Women's Health Week activities

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Thursday Island and the Northern Peninsula Area will celebrate Women's Health Week with a host of events and information sessions from 5 to 9 September.

There will be three venues. These are the Island Stars Cultural Centre on Thursday Island, Sibuwani Ngurpai Meta (Thursday Island Primary Healthcare Centre), and the Seisia Fishing Club.

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Mobile Women's Health Clinical Nurse Consultant Jennifer McKay said there would be stalls, information sharing and activities. These will be on each day from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4 pm at Island Stars Cultural Centre.

Each day of the week will have a different women's health theme in place at Island Stars.

“At the start of the week, on Monday, 5 September, we will be focussing on women's health checks,'' Ms McKay said.

“Tuesday will be menopause theme day, then pelvic floor and pelvic pain on Wednesday, mind health on Thursday and physical health on the Friday.

“In addition, women's health checks will be on every day of the week at Sibuwani, and not just on the Monday at Island Stars.''

Ms McKay said the daily themes were in line with the five main health themes for this year's national Jean Hailes Women's Health Week. This was now in its 10th year.

“There will also be a special day of events at the Seisia Fishing Club from 1 pm to 3 pm on 6 September,'' she said.

“At Seisia, the health service will be showcasing local women's arts and crafts. It will be a safe space where women can yarn with health professionals and ask questions about their health care.

“Staff will give cards to people to write their questions on if they feel uncomfortable to speak out their concern or query.

“They will place the cards in a box and read out questions, without identification, so questions can be answered confidentiality.''

Ms McKay said Jean Hailes Women's Health Week was Australia's biggest week to focus on the good health and well-being of women, girls and gender-diverse people.

“During the week, we encourage all women to host or take part in an event centred on health, connect with others in their community. They can look after their health and get valuable health information,'' she said.

“The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the need for women to prioritise their health and well-being. This is so they can be there to support their families.''

Ms McKay said there was still time to get involved in this year's Women's Health Week.

All those wanting to get involved in events on Thursday Island or the NPA can contact:

  • Jennifer McKay and Maria Mau on 0437 491 479
  • Louise Foley (NPA) on 0427 645 329

For information visit Jean Hailes Women's Health Week website.