On 5 September Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc (Women's Health) reached an important milestone - 30 years of providing health information and education services to the women of Queensland.
Women's Health has partnered with the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) to launch the Cervical Health Info Line. The Cervical Health Info Line is a confidential service, staffed by registered nurses and midwives, which provides women concerned about cervical screening (Pap smears) with additional support and advice. They can answer a variety of questions, including:
How do I prepare for a Pap smear and what can I expect?
Are Pap smears safe during pregnancy?
Pap smear results and what they mean
In this double issue of Health Journey we take a look at the unhealthy aspects of instant noodles and how we can improve them, examine food safety following the frozen berry scare and discuss the many benefits of probiotics. We also explain the often unrecognised condition of pelvic varicose veins and celebrate 30 years of Women's Health.
In this edition of Health Journey we examine popular natural sweeteners to see how healthy they really are, investigate the real risks of Listeria and pregnancy and explore the recommendations for weight gain in pregnancy.
All women from the Burketown and Gregory Downs areas are invited to free community talks to have their health questions answered by a qualified Women’s Health Educator and Midwife.
Our recent State election and cabinet announcements have seen an unprecedented number of women in the new cabinet, with eight female and six male ministers. It is only the second time in Australia that women have held the roles of Premier and Deputy Premier of a state government. In addition, Leeanne Enoch, the Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation, is the first Indigenous woman to be elected to State parliament.
In August, Women's Health launched Look after baby by Looking After You, a web based resource to assist pregnant and new mums from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The pilot project was a partnership between Women's Health and the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ). It was made possible through the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local's 'The Pitch' funding round for 2013/14.
Women's Health would like to congratulate Management Committee member, Professor Jeanine Young and her team for winning the Team Innovation Award at the 2014 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards for the Pēpi-pod® Program.
Recently, Sarah Mander, a Master of Applied Psychology student from the University of Queensland, evaluated our Midwife Check-in service. The service offers regular phone calls from a nurse midwife to women in the perinatal period with the aim of decreasing depression and anxiety.