The Australian Breastfeeding Association offers a wide range of information about breastfeeding and the difficulties that can surround it. Find answers to common breast feeding questions, join the forum, access local services and meet up groups, and look at new breast feeding products available.

Breast Feeding

Jean Hailes provides a page about Breast Feeding which covers information such as; Lactation mastitis, Emotions, and Libido.

Breast Feeding

This page from The Virtual Medical Centre outlines the following information about Breast Feeding; Nutrition during breastfeeding, Breastfeeding and caffeine consumption, Contraception after childbirth and during breastfeeding, Breastfeeding as a contraceptive method, Breastfeeding and the workplace, Expressing breastmilk, Breast and nipple thrush, Services.


Local Services

Australian Breast Feeding Association

The Australian Breast Feeding Association was founded by a group of mothers with the aim of helping other mothers and this ‘mother-to-mother’ support is the keystone of our local groups. You can come along to these groups and meet new friends, chat to and get hints and tips from other mothers who’ve ‘been there’ and talk to a trained, volunteer breastfeeding counselor if needed.

Location: Chifley Health & Wellbeing Hub, 3 / 70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley, ACT

Phone: 02 9634 3915


Phone Services

Breastfeeding helpline

1800 686 268

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268). The Breastfeeding Helpline is available 7 days a week. It is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system in their own homes.


Apps

Breastfeeding – Baby Tracker – FREE

Record and log breastfeeding times, complementary feedings, sleeps, crying, weight, length/height and head circumference of your baby as well as your pumping times or even self-defined events.

Feed Baby – Baby Tracker – FREE

This app simplifies the logging and recording of your newborns breast feeds so that you can have more free time to yourself.

You may also be interested in; Parenting, Pregnancy.

Breast Health

Websites

Breast screen – ACT Health

BreastScreen ACT is part of a national population breast screening program that is aimed at reducing deaths from breast cancer through early detection. This page contains information about the services ACT Community Health Centres provide as well as who is eligible to use the breast screen service, cost, and how to make an appointment.

Breast health & breast reconstruction – The Royal Women’s Hospital

The Royal Women’s Hospital’s Breast Health page has detailed information and fact sheets about breast health such as; Normal changes in your breasts, Breast cysts, Breast soreness, Tests for breast changes, Open biopsies, Fibroadenomas, and Breast reconstruction.

Breast Health – Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Jean Hailes have created a comprehensive web page of information about breast health.

Breast Awareness – Breast Cancer Network Australia 

A comprehensive guide and over view to breast self-examinations.


Local Services

Breast screen – ACT Health

BreastScreen ACT is part of a national population breast screening program that is aimed at reducing deaths from breast cancer through early detection. This page contains information about the services ACT Community Health Centres provide as well as who is eligible to use the breast screen service, cost, and how to make an appointment.

Phone: 13 20 50

You may also be interested in; Breast Cancer

C

Cancer

Websites

Cancer Council ACT

Cancer Council ACT is a non-government not-for-profit community organisation that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region. Cancer Council ACT can help to answer many questions relating to cancer and assist with concerns as well as linking to relevant services in the ACT area.

Self Skin Examination

Information about; Fast facts about identifying a suspicious mole, the importance of identifying suspicious moles, skin appearance and changes, skin self-examinations for skin cancer, who should perform skin self-examination?, how often should skin self-examination be performed?, how to perform a skin self-examination, where to examine, using mirrors, recording information, when to see a doctor, red flags in adults, red flags in children, clinical skin examination for skin cancer.


Phone Services

Cancer Council

13 11 20

Cancer Council is a free, confidential telephone information and support service.

Specially trained staff can answer your questions about all aspects of cancer, including prevention, early detection and treatment. They can also assist with practical and emotional support as well as referring you to appropriate services in the area.


Factsheets

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Cancer

This booklet has been made to help you find practical ways to adapt to any physical and emotional changes and discover new ways to enjoy intimacy while going through cancer treatment.

Hair Loss

This fact sheet provides information on hair loss that may result from cancer treatment.

Cancer and Your Finances

This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about how to manage your finances after a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Work and You

This booklet contains information about how cancer can affect your ability to work, tips about working during treatment, things to consider when returning to work after a break due to treatment, information for working carers, and an overview of your rights and entitlements.

Emotions and Cancer

This booklet has been made to help you understand the common reactions people have when they are diagnosed with cancer. It offers a range of suggestions for adjusting to the diagnosis, as well as information about support services.

Exercise for People with Cancer

This booklet has been prepared to help you understand the importance of exercise, and to provide information about the benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment. It includes tips on exercise preparation, plus some examples of exercise techniques that you can do at home. There is also information about support services that may assist you.

Fertility and Cancer

This booklet has been made to help you understand how to preserve your fertility before treatment and protect it during treatment, and explain your options after treatment.

Nutrition and Cancer

This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about nutrition, and to provide information about eating well during and after cancer treatment. It includes tips on ways to manage common eating problems, plus recipes to make at home


Apps

SunSmart – Free

The SunSmart app lets you know when you need sun protection across Australia and when its safe
to get some sun for vitamin D, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all
year.
With a few clicks, you can find a 7 day weather forecast, the UV level and sun protection
times for your local area in Australia so you will always be prepared for the day ahead.

