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Welcome to WCHM’s September Newsletter. It has been another busy month at WCHM. We celebrated Women’s Health Week in the first week of September with MLA Tara Cheyne joining us at a WCHM event for an intimate discussion on the importance of accessing health information and most importantly, knowing where to go to find local, trustworthy and reliable information for women’s health and wellbeing. She officially launched the ACT Women’s Health Hub at the event, and we also officially released the ACTeenChoices website and presented our newest social research report.

In September our Board Chair, Farzana Choudhury, was recognised as ACT Young Lawyer of the Year. And Joan Andersson, founder of Women Get it Done, received Lifeline’s 2019 Woman of Spirit Award. A warm congratulations for these well deserved honours!

WCHM welcomed the launch of ACT Health’s Canberra Maternity Options service, a single access point for all ACT public maternity services, which we had helped to inform through consultations with ACT women about the new model.

The Commonwealth Government has announced it will go forward with a new inquiry into Domestic Violence and the Family Law system, and many peak bodies on domestic violence are concerned about this.

World Contraception Day was held on 26th September and International Safe Abortion Day on 28th September, and there was good news in these areas. NSW passed legislation decriminalising abortion after three weeks of debate the bill passed the upper and lower houses on 26 September. And in Victoria, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill was passed in parliament which will mean that transgender and gender-diverse people in Victoria will be able to change the sex on their birth certificate without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

If you are an ACT women who is 55 years old or above, please don’t forget to help us to understand the health and wellbeing needs of older women in the ACT by completing the health and wellbeing survey.

October will also be a busy month with WCHM posting regular information as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, BPD Awareness Week (1-7), and Anti-Poverty Week (13-19). WCHM will also be holding it’s Annual General Meeting on 17 October and will host a pre-AGM event focusing on what contributes to poverty for ACT women.

We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter!

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ACT Women’s Health Hub

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New Family Law Inquiry

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