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Inaugural LGBTIQA+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

28 May is the Inaugural LGBTIQA+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day!  It’s a day to draw awareness to domestic violence occurring within LGBTIQA+ relationships and how that violence might be experienced differently, how to seek supports and how to be supportive. The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) and Meridian (formerly Aids Action Council) want you to get involved by sharing awareness … Read more

In this together Reconciliation week 2020

National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week is held from 27 May to 3 June every year. These dates commemorate two significant milestones for reconciliation – the 1967 referendum which acknowledged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the High Court Mabo decision.

This year is a significant year as it is the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when Australians came … Read more

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ACT Government response to the Healthy Prison Review of the AMC

WCHM was pleased to see that the Government has released it’s response to the Inspector of Correctional Services’ Report of a Review of a Correctional Centre: Healthy Prison Review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2019 which was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 26 November 2019.

WCHM informed the Healthy Prison Review by collating the views of women in … Read more

Exercise Right Week

As women, movement is crucial for maintaining our health, and we know from our recent survey that a significant number of women in the ACT indicated that they had concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and self-isolation on their ability to maintain regular physical activity (39.8%).

May 25-31 is Exercise Right Week, and the theme for this year is “Movement … Read more

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Women’s health advice from Jean Hailes

Menopause matters

This month, Jean Hailes is putting menopause in the spotlight, and they have a wealth of resources at your fingertips to help you navigate this time of change.

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May 2020 Newsletter

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ACT Women’s experiences during COVID-19 – what we heard

Of the 540+ women who responded to the survey, 29.2% were aged between 35-44 years of age, 21.8% were aged 45-54 years, 18.8%  were 25-34 years, 12.2% were 65 years or older, 3.3% were 18-24 years, and 0.4% identified as being 18 years or younger.

The vast majority of our respondents were still working. When describing their current employment and … Read more

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What has happened to women’s unemployment in the ACT during COVID-19?

The impacts of the COVID-19 shutdown on employment and unemployment have been quite different for women and men in the ACT.  Some of the ACT industries which were hardest hit by COVID-19 had mainly women workers – for example women are the majority of workers in schools and childcare, healthcare, and in the clerical and non management roles in the … Read more

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Support for pregnant women and those giving birth

In the midst of the COVID-19 isolation we know that there are many pregnant women and mums-to-be who have been feeling anxious about the impacts of COVID-19 on their care.

There are a range of supports that have been introduced to ensure that women are supported and safe including new ways of delivering services, including the use of telephone and … Read more

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Women’s health matters – looking after your health!

We know from our survey of ACT women about COVID-19 that with the stress COVID-19 has placed on women’s lives, it is important that women look after their overall health and wellbeing.

GP’s have identified that the message to stay at home and prevent the spread of COVID-19 has meant that the number of people with health conditions getting their … Read more