Entries by Sandra Wiens

COVID-19: Advice and information for pregnant women

Canberra Health Services has developed some specific information for pregnant women in the ACT. The information sheets provide information about your pregnancy and birthing during COVID-19,  and advice about protecting yourself during COVID-19. Find them below.

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COVID-19 Advice for pregnant women

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COVID-19 Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support Helpline

In response to COVID-19, Canberra Health Services has set up a new support line to help Canberra families. Families can call the Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support line on 5124 1775 for enquiries and support about pregnancy, early parenting concerns, child and family health, physiotherapy and nutrition services.

COVID-19 Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support


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New phone support line for Older Australians and their Families

Australia has changed a lot for Older Australians. Many new challenges have arisen, and coronavirus – or COVID 19 – is causing fear and confusion within the community. The Older Person’s COVID-19 Support Line has now commenced supported by funding from the Australian Government. Older Australians, their friends, relatives and supporters can call 1800 171 866 for any information or … Read more

21st-century Grandmothers

COVID-19 has meant that – in many cases – we are limited in our contact with our grandparents and much of the media focus has been on the fragility of older people in aged care homes.  But an essay by Gillian Triggs (academic and former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission) reminds us that today’s generation of grandmothers grew … Read more

Specialised gender-focused committees matter more than ever

There are many gender implications from COVID-19 and there is a high risk that the gender gap could get even wider post COVID-19. This blog on Broad Agenda by Marian Sawer AO (an emeritus professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University) highlights that in an era of coronavirus, policy decisions are being taken … Read more

Whose job gets priority?

Virginia Haussegger is chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra, and expresses her frustration in this article about decisions being made in the COVID-19 space.  She raises the issue of when a couple is deciding ‘who will do the lion’s share of home schooling and child caring during this stressful home isolation time, when both … Read more