Personalise the sun protection alert to remind you of the daily sun protection times, either at a
time of your choice or when the UV reaches a level where sun protection is required.

Use the vitamin D Tracker to find out if you are getting enough UV exposure to help with your
vitamin D levels

Sun protection times are issued daily by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Skin Vision – Free

The application allows users to take high quality pictures with the app’s advanced camera, assess the skin cancer risk of their moles and skin conditions, and find out the unique recommendations based on their risk assessment. With the personal gallery, users have the option to compare pictures over time and easily share their images with a doctor

You may also be interested in; Bladder Cancer, Bowel Cancer, Breast Cancer

Contraception

Websites

Sexual Health and Family Planning

This webpage gives a detailed overview of types of the types contraceptives available and how they can be used.

My Best Fit – Dr Marie

This website contains a short series of questions to find the best contraceptive method for you. Or you can compare or view information on specific contraceptive methods.

Contraception – Dr Marie

This webpage gives detailed descriptions about the kinds of contraception available.


Local Services

Sexual Health and Family Planning

SHFPACT offers a holistic, confidential and respectful service to Canberra and the region, including contraceptive advice, information & services. This factsheet gives an overview of the various contraceptive methods available in Australia.

Location: Level One, 28 University Avenue, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6247 3077


Factsheets

Contraception after 40 

This factsheet offers great information about the options available for contraception for women over 40.

Depo Povera

This factsheet by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is all about Depo Povera, including effectiveness, possible side effects, pregnancy, who should not use Depo Povera, as well as the benefits. It is designed to help you decide if Depo Povera is right for you.

Diaphragms

This factsheet by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is all about diaphragms, what they are, their effectiveness and how to wear them, insert and remove them, have them fitted and take care of them. It is designed to help you decide if diaphragms are right for you.

Implanon

This factsheet by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is all about Implanon, including what it is, insertion and removal, risks and advantages and other general considerations. It is designed to help you decide if Implanon is the right contraceptive for you.

The Pill

This factsheet by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is all about the combined pill, including who can take it, how to take it, health risks and benefits and other general information. It is designed to help you decide if the combined pill is right for you.

Mirena IUD

This factsheet by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is all about the Mirena IUD, including what it is, insertion and removal, risks and advantages and other general considerations. It is designed to help you decide if an IUD is the right contraceptive for you.

Emergency Contraception

This factsheet by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is all about Emergency Contraception, including what it is, how it works, how effective it is, how you take it, the side effects, and where to get it.

You may also be interested in; Abortion, Pregnancy, Sexual and Reproductive Health

D

Death and Dying

Websites

Canberra Grief Centre

Canberra Grief Centre offer councilling, training and education, professional debriefing, bereavement support groups, and workshops in Canberra.

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia produces a number of simple resources for consumers and health professionals about palliative care. The resources are also available in other languages

Grief and Loss – Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes have created a page that details information as well as answers to some common questions about grief, including; The language of loss, What affects grief?, Is there a typical pattern of grieving?, When to seek help?, Types of loss, How long does grief last?, Management & coping strategies


Local Services

Canberra Grief Centre

Canberra Grief Centre offer councilling, training and education, professional debriefing, bereavement, support groups, and workshops in Canberra.

Location: Unit 6, 1 Geils Court, Deakin,  ACT

Phone: 0409 966 515 or 0401 344 577

Palliative Care ACT

Palliative Care ACT is a free of charge service that offers a range of services to support the terminally ill. This website explores those services as well as providing further advice and information about palliative care.

Location: 5 Flemington Road, Lyneham, ACT 

Phone: 02 6255 5771


Factsheets

Understanding Grief – Cancer Council

Understanding Grief is a publication from the Cancer Council. It details information about grief as well as grief related to cancer and useful websites.

You may also be interested in; Miscarriage & Still Births

Dental

Websites

Australian Dental Association

The Australian Dental Association’s aim is to encourage the improvement of the oral and general health of the public. The website provides information about dental health at various stages of life by categorising articles in age groups, as well as resources about accessing dental health services.

American Dental Association

This webpage written by the American Dental Association outlines the different times in a women’s life that she is more susceptible to gum disease and how to prevent it.

Diabetes

Websites

Diabetes Australia
A non-profit organisation, Diabetes Australia works in partnership with diabetes consumer organisations, health professionals, educators and researchers to minimise the impact of diabetes in the Australian community. Diabetes Australia is committed to turning diabetes around through awareness, prevention, detection, management and the search for a cure.

Diabetes NSW/ACT

This website contains information about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes NSW & ACT works proactively to improve the day-to-day lives of people living with diabetes.

Pregnancy and Diabetes

This website details information specifically related to pregnant women with diabetes and their support networks.


Local Services

Diabetes Service and Endocrinology Service

This webpage provides information about services offered by The ACT Health Diabetes Service and Endocrinology Service and how to access them.

Diabetes NSW/ACT

This website contains links to events happening within the ACT and NSW areas for those in the community.

