WCHM at the National Multicultural Festival

This year’s National Multicultural Festival from 16 to 18 February 2017 included a women’s health information stall on Sunday 18 February, hosted by WCHM. While we haven’t yet seen reports of how many people attended this year’s festival, there were more than 280,000 attendees over three days at the 2017 National Multicultural Festival.

We organised the stall three weeks before the event, after hearing from local women’s health groups that they needed an opportunity to promote their organisation and services at the Festival. Organisations provided information materials to WCHM, who set up the stall and packed it down again after, and also provided a volunteer for an hour or two to staff the stall. This made it possible for organisations to participate without staff or volunteers having to spend a long day doing all the work.

Participants included:

  • ACT Women’s Health Service
  • BreastScreen ACT
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • Canberra Mothercraft Society and Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre
  • PANDSI
  • Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Feedback is being collected from participants to help us improve any future information stalls that we might host. We are already thinking about ways that we could attract more women to come to the stall and pick up information, and how to stay healthy and comfortable in a stall on a hot day.

WCHM's women's health information stall while it was still being set up early on Sunday 18 February 2018 at the National Multicultural Festival.

WCHM’s women’s health information stall while it was still being set up early on Sunday 18 February 2018 at the National Multicultural Festival.