Women on the South Coast are being reminded to book important health check-ups to take care of their physical and mental health during Women’s Health Week this week.
Minister for Women and Regional Health, Bronnie Taylor says women may have delayed or avoided appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they should now take the time to focus on their health and wellbeing.
“We know women have been under greater stress during the pandemic, with increased pressures on their work, home and social life potentially taking a toll on their mental and physical health,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Women need to make their health a priority this Women’s Health Week as delaying routine check-ups may cause what was initially a minor health concern to develop into a more serious issue.”
NSW Health provides a range of services and programs targeted to addressing the health needs of women including cervical and breast cancer screening, fertility treatments, menopause support and mental health services.
“Women who are overdue for a cervical or breast cancer screening are urged to book an appointment as soon as possible as these tests are the best way to detect the early signs of cancer, which could save your life,” Mrs Taylor said.
BreastScreen NSW recommends mammograms for women aged 50-74. You can book an appointment by calling 13 20 50. Women aged under 40 who have a family history of breast cancer should talk to their GP.
Southern NSW Local health District staff in the Bega Valley are marking Women’s Health Week with a number of free information sessions and workshops in partnership with the Women’s Resource Centre.
The theme this year is ‘It’s All About You’ a reminder to women that it’s okay to put yourself first, and that self-care is an essential element to living a healthy life.
All sessions are held at the Women’s Resource Centre, 14 Peden St, Bega. Bookings are through Eventbrite:
There are #WomensHealthWeek events happening all over Australia. To find an event or activity near you, click HERE.
– Women’s continence – forget the stigma, it’s actually pretty common
Wednesday 7 September, 12.00pm to 12.30pm
-How to love your liver – tips for liver health
Wednesday 7 September, 1.30pm to 2.00pm
-Heart health for women
Wednesday 7 September, 2.00pm to 3.00pm
-What do I need to know about diabetes?
Thursday 8 September, 1.00pm to 2.30pm
-Let’s talk about the importance of breast screening
Thursday 8 September, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
-What women need to know about sexual health
Thursday 8 September, 3.30pm to 4.00pm
Find out more about Southern’s Women’s Health services HERE.
Visit womenshealthweek.com.au for more information on Women’s Health events in the South East.
Mrs Taylor said women should also prioritise their mental health and wellbeing by accessing mental health support if they suffer from depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
“Good mental health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Staying well is also important for women who may be struggling with infertility, pregnancy, motherhood or menopause,” Mrs Taylor said.
Women’s Health Week is an annual national event, run by not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.
CEO of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Janet Michelmore said there are more than 400 events happening around NSW and over 2,300 events throughout Australia as part of the campaign.
“This week encourages women to check in on their health and is also a reminder that it’s ok to put themselves first,” Ms Michelmore said.
If you need to talk to someone immediately, the Mental Health Line is available 24/7 on 1800 011 511. You can also find other mental health support and services for women on the NSW Health website.
As part of the 2022-23 Budget, the NSW Government announced a number of new initiatives to support women’s health, including:
· $80 million to improve affordability and access to fertility treatments, including a cash rebate of up to $2,000 for around 12,000 women accessing private fertility clinics.
· $40 million to establish 16 menopause services across NSW to support women with the management of severe or prolonged symptoms.
Images: NSW Health, Southern NSW LHD