Review of workplace culture of ACT public health services – gender issues need to be considered

In the last few weeks there has been much discussion in the media about concerns about the workplace culture and bullying in ACT Health. An ACT Health Workplace Review was proposed by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing in response to concerns by the opposition which has called for a full board of inquiry into ACT Health, which would have … Read more

WCHM’s Annual General Meeting

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WCHM Board members

On Thursday 20th September, WCHM held it’s Annual General Meeting. There were 6 vacancies on the WCHM Board, and we are pleased to announce that there were 9 nominees for those positions.  Members held a secret ballot and the successful nominees were Farzana Choudhury, Karen Redshaw, Jo Schumann, Renee Dockrill, Gaylene Coulton and Melissa Hobbs.  You can find … Read more

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Improving Abortion Access in the ACT

WCHM was present in the ACT Legislative Assembly late on Wednesday 19 September 2018, when the Legislative Assembly debated the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018 that had been introduced on 21 March 2018 by Caroline Le Couteur. The Assembly voted 15 to 4 in favour of an amendment that will allow appropriately trained GPs to prescribe medication for … Read more

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Council of Australian Governments’ National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women 

The Council of Australian Governments’ National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women, will take place on 2-3 October 2018 in Adelaide.  WCHM’s CEO, Marcia Williams, contributed to 2 local ACT consultations about the Plan, and is pleased to have received an invitation to the Summit as an Australian Capital Territory delegate.  The Summit will be an important opportunity to progress … Read more

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Consultation about the Birth Centre at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

The Birth Centre at the Centenary Hospital for Women aims to facilitates natural birth for women who don’t have any medical or other complications that might require regular medical input into their pregnancy and birth.  ACT Health is undertaking a consultation with women to understand how well known and valued the Birth Centre is, and to hear women’s ideas for … Read more

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New Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT

On 18 September, the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services (the Committee) announced  that it has resolved to hold an inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT. The Chair of the Committee, Mr Michael Pettersson MLA said that, “the Committee recognises that pregnancy and childbirth are profoundly significant life experiences. The experiences that accompany pregnancy Read more

Consent is key

Understanding consent

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Expression in Photoart Workshop

An invitation for women with chronic disease to express themselves through photoart

Art is a creative and expressive medium

Art can explore ideas and feelings that are hidden or difficult to see.

Art can say things that cannot be said with words.

For these reasons, art can be a way to explore difficult experiences such as the impacts of chronic … Read more

Protecting your health information in family and domestic violence situations

Following concerns from people affected by domestic and family violence about My Health Record the following information has been released.

If you are affected by family and domestic violence, you can take steps to control the information in your My Health Record. If you are concerned about an individual finding you or your child through information in your child’s My Read more