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.
This year seems to have passed by so quickly. It is hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us. While many of us look forward to this time of year and its celebrations, for others it can be a stressful time. Women particularly feel the burden of Christmas preparations, usually doing the majority of present buying, decorating and food preparation for the day. It is also often women who negotiate between families on where they will spend Christmas day. This can be a source of much tension and can really put a dampener on what is supposed to be a happy time of year.
Where would we be without the internet? What did we do before we could order our groceries or a new pair of shoes online and have them delivered to our door? How did we trawl for objects that we didn't even know we wanted until we were outbid? While the internet has brought with it many advantages it also has its downsides, specifically in the way that it perpetuates misinformation.
In June, Australian women are encouraged to step back, take a close look how we live our lives and assess whether our health is in the red. Because not only is June the month in which the Heart Foundation launches their Go Red for Women campaign, which raises awareness about heart disease, it is also a time when Red Aussie Apple Day, the flagship event of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, takes place.
A quarter of all Australian adults are obese and nearly two-thirds of us are overweight. The latest evidence shows that more and more often, we are replacing healthy foods with those that are high in energy but have little nutritional value. If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2025 three-quarters of Australian women aged 20 years and older will be overweight or obese.
During the past 15 years, a lifestyle-disease epidemic has been sweeping across Australia. The number of people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and asthma is rising at an alarming rate. What is most concerning about this is that in many cases, these diseases could be avoided if we made healthier lifestyle choices on a day-to-day basis.
Two-yearly Pap smears will be replaced with a five-yearly HPV test. Listen to our webinar presented by Health Education Team leader Belinda Kippen and Cervical Clinical Nurse Consultant Lisa Peberdy as they discuss these changes.