Location: Level 1, 101 Northbourne Ave, Turner, ACT

Phone: 02 6248 4500


Phone Services

Diabetes NSW/ACT

1300 136 588

Diabetes NSW & ACT works proactively to improve the day-to-day lives of people living with diabetes. They aim to make things easier by educating carers, employers and the general public. The Infoline is open Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am – 12:30 pm.

Depression

Websites

MoodGYM
MoodGYM is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment. Using flashed diagrams and online exercises, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and works through dealing with stress and relationship break-ups, as well as teaching relaxation and meditation techniques. MoodGYM is an independent resource developed and delivered by the Australian National University, and users are able to access the site free of charge.

This Way Up
This Way Up is an Internet-based learning program to treat anxiety and depressive disorders created by the University of New South Wales and St Vincent’s Hospital. The courses are based on the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for individuals who experience sadness (Depression), shyness (Social Phobia), panic (Panic Disorder) and worry (Generalised Anxiety Disorder). Individuals need to be referred to the courses by their GP or mental health professional and there is a small fee associated.

Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

BluePages
BluePages provides information about depression and its treatment. The site includes reviews of the available scientific evidence for a wide range of treatments. It also incorporates information about the experience and symptoms of depression and state-based resources for help. BluePages is an independent resource developed and delivered by the Australian National University, and users are able to access the site free of charge.

Beyond Blue

This website has been specifically designed by Beyond Blue for women. It contains information and sotries relating to women’s experiences with depression.

Jean Hailes

Sometimes it is hard to know if what you are experiencing is sadness or depression. The symptoms, causes, management and treatment of depression are discussed along with how to get a mental health care plan from your doctor and tips on what to do if someone you know is depressed.

MumSpace – Perinatal Depression e-Consortium

MumSpace is Australia’s new one-stop website supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families. MumSpace is designed to connect you quickly with the level of support you need, from advice and support in the transition to parenthood, to effective online treatment programs for perinatal depression and anxiety. The resources on MumSpace will help you ‘step-up’ to whichever level of support suits you best. MumSpace is also a resource for your healthcare professional.


Local Services

nextstep Low Intensity

The low intensity service is a free and confidential support service to help people tackle day to day pressures. Low intensity interventions are delivered by a non-clinical workforce who have received intensive, structured training to support clients in setting practical goals that will help them get back on track over a six session basis. Appointments occur over the phone or face-to-face.

Phone: 02 6287 8066

email: nextstep@chnact.org.au

nextstep High Intensity

The high intensity service is a free and confidential support service that builds off the low intensity model to provide more intensive psychological interventions to clients with moderate to severe presentations. Interventions are delivered by trained mental health professionals. Interventions are provided across a six to 18 session basis dependent on the individual’s needs.

Phone: 6287 8090

email: nextstep@chnact.org.au

Headspace

Headspace is an early intervention youth mental health service for young people aged 12-25 and their families to get support for mild to moderate mental health and substance use issues. headspace is located in both the ACT and Queanbeyan.

Location: 170 Haydon Drive, Level B, Building 18, University of Canberra, Bruce,  ACT

Phone: 02 6201 5343

PANDSI

PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information inc) offers information concerning a range of disorders to women, partners and interested others including health professionals. It provides ongoing telephone support, drop-in services and facilitated support groups (by trained support workers). They offer a range of services including: Telephone Support, Day Support Group, Playgroup, Yoga, Evening Support Group, Fitness and Support Group, Dads Information Night, and Library of books and DVDs.

Location: 6 Minns Place, Weston,  ACT

Phone: 02 6288 1936

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team 

Phone: 6205 1065 (office hours)

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service used for assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations.


Phone Services

Lifeline
13 11 14

Lifeline Canberra takes calls from people who are in need of support at times of crisis. The crisis may be large or small, immediate or ongoing; whatever the situation counsellors provide impartial, non-judgmental, confidential counselling.

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team
1800 629 354

6205 1065 (office hours)

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service used for assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations.

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day 7 days a week across Australia.


Online Forums

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue have a range of forums for you to connect with others and discuss mental health. The forum is monitored and has rules and regulations which allow for safe posting and searching.


Factsheets

Depression during pregnancy – Black Dog Institute

This factsheet from the Black Dog Insitute covers; Types of depression during pregnancy and the postnatal period, Symptoms of postnatal depression, Causes of pregnancy related depression, Risk factors and triggers for pregnancy related depression, and Finding help.


Apps

VicHealth

The VicHealth “Healthy Living Apps Guide” allows you to search for the best healthy living apps available. The advanced search allows you to search based on price, type of device, your age, and your healthy living interest. Each app has a detailed overview, allowing you to understand the apps functions without having to download it first.

You may also be interested in; Anxiety, Mental Health

Domestic Violence

Websites

Help Stop DV!

WHAT CAN YOU DO? is a website designed to give you information so that you know what you can do to help and can identify and speak out about domestic and family violence (including sexual violence).

