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Women’s Health Week

Help shine a spotlight on the importance of women's health and wellbeing this September.


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You might ask why there needs to be an awareness event for women’s health in particular, rather than one for men’s and women’s health in general. The answer is that women can neglect their own health and as caregivers they often focus more on their family’s health than their own individual needs.

Founder of Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Dr Jean Hailes had a vision to improve the quality of women's lives and give them practical information based on the best available evidence. One of the ways her organisation achieves this today is through the conversation engendered during Women’s Health Week.

How did Women's Health Week get started?

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health by providing them with health information, resources and clinical care to help them manage their own health and wellbeing.

One of the ways the organisation does this is by translating research and medical evidence into easy-to-understand health information and delivering it in a multitude of ways to suit different audiences.

What is Women’s Health Week?

Women’s Health Week is a regular feature on the Australian calendar that takes place in the first week of September each year. It is a national event dedicated to helping women across Australia make good health a priority. In September 2017 this event runs from the 4th to the 8th.

Thousands of women from around the country register every year to participate in a week of online activities, videos, resources and information and individuals and organisations hold a variety of local events to raise awareness for women’s health issues.

How can you get involved?

  • Host or attend an event in your own community or workplace. The Women’s Health Week team has created an event guide to help you plan and host your event, so download this first and find out how to get started, how to attract support and how to promote and run your event.
  • Subscribe and participate in the free online event, which includes a variety of practical tips and resources, motivational videos, expert health advice and a social wall where you can share your thoughts with others.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to Jean Hailes for Women’s Health to help the organisation continue its work for women.

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