It’s Women’s Health Week a nation-wide campaign of events and online activities – all centred on improving women’s health and helping you to make healthier choices.
Every September, for one week, (this year 5-11 September) Women’s Health Week is a reminder to set aside time for your health and wellbeing. Make an appointment for a health check, get active, join an event or simply connect with other women. You don’t have to do it alone.
This year women are being reminded to book important health check-ups to take care of both physical and mental health during Women’s Health Week.
Minister for Women, Minister for Regional Health and Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said 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.
Greater stress during the pandemic
‘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.
‘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,’ said Mrs Taylor.
BreastScreen NSW recommends mammograms
BreastScreen NSW recommends mammograms for women aged 50-74. You can book an appointment by calling 13 20 50 or visiting the website. Women aged under 40 who have a family history of breast cancer should talk to their GP.
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.
Women’s Health Week events
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.’
Visit www.womenshealthweek.com.au for more information and events near you.
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.