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

The DVCS website contains some useful resources including information about; what you can do during a violent incident at home, preparing to leave your home, staying safe once a relationship has terminated, and keeping safe on social media

Women Talk Money

Women Talk Money is a resource created by WIRE, an information and support service for women in Victoria. This website contains 3minute videos that speak about issues women can face with their money, including financial abuse. The three chapters the videos cover are; An Introduction, Your Money and Your life, and Putting it into Practice.

Violence Against Women – Jean Hailes

This webpage from Jean Hailes contains information about; Domestic Violence statistics, what makes something ‘abuse’, how to help someone you know who you think is experiencing abuse, what to do, and where to go for help.

Domestic Violence Prevention Council

This website from DVPC provides information for family, friends, and support networks of people experiencing domestic violence. This part of the website includes information for people currently experiencing domestic violence, including information about; what you can do, services you can access in the ACT, staying safe at work.

1800 RESPECT

1800 Respect is a detailed website that has information about domestic and sexual violence, including information about; getting help, how to support if you are a family or friend, how to support if you are working with someone experiencing abuse, resources and services available. It is also a 24/7 counselling service.

Life Line

This webpage from Life Line details information about; forms of abuse and violence, effects of domestic violence, how to leave a violent relationship, and what your rights are.


Local Services

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) provides a variety of services including 24hr telephone counselling, support and access to safe accommodation.

Phone: 02 6280 0900

Relationships Australia

Specialist Family Violence support and prevention is a confidential service for couples or families who are having difficulties managing conflict that may result in hostility, violence or abuse. Violence can involve a range of negative behaviours which include; shouting, pushing, shoving, breaking or smashing items, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, economic and emotional control, and isolation.
Location: 15 Napier Close, Deakin, ACT, 2600
Phone: 02 6122 7100

The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) can provide counselling services that are free of charge and can offer victims/survivors with support and advocacy and also provide support to non-offending parents of children who have been sexually assaulted.

Phone: (02) 6247 2525 (crisis line 7.00am-11.00pm, 7 days a week)

Nguru

The Nguru Program provides culturally appropriate counselling for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, who have experienced sexual assault, and their families.

Phone: (02) 6247 2525 (7.00am-11.00pm, 7 days a week)

Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)

A 24-hour crisis callout service is available through the Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC).

Location: FAMSAC is located at the Canberra Sexual Health Centre located at Canberra Hospital.

Phone: 02 6244 2185

or  02 6244 2222 (Canberra Hospital switchboard)


Phone Services

1800 Respect 

1800 737 732

1800 Respect National is a confidential online and telephone counselling, information and referral service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is for those experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence. Victims of sexual assault, domestic and family violence, as well as their family and friends, can call 1800RESPECT.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

02 6280 0900 (24 hour crisis line)

TTY 62 281 852 (Telephone Type Writer for Hearing Impaired)

To access ACT support in a crisis, DVCS is available by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers can remain anonymous if desired. Telephone support includes crisis counselling, information, options and support.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

6247 2525 (7am until 11pm, 7 days a week)

CRCC is available for any woman, child, young person or man who has experienced any form of sexual abuse (adult rape, childhood sexual abuse, ritual abuse or sexual harassment) whether it is a recent assault or an assault that happened years ago.

Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)

6244 2185

6244 2222 (Canberra Hospital switchboard)

A 24-hour crisis callout service is available through the Forensic & Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC).

Relationships Australia

1300 364 277

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. Their Specialist Family Violence support and prevention is a confidential service for couples or families who are having difficulties managing conflict that may result in hostility, violence or abuse.

Life Line

13 11 14 (24hours a day)

Life Line offer a phone service 24hrs a day for those thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis.

You may also be interested in; Sexual Violence, Mental Health

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Eating Disorders

Websites

The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders
The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders is dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image. The website offers information on eating disorders, support groups available and education for professionals and carers.

Eating Disorders Victoria
Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) provides a comprehensive support and information service on all aspects of eating disorders. It provides information specifically for individuals who are experiencing an eating disorder as well as for family members and friends who may be worried about or supporting someone with an eating disorder or body image issue.

Eating Disorders in Adults

This post talks specifically about eating disorders in Adults. It explains; Types of eating disorders, Why are eating disorders under-recognised in adult women?, Warning signs of an eating disorder, and Diagnosis and treatment.


Local Services

ACT Eating Disorders Program
The ACT Eating Disorders Program offers outpatient group programs for Bulimia Nervosa and a day program for Anorexia Nervosa. The programs have a strong emphasis on early intervention rather than treating chronic cases and are available at no charge.


Phone Services

ACT Eating Disorders Program
1800 629 354 (24 hour referral line)

6205 1519 (general service information)

A specialist, community-based, multidisciplinary team providing assessment and treatment programs for eating disorders. Team includes: psychiatrist, psychologists and allied health professionals. Outpatient and day programs are available to ACT residents.

The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders

1800 33 4673

The Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline, ED HOPE, is a free and confidential service which provides information, counselling and treatment referral for eating disorders, disordered eating, body image and related issues.

