Congress’ Alukura Women’s Health Service will celebrate Women’s Health Day tomorrow Friday 9 September to raise awareness about women’s health issues and to encourage take up of women’s health checks and maternity care services.
“It is vital for Aboriginal women to have a women’s health check, as early detection of any abnormalities is the best way to reduce breast and cervical cancer and helps with the diagnosis and management of less know women’s health conditions, for example Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome,” said Alukura Women’s Health Manager, Tahnia Edwards.
“Factors contributing to women’s chronic disease include poor access to services in remote and rural areas (including screening services), late stage diagnosis, language and communication barriers as well as presence of infectious or chronic disease.
“Events such as this allow Aboriginal people to access to vital primary health care services, while also providing an opportunity to target early childhood needs, and to celebrate our women and children and the importance of our future generation.
Last year, Alukura’s Women’s Health Day attracted over 150 women with approximately 65 women’s health checks carried out as a result.
The day is held in conjunction with Jean Hailes National Women’s Health Week held 5-9 September, dedicated to all women across Australia, and aims to make good health a priority.
For more information about the Alukura Women’s Health Day event, view poster here.