Jean Hailes – continuing the women’s health legacy

I can’t believe that we are into the fifth Women’s Health Week this year. Our national health campaign for women takes place in the first week of September every year, and aims to encourage women to get talking about the health issues that matter most to them. Women’s Health Week reaches women across Australia, from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth through to small communities. The week-long campaign combines an online event featuring free health content with public and privately run events supported by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. Events range widely, from morning teas with friends to experts talking to groups about health and wellbeing.

Women’s Health Week doesn’t discriminate—women of all ages, life stages and locations take part. This year, for instance, more than 50,000 people are joining events around Australia—around a third of those are in rural and regional areas. We’re thrilled to have such enthusiastic involvement with the rural community across Victoria–from Nowa Nowa to Quambatook and Numurkah, women are taking a little time out to think about themselves and their health.

My mother Dr Jean Hailes, our organisation’s namesake, would be so excited to see the reach of our annual health campaign. Jean was a Melbourne general practitioner with a farsighted vision to improve the quality of women’s lives and give them practical information based on the best-available evidence.

On September 7, for instance, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria and Jean Hailes are partnering with local health organisations in a number of towns that host the RFDS Rural Women’s GP service, to deliver a women’s health webcast called “Covering All the Bits”. This will be a fun night, including a live presentation from renowned gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Farrell AO, with an opportunity to submit anonymous questions prior to the night.

My mother Dr Jean Hailes, our organisation’s namesake, would be so excited to see the reach of our annual health campaign. Jean was a Melbourne general practitioner with a farsighted vision to improve the quality of women’s lives and give them practical information based on the best-available evidence. Today, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health helps women around Australia with all aspects of their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

Jean Hailes has two clinics in Melbourne that see more than 14,000 patients a year; quite a number of patients come from Gippsland and other outlying areas to see our health professionals. Our health professionals also make regular trips to areas such as Foster to see women in the community. Jean Hailes also has a research unit (in conjunction with Monash University) and an education and translation unit that takes current research and clinical findings and creates practical free resources for women.

oday, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health helps women around Australia with all aspects of their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

This year, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. It’s easy to be a part of Women’s Health Week. Women can simply sign up to receive the free daily content, which will land in their inbox every day. All material is evidence based and reviewed by Jean Hailes’ medical experts. Women can also host or attend an event in their area. It could be a fun health information session, a workplace activity or a sporting club event.

Women’s Health Week is free, informative and entertaining. It’s something that everyone in the community can get behind. For more details and information about Women’s Health Week, and to sign up or to register an event, visit www.womenshealthweek.com.au.

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Women’s Health Week is the time for women to try to put themselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.

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