Endometriosis

Websites

Endometriosis – Jean Hailes

This webpage from Jean Hailes presents an overview of Endometriosis and the topics associated with it, such as; Symptoms & causes, Diagnosis, Management & treatment, Fertility, Emotions, Complications, Relationships & sex

Endometriosis Australia

Endometriosis Australia is a nationally accredited charity. Their website provides information about endometriosis , including; facts about endometriosis, information about support groups,, and links to specific information and sites about endometriosis for further reading.


Local Services

Canberra Endo Centre

The Canberra Endometriosis Centre provides ongoing support through diagnosis, treatment and long term management of endometriosis. A referral from your GP is required before an appointment can be made with the Specialist Canberra Endometriosis Centre.

Location: Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, Building 11, Level 2, Cnr Gilmore Crescent and Hospital Road, Canberra Hospital, ACT

Phone: 02 6174 7620


Factsheets

Endometriosis
This factsheet by Women’s Health Queensland Wide presents an overview of endometriosis, including symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options and emotional support. It also provides a small amount of information about endometriosis and fertility

You may also be interested in; Menstruation, PCOS

Endometrial Cancer

“What to expect” Endometrial cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

Exercise

Websites

Virtual Medical Centre – Exercise and Fitness

This webpage from the Virtual Medical Centre offers brief but informative overviews on some of the most common questions associated with exercise and fitness.

Jean Hailes – Physical activity & exercise

This page from Jean Hailes covers a range of information about excersise, including; why exercise & physical activity is so important, how much physical activity is enough, setting goals, tools to help, activities to relax & strengthen you, impact & activity, starting an exercise program, sticking to the plan, making the most of your everyday activities.

Girls Make Your Move

A list of local events, activities and inspiration from other girls to help you get motivated to make your move. Find out what sporting activities are on around and get moving!

Live Healthy Canberra 

On LiveHealthyCanberra you will find information about walking groups, running, cycling and group fitness classes, healthy eating education and programs offered by dietitians on improving your diet.  The directory also includes community groups that promote being active, healthy and provide opportunities for social participation.

You can search for programs and services in your local Canberra region by service type, ranging from dietetics/nutrition services and weight management to pain management and physical activity.


Local Services

PrYme Movers

Pryme mover programs are offered at YMCA Canberra’s Chifley Health and Fitness Centre and through the Community PrYme Mover program.

Phone:  (02) 6281 0124

Location: 9/71 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley ACT 2606


Apps

Girls Make Your Move – App List

Girls Make Your Move have found some free mobile apps to help you get active.

VicHealth

The VicHealth “Healthy Living Apps Guide” allows you to search for the best healthy living apps available. The advanced search allows you to search based on price, type of device, your age, and your healthy living interest. Each app has a detailed overview, allowing you to understand the apps functions without having to download it first.

You may also be interested in; Healthy Eating

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Gynaecological Cancer

Websites

Cancer Australia – Gynaecological Cancer

This site provides information about gynaecological cancer, including; What are the different types of gynaecological cancer?, What are the symptoms of gynaecological cancer?, What are the risk factors for gynaecological cancers?, How are gynaecological cancers diagnosed?, Treatment options, Finding support, and Cancer support organisations.

National Cervical Screening Program Australia

This website provides information about cervical cancer, cervical screening and the screening process.

Ovarian Cancer – Cancer Council

This webpage by the Cancer Council Australia details information about Overian Cancer, such as; What is it?, Treatment, Symptoms, Screening, Causes, Prognosis, Diagnosis and Prevention.


Factsheets

Understanding Cervical Cancer

This booklet has been designed to help you, your family and friends understand how cervical cancer is diagnosed and treated. It also includes information about support services.

Understanding Ovarian Cancer

This booklet has been designed to help you, your family and friends understand how ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated. It also includes information about support services.

Understanding Cancer of the Uterus

This booklet has been designed to help you, your family and friends understand how uterine cancer is diagnosed and treated. It also includes information about support services.

Understanding Vulvar and Vaginal Cancers

This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about two diseases of the female reproductive system: vulvar cancer and vaginal cancer.

You may also be interested in; Cancer, Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Head and Neck Cancer

“What to expect” Head and Neck cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

Health Checks

Websites

Health Checks – Jean Hailes

Regular health checks and screenings, in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can assist in the prevention of disease or illness. Recommendations are made for how often you should have a blood pressure, cholesterol, Pap smear, skin and immunisation review. These health checks vary from age to age, Jean Hailes have created guides which outlines when and what kind of health checks you should be undergoing at various stages of your life. Find them below:

Jean Hailes – Women Under 20 Health Checks

Jean Hailes – Women 20 – 40  Health Checks

Jean Hailes – Women 40 – 60  Health Checks

Jean Hailes – Women over 60  Health Checks

Healthy Eating

Websites

Eating for good health – Jean Hailes

This webpage provides an overview about the importance of healthy eating, as well as a video with five simple tips from Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella, to get more nutritious habits in your day.

Eat For Health – Department of Health 

Eat for Health website goes into detail and guides you through common questions associated with the Australian Healthy Eating Guidelines. It covers; The Five Food Groups, Servings, Fat, Salt, Sugar, Alcohol, Discretionary Food and Drink Choices, and  Frequently Asked Questions

Live Healthy

On Live Healthy Canberra you will find information about healthy eating education and programs offered by dietitians on improving your diet.  The directory also includes community groups that promote being active, healthy and provide opportunities for social participation.

