Normally WCHM releases our newsletter at the end of each month but given the current impacts of COVID-19 and the social isolation being experienced we wanted to communicate with and provide information to ACT women more regularly.

We have been adding many more pieces of information and advice as we find them to our COVID19 Information for ACT Women resource so that ACT women can access a range of information about looking after themselves during this stressful time. Find out more about the resource and how to link to it below.

WCHM staff know – from our own experiences working from home while in social isolation – about the importance of maintaining social connections to others in times like this.  This is explored by leading social science and humanities experts at Monash University’s Faculty of Arts, and you can read their views on the impacts of Coronavirus and how it could reshape relationships, governments and broader society.

We also know that women are experiencing the changed COVID-19 environment in different ways to men, which is why WCHM is conducting a short survey of ACT women. You can read more below. Please help us by completing the survey and sharing the information about it with other women you know, so that we can get an understanding of the impact on and needs of local women.

WCHM will be completing our latest social research report in the next month or 2. The report will provide the results from our consultation with ACT women who are aged 55 and above about their experience of health services, supports, and health information, so that we can understand their health and wellbeing needs. Thank you to those of you who contributed to this. In the meantime we wanted to share with you some of the high level results.

Much of the focus of COVID-19 has been on keeping everyone safe through social distancing and staying home. But we know that the demand for domestic and violence services will increase as a result of crises like COVID-19 and that many women will stop reporting to police as they try to manage being socially isolated with their partners. That is why WCHM was pleased to see the ACT Government commitment this week to additional funding for services who assist women experiencing domestic and family violence.  It is important that those experiencing family violence know that support is still available, despite the impact of COVID-19.

Don’t forget that you can still contact us by email on admin@wchm.org.au and any phone calls to our office are automatically recorded and notified to us via email.

And you can follow our regular posts on our Facebook page about WCHM, women’s health, COVID-19 and other items of interest for ACT women.

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