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Contribution to workers' right awarded

July 15, 2018

At the ACTU Congress in Brisbane recently, Sam Parker received the Jennie George Award for a woman making contribution to workers’ rights in Australia. It was a great surprise - Sam didn’t even know that she had been nominated!

"Sam showed exactly why she deserves the award when she gave a beautiful and moving acceptance speech (off the cuff) where she acknowledged the solidarity of all unions in the We Won’t Wait campaign and spoke about how as a front line worker, it is her involvement in the union movement that gives her the opportunity and power to campaign for changes that affect her, her colleagues and most importantly - the women she supports in her work every day" (Natalie, ASU).

 

This is the nomination video that was prepared by the Union:

Benefits of Women's Health Centres

August 12, 2018

The study linked below, which looked at the experiences of women who attended Liverpool Women's Health Centre, illustrates the benefits of a clinic run by and for women, providing free women-centred care. In addition to being accessible in terms of location and cost, women conveyed their appreciation for the continuity of care provided. Further, women who accessed the service reported the nurse practitioner provided a professional environment that facilitated the development of trust. The study found that providing a service that is accessible and comforting can increase the participation of vulnerable women in routine cervical cancer screening practices, as well as reduce the morbidity and mortality rate of cervical cancer that often results from under-screening.

Nurse Practitioner Jo Perks, who provides medical services to women at Liverpool and was part of this study, also provides medical services at Penrith Women's Health Centre, where she is available on Mondays for appointments.                        

nib foundation supports our Wise Wonderful Women's camp on the Hawkesbury

January 16, 2018

With funding support from nib foundation, Penrith Women’s Health Centre provided a three-day camp for Wonderful Wise Women, a group of senior women of CALD backgrounds.

The camp took place in the natural surrounds of the Hawkesbury River and provided opportunities for the women, aged between 59-85 to experience a short getaway, enabling them to socialise, relax and rejuvenate, have fun and become involved in physical and mental health and wellbeing learning and activities.

The camp enhanced the women’s knowledge, wellbeing and connectivity with each other, creating an inclusive community and promoting the importance of taking care of one’s physical and mental health.

Women participated in a number of activities including morning tai chi, stretching, walking, swimming, falls preventions exercises, dancing, singing, storytelling, relaxation and mindfulness meditation, games, laughter yoga, dress ups and cruise.

On the conclusion of the camp women reported:

“I found healing from inside out, I feel much better in myself”

“I have never done so much dancing, I feel more confident, less shy”

“I was pain free whole camp, I didn’t have to take as many tablets for pain”

Domestic Violence can affect everyone

Ms Emma Husar MP (Lindsay) voices her experiences with domestic violence and hopes to advocate for change by generating a conversation.

Mammograms: Kerri's Story

Kerri Welsh is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 2009 after a routine mammogram.

Due to the general hustle and bustle of life Kerri delayed the mammogram that ended up saving her life. She urges other women to not be complacent about prioritising their health. Kerri didn’t feel a lump through self examination, so her cancer was only detected through a mammogram.  

Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer amongst NSW women. The most effective time to treat breast cancer is during early stages of the disease. The X-Ray images of the mammogram can detect cancers as small as a grain of rice. BreastScreen NSW offer free screenings for women aged 40 up and it is recommended that women aged 50-74 have a screening every 2 years. A 20 minute examination could save your life.

Paptests! What you need to know...

The Pap test is a quick and simple examination that checks for any changes in the cells of a woman's cervix (located at the neck of the uterus/womb), which can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Most women will not experience any symptoms the only way to know if there are abnormal cells present is to have a Paptest.

 

  • Pap tests are recommended for all women aged 18 to 70 years old within two years of becoming sexually active.

  • Regular Pap tests reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer by 90% and save more than 1,200 women each year in Australia from cervical  cancer. The Pap test should then be repeated every two years.

  • Approximately 8 in 10 women who develop cervical cancer have either not had a Pap test or have not had them regularly.

  • Women in same sex relationships also need to have regular Pap tests. HPV is commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact with the genital area, and can be found in women who have never had sexual contact with men.

  • If you have ever been sexually active it is important to have regular Pap tests, even if you are no longer sexually active, have had the same sexual partner, or have been through menopause, as changes in the cells may take some time to develop. The risk of cervical cancer does not decrease with age.

 

Penrith Women's Health Centre implores all women to be regular with their screening. Early detection is imperative. Please contact us by phone or email to book an appointment.

The Bra Study

In 2015, Penrith Women's Health Centre participated in a Bra Study conducted by Celeste Coltman, a PhD candidate in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory. The study sampled 387 Australian Women aged between 18 and 84 years old, and found that 85% of women were wearing the wrong bra size. The study has emphasised the importance of having the correct bra fit as it has found that the skin of the breast loses its elasticity from as early as 25 years old to 44 years of age. (See participant feedback below).

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