You can search for programs and services in your local Canberra region by service type, ranging from dietetics/nutrition services and weight management to pain management and physical activity.

Foods That Do Good

Foods That Do Good is a website that provides health professionals with easy-to-access, holistic and evidence-based nutrition information that will help Australians understand how to work towards better health through a balanced diet. The site is curated by Dairy Australia with input from qualified health professionals.

Healthy Eating – Health Direct

This webpage contains information about healthy eating, including; how to eat a balanced diet, food poisoning, healthy eating over 60years old, cutting down on sugar, and healthy food swaps.

ACT Nutrition Support Service

The Nutrition Info-Hub categorizes information about healthy eating so you are able to search for information easily. It covers a range of topics which can be viewed on the right side bar of the page.

Live Lighter 

Live lighter is a great website that contains heaps of information about living healthy.It contains practical tips and tricks for eating healthy, as well as tools, resources, recipes, and facts.


Factsheets

Healthy Living – Jean Hailes 

A factsheet that includes an explanation of what healthy eating is defined as, as well as tips and advice to maintain a healthy diet.

The Battle With Food – Jean Hailes

An article that discusses when a relationshiop with food can become unhealthy and how to get it back on track. It discusses; the changing relationship with food, Is food addictive?, Food restrictions, and Tips to help in the battle with food.

Too Busy To Look After Yourself – Jean Hailes 

A factsheet that contains 6 quick tips for your health.

Healthy Eating for Adults – Department of Health 

This factsheet explains the Australian Dietary Guidelines in detail, as well as explaining serving sizes for adults.


Apps

VicHealth

The VicHealth “Healthy Living Apps Guide” allows you to search for the best healthy living apps available. The advanced search allows you to search based on price, type of device, your age, and your healthy living interest. Each app has a detailed overview, allowing you to understand the apps functions without having to download it first.

You may also be interested in; Exercise

Heart Disease

Websites

Heart Foundation – Heart conditions in Women

The page by the heart foundation details information specifically realted to women who have suffered a heart attack or those looking for further information.

Heart Foundation – Women’s  Hearts

This webpage details the risk factors for women and heart disease.

Cardiovascular Health – Jean Hailes

Having regular health checks with your doctor, starting from a young age, is therefore important for your health awareness. Managing your blood pressure, cholesterol, knowing the best types of food to eat, being active and also managing depression and diabetes if you have them are discussed on this web page.


Factsheets

Heart Foundation – Women’s Warning Signs

Women are more likely to experience non-chest pain symptoms of a heart attack than men, so it’s important you know the signs. This factsheet details the warning signs of women’s heart attacks.

Cardiovascular Health – Jean Hailes

This factsheet gives an overview about cardiovascular health. It discusses topics such as; What is cardiovascular disease, Types of cardiovascular disease, Causes of cardiovascular disease, and What can you do for cardiovascular health.

You may also be interested in; Exercise, Healthy Eating

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Incontinence

Websites

Continence – ACT Health

This service gives continence advice – support for pelvic floor, bladder and bowel control. It also details the Community Health Centres that provide advice and services.

BladderBowel

The Bladder and bowel website contains information about bladder and bowel health and continence for people of various ages and different stages in their lives.

Women – Continence Foundation Australia

This webpage details information for women suffering from incontinence and how it can impact women at different stages of their lives. Pregnancy, Prolapse, Menopause, Pelvic floor, Sexuality are topics covered in this webpage.

Pelvic Floor First – Continence Foundation of Australia

This website has a wide range of information about keeping your pelvic floor safe while excising, steps to improve and help strengthen your pelvic floor, and pelvic floor safe exercises.

Bladder Incontinence – Jean Hailes

The Jean Hailes webpage includes information bladder incontinence, such as; What is incontinence?, , Diagnosis, What is normal bladder function?, What causes bowel incontinence?, and Preventing & managing.

Bowel Incontinence – Jean Hailes

The Jean Hailes webpage includes information bladder incontinence, such as; What is bowel incontinence?, Incontinence: types and symptoms, Diagnosis, What is normal frequency for bowel movements?, Causes of bowel incontinence, and Preventing & managing,

Pelvic Floor – Jean Hailes

Pelvic floor exercises are important for all women to practice to maintain strong muscles and reduce the risk of incontinence. The steps and best way to do pelvic floor exercises are discussed along with how to retrain your bladder to hold more urine.


Local Services

Continence – ACT Health

This service gives continence advice – support for pelvic floor, bladder and bowel control. It also details the Community Health Centres that provide advice and services.

Phone: 02 6207 9977


Factsheets

Pelvic Floor First – Continence Foundation Australia

Pelivc Floor First offer a wide range of free information resources for fitness professionals and consumers.


Phone Services

Continence Helpline – Continence Foundation Australia

1800 33 00 66

The National Continence Helpline is a free telephone advisory service staffed by a team of continence nurse advisors who provide information, education and advice to callers with incontinence or who are caring for someone with incontinence. The Helpline also provides information and advice to health professionals.

