The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is proudly partnering with Jean Hailes for this year’s Women’s Health Week.
Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week is an annual campaign celebrated between the 5 and 11 September and is the biggest week in Australia dedicated to good health and wellbeing for women, girls and gender-diverse people.
ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler said she was delighted that the ANMF was collaborating with Jean Hailes for this special week.
“This is a crucial and worthwhile partnership for our predominantly female members, who have been working under extremely difficult conditions, often at the expense of their own health and wellbeing.
“This year’s theme is aptly titled, ‘It’s all about you’, and I am encouraging our female nurses, midwives and carers to take this theme to heart and spend some time focussing on their health and wellbeing,” she said.
Ms Butler also emphasised that all women needed to maintain their own self-care.
“Particularly those affected by disadvantage, and who may not prioritise their own healthcare needs because of their situations. This week is an opportunity to become aware of good health and improve health knowledge.”
The ANMF has long campaigned against gender disparity, including lower wages, wage inequality, poverty, discrimination, and gender-based violence.
Ms Butler said she greatly admired Jean Hailes, which has been dedicated to improving women’s health across Australia through every life stage.
Marking its 10th Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week and celebrating the organisation’s 30th birthday, this year’s campaign focuses on the top five concerns in women’s health: menopause, pelvic health, mind health, movement and health checks, and will remind women that it’s okay to put themselves first.
As part of Women’s Health Week, the ANMF will host an event on Wednesday, 7 September 2022 for its Victorian members, encouraging nurses, midwives and carers to take a wellbeing break and connect with others while getting active.
The ANMF recognises their extraordinary efforts throughout the COVID pandemic and acknowledges the resulting mental and physical pressure this has placed on their health and wellbeing.
The Walk n’ Talk morning will be held along the Yarra River in Melbourne, starting at Dights Falls in Abbotsford. The 30-minute walk will follow the Yarra River at Yarra Bend Park, allowing attendees to take a break in the diverse botanical sights and sounds. At the end of the walk, morning tea and goodie bags will be available with the opportunity for attendees to receive health tips and advice from specialists and other ANMF partners, including HESTA, Nurses & Midwives Health and Nurse and Midwife Support
Location: Australian Education Union Victorian Branch Building, 126 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford, VIC
Date/Time: Wednesday, 7 September 2022 * 9.30am – 11.00am
To find out more and register for ANMF’s event, click here
For those who live further afield or can’t make it, there are a host of other activities to get involved with. Head to the Jean Hailes website for more information.
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