Far West LHD supports Women’s Health Week 2016

Women’s Health Week helps you answer the question ‘Am I normal?’

Women’s health specialists from Far West Local Health District will be encouraging women to “get the elephant out of the room’ and start talking about their health concerns as part of Women’s Health Week (5-9 September).

Women’s Health Week is a fun based campaign dedicated to all women across Australia and it’s a week to focus on your health, learn more and take action,” said Leanne Hastwell, Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Far West LHD.

The Far West LHD will be promoting Women’s Health Week at Westside Plaza on Thursday, 8 September from 10am until 2pm. Women’s Health staff will be offering blood pressure checks and cardiovascular risk assessments and promoting breast screening, self-breast examination and pap smears. Sample bags and pink elephant stress balls from Jean Hailes will be given away as well.

 “We will also be promoting women’s health services available in Broken Hill and surrounding areas. We’ll be detecting undiagnosed women with hypertension and assessing cardiovascular risk in women and referring them to see a GP. Women can also get up to date information about their health,” said Ms Hastwell.

Women’s Health Week campaign is driven by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. Jean Hailes is Australia’s leading and most trusted women’s health organisation. Jeanhailes.org.au.

This year’s Women’s Health Week theme is the question that every woman, at some stage, asks themselves: ‘Am I normal?’ The results of the annual Jean Hailes survey based on this question will be released for Women’s Health Week, and reveal what women really think when it comes to key areas of health such as sex, body image, mental health and weight.

“Women can be good talkers, but when it comes to health, we often don’t take the time to ask questions, seek out credible information and work on a sound plan of action,” said Ms Hastwell.

“As Jean Hailes says, it’s time to get rid of the elephant in the room and get talking about women’s health.”

For more information about Women’s Health Week go to www.womenshealthweek.com.au

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