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Liver Cancer

Websites

“What to expect” Liver cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

Lung Cancer

Websites

“What to expect” Lung cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

Lymphoma

Websites

“What to expect” Lymphoma – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

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Osteoporosis

Websites

Osteoporosis Australia

Osteoporosis Australia’s website offers a variety of information about bone health including information about living with osteoporosis and prevention.

Arthritis ACT

This website gives detailed information about Osteoporosis as well as details about events in the ACT and external resources.


Factsheets

Arthritis ACT – Osteoporosis 

This part of the website has a list of informative fact sheets.

Osteoporosis -Osteoporosis Australia 

A large range of factsheets including factsheets for specific conditions relating to osteoporosis

You may also be interested in; Arthritis, Bone Health

Ovarian Cancer

Websites

“What to expect” Ovarian cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

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Pain

Websites

Pain Support ACT inc

This site offers a range of options for people with pain in the Canberra region, including; Pain Support’s range of local activities and events, Canberra region resources, Top selected website resources to help people with pain.

Chronic Pain Australia 

This site offers a great range of resources, stories, fact sheets, and online forums for those experiencing pain or those wanting to learn more about living with chronic pain.

PainHealth

This website provides clinically supported information, tips, support and personal stories to help manage musculoskeletal pain.

Local Services

Pain Support ACT inc

Pain Support ACT (Pain Support) promotes the health and well being of people in the Canberra region living with persistent or chronic pain,including their family and carers.  It also advocates for better services for people with pain and better understanding of this debilitating condition.

Fact Sheets

National Pain Week 2017

This page contains a great range of fact sheets about pain.

Chronic Pain Australia

This page of the Chronic Pain Australia website contains some fact sheets about different types of chronic pain and how to live with chronic pain.

Pancreatic Cancer

Websites

“What to expect” Pancreatic Cancer – Cancer Council

This page covers wide variety of information such as; Initial investigations and referral, diagnosis and staging, treatment, after treatment, if cancer returns, living with cancer, and questions of cost.

Parenting

Websites

ParentLink – ACT Government 
The ParentLink website provides a range of easy-to-read parenting guides on many of the issues faced by parents from birth through to adolescence. It also provides links to other reliable parenting information websites

PANDSI

PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information inc) offers information concerning a range of disorders to women, partners and interested others including health professionals. It provides ongoing telephone support, drop-in services and facilitated support groups (by trained support workers).

What Were We Thinking – Jean Hailes

Information, resources and reassurance for new parents navigating the highs and lows of life with a baby.

Raising Children Network
This is a website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children. The website aims to meet the information needs of a wide range of users, including those who are just curious, those who are looking for assistance with particular problems or issues, and the users who want to explore the science behind modern thinking on the care of children. It is the most comprehensive, reliable, interactive information website on parenting and should definitely be the first point-of-call for any inquiry

Pregnancy Baby and Birth – Health Direct 

This website has a range of articles about being a parent. The main topics covered are; being a parent, parental rights and finances, family and siblings, teenage parents, Indigenous families, rural and remote living, and your child’s safety.

Pregnancy and Exercise – Virtual Medical Centre

This webpage from the Virtual Medical Centre gives an overview of excersising while pregnant. It includes information about; Exercise before pregnancy, Benefits and risks of exercise during pregnancy, Beginning an exercise program during pregnancy, Exercises to do and avoid during pregnancy, Safety considerations when exercising during pregnancy, and Exercise myths.


Local Services

ParentLink – ACT Government
The ParentLink website provides a range of easy-to-read parenting guides on many of the issues faced by parents from birth through to adolescence. It also provides links to other reliable parenting information websites

Location: Office for Children, Youth & Family Services, Community Services Directorate, Level 7, 11 Moore Street, Canberra City ACT 

Phone: 13 34 27

PANDSI

PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information inc) offer a range of services including: Telephone Support, Day Support Group, Playgroup, Yoga, Evening Support Group, Fitness and Support Group, Dads Information Night, and Library of books and DVDs.

Location: 6 Minns Place, Weston,  ACT

Phone: 02 6288 1936

ACT Child and Family Centres

Parents are invited to visit their local Child and Family Centre to chat with a trained professional about parenting, ask questions and to get information This service is free of charge and available without an appointment.

Location: Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen (follow link for further contact information) 


Phone Services

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby helpline

1800 882 436

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby provides free, non-judgemental emotional support and reassurance. They provide guidance on children’s growth, behaviour and development and are able to refer parents to local services. Their maternal child health nurses work with parents to ensure the health and wellbeing of their children and family.

Parentline ACT

6287 3833

Parentline offers a free telephone counselling service to parents and carers. Phoning gives callers access to: Counselling and support over the telephone from qualified professionals, information on other services, referral to other agencies, ideas and resources about parenting, ongoing telephone support and face-to-face counselling.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Websites

PCOS – Jean Hailes

This webpage from Jean Hailes presents an overview of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the topics associated with it, such as; Symptoms & causes, How is PCOS diagnosed?, Management & treatment, Irregular periods – management & treatment, Hair & acne – management & treatment, Fertility – management & treatment, Weight – management & treatment, Complications, Emotions, Sex & relationships, and Healthy living.

POCS – Better HEALTH Channel

Thus webpage from Better Health Channel includes information about; What is polycystic ovary syndrome?, Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, Treatment of PCOS, Medical treatments for PCOS , Long-term health risks of PCOS, Diagnosis of PCOS, and Where to get help.


Factsheets

PCOS – Jean Hailes

This factsheet gives a brief over view of POCS, including information about; What is PCOS?, The signs and symptoms of PCOS, Problems associated with PCOS, How is PCOS diagnosed?, Other health problems linked to PCOS, and Managing and treating PCOS.

You may also be interested in; Menstruation, Endometriosis

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Websites

Health in Early Pregnancy – Sexual Health and Family Planning Canberra

The SHFP Canberra’s webpage gives a detailed overview about Health in Early Pregnancy.

MumSpace – Perinatal Depression e-Consortium

MumSpace is Australia’s new one-stop website supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families. MumSpace is designed to connect you quickly with the level of support you need, from advice and support in the transition to parenthood, to effective online treatment programs for perinatal depression and anxiety. The resources on MumSpace will help you ‘step-up’ to whichever level of support suits you best. MumSpace is also a resource for your healthcare professional.

Pregnancy and Weight Gain – Women’s Health Queensland 

This article explores the recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy. It contains information about; Recommended weight gain during pregnancy, How much weight do women typically gain?, What are the health consequences of inadequate weight gain?, What are the health consequences of excess weight gain for mums?, What are the health consequences of excess weight gain for babies?, and What you can do.

Pregnancy and Diabetes

This website details information specifically related to pregnant women with diabetes and their support networks

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby – Health Direct 
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a non-commercial, government funded health information service, operated by Healthdirect Australia. It is a phone and online service for all Australians, providing information, advice and counselling about pregnancy, childbirth and your baby’s first year

Your Fertility 
The Your Fertility website is a campaign the aims to provide accurate, evidence-based information about fertility to people who want children or who want more children. It focuses on the five areas of smoking, alcohol, weight, age and timing and about changes you can make in each of these areas to improve your fertility

RSI and Overuse Injury – Pregnancy and parenting
This website provides women with information on how to manage RSI and Overuse Injury during pregnancy and parenthood. It contains practical and helpful advice on how to undertake a range of daily activities that can be difficult for women who are pregnant or have a young child.

Australian Dental Association 
This website provides women with information on how to maintain a good dental health routine throughout pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Birth – Raising Children

This website contains a wide range of information for parents, covering information from prganancy through to grown ups! It also contains information for pregnancy, childbirth, and miscarriages.

Jean Hailes – Pelvic Floor

Pelvic floor exercises are important for all women to practice to maintain strong muscles and reduce the risk of incontinence. The steps and best way to do pelvic floor exercises are discussed along with how to retrain your bladder to hold more urine.


Local Services

Health in Early Pregnancy – Sexual Health and Family Planning Canberra

The SHFP Canberra’s webpage gives a detailed overview about Health in Early Pregnancy.

Location: Level One, 28 University Avenue, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6247 3077


Phone Services

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby helpline

1800 882 436

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby provides free, non-judgemental emotional support and reassurance. They provide guidance on children’s growth, behaviour and development and are able to refer parents to local services. Their maternal child health nurses work with parents to ensure the health and wellbeing of their children and family.


Factsheets

Foods to avoid during pregnancy – American Pregnancy Association 
This article on the American Pregnancy Associations’ website is a summary of foods that should be avoided during pregnancy. It is simple and helpful and would best be used as an information starting point.

Depression during pregnancy – Black Dog Institute

This factsheet from the Black Dog Insitute covers; Types of depression during pregnancy and the postnatal period, Symptoms of postnatal depression, Causes of pregnancy related depression, Risk factors and triggers for pregnancy related depression, and Finding help.

A guide to tests and investigations for uncomplicated pregnancies – 3centres Collaboration
This publication is published by 3centres Collaboration in Victoria and is a simple, easy to follow guide of the most common tests that are offered throughout uncomplicated pregnancies. Although it is published in Victoria, there are lots of useful tips and facts for women having their baby in the ACT

You may also be interested in; Parenting, Breast Feeding

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Websites

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) – Jean Hailes

On this page from Jean Hailes you can find information about what causes UTIs, what increases your risk of getting a UTI, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed and what you can do to prevent further UTIs.

Your guide to UTIs – Jean Hailes

Health tips & Myths discusses some of the common questions and concerns about UTI’s, including; Causes & risk factors, signs & symptoms, management & treatment, changing times, the case for cranberry, and additional tips.

Factsheets

Urinary Tract Infections – Kidney Health Australia

This factsheet gives a detailed 4 page overview on Urinary Tract Infections.

Other Useful Links

Questions to discuss with your doctor

Healthdirect Australia and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have developed a Question Builder tool to enable people to prepare for their medical appointment and make the best use of the time with their doctor.  People can prepare for their medical appointment by creating and printing a list of questions to ask their doctor.

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/question-builder