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Pap Tests are Changing in Australia

The Australian Government’s Department of Health has advised that on 1 December 2017, the Pap test is going to be replaced with a more accurate test called the Cervical Screening Test. In the new test, the sample is collected in the same way as the Pap test – by taking a small sample of cells from the woman’s cervix. However the new test will be processed in a different way in the laboratory.

Read about the upcoming changes to Pap tests here.

Information courtesy of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

 

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops

At the July Paper Bag Lunch, Midland Women’s Health Care Place invited Rachael BernSousa to provide an introduction to the BACK OFF Personal Safety Program.

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We are delighted to report that Perth Wing Chun ran a very successful workshop on Sunday 17th September 2017 for 25 women. Rachael plans to run another workshop early in 2018.

Please contact Perth Wing Chun Academy for more information.

Women’s Health Week

Join us to celebrate The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week and make good health a priority.

The two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’.

It is time to put ourselves first, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.

THE HEALTH OF THE ONES WE LOVE STARTS WITH US

We know women are leading busier lives than ever before and we have a tendency to let ourselves slip low on our priority lists.

However, the health of those we love starts with us. By investing more time in ourselves, we are better able to look after the ones we love and care about.

Focus Areas for 2017

Heart Health – a healthy heart is the engine room of the body, how to keep your heart healthy?

Mindfulness – Is it time you gave mindfulness a try?

Bone health – it’s never too early or too late to start looking after your bones, but how?

Physical activity – stay tuned for information on physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Sleep and fatigue – find out how to improve your chances of getting ‘healthy’ sleep

Activities at Midland Women’s Health Care Place on Friday 8th September 2017

11:00 am – Create Mindfulness Flowers with Emma Harrison

12:00 noon – Heart Healthy Food Demo with Gen Copland

1:00 pm – Book Therapy with Alana Marshall

Jean Hailes is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health,  providing women with health information, resources and clinical care to assist them to actively manage their own health and well-being.

Create Mindfulness Flowers

 

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Take a stack of fabric offcuts, scissors, needle and thread. Follow simple instructions: start by cutting fabric strips and sewing a running stitch

10 women will create 10 unique flowers

Let your mind relax, unwind, explore, create

Creative play for Women’s Health Week at 11 am on Friday 8th September 2017

Book your place – call us on 9250 2221 or email info@mwhcp.org.au

 

Bibliotherapy: Healing the Soul Through Literature

From the first libraries in ancient Egypt and Greece, described as “temples to heal the soul”, it was understood that literature has a profound effect upon the heart and intellect of the reader, allowing a deeper understanding of human nature and its conditions with the aim of fostering positive mental health.

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Join biblio-enthusiast Alana Marshall to learn and apply methods and techniques for insightful personal development and growth through Bibliotherapy.

This session will cover:

–          What is Bibliotherapy?

–          History of Bibliotherapy

–          Applications of Bibliotherapy

–          Bibliotherapy methods and techniques including mindful reading, developing a reading habit to assist with relaxation and restoration, book choices, recording your reading for reflection.

Relax your mind during Women’s Health Week at 1 pm on Friday 8th September 2017

Book your place – call us on 9250 2221 or email info@mwhcp.org.au

 

 

Survey Deadline EXTENDED

Help us to provide better health & support services to women.

We are seeking to survey women in Western Australia about their health needs and concerns, how they seek help for their health issues, barriers to getting help and what they do to keep healthy.

The information you provide will be used to assist us to improve the health and support services that community-based women’s health centres provide. Traditionally, women’s health centres provide counselling, clinics, support groups and activities.

If you have 5 minutes, we would love to hear from you!

You can tell us what you think by doing our survey.

Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GM2HSZY

This survey is anonymous and no personal identifying information is collected.  The surveys are open until 23 August, 2017.

This research is a joint collaboration between the Women’s Community Health Network WA and the Women’s Health Strategy and Programs Unit, Women and Newborn Health Service, WA Health.

Midland’s Biggest Morning Tea

IMG_1748MWHCP has a long-standing relationship with Cancer Council, and we were delighted to host a marathon Midland’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 25th May at 4 The Avenue, Midland. We opened our doors and set up tables in the Avon room, decorating with flowers, our favourite china and displaying pieces from our talented Art Expressions and Craft Connections groups.

We had a steady flow of guests from 9 am to 3 pm joining us for tea, cake, friendship and fun. Thank you to our wonderful, tea-making, dish-washing, good humored volunteers – Michelle (craft), Jess (student), Deirdre (Tai Chi) and Kay (member) for making the day run smoothly from beginning to end. We had a magnificent offering of fruit cakes, sponges with jam, cream and fruit, caramel slice, scones, and classic lamingtons, including a healthy gluten-free slice. Many thanks to our generous bakers from the Board, staff, services, clients and group participants.

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Today, there are more than 1.1 million Australians who are either living with cancer or who have survived a diagnosis. Cancer Council is the nation’s leading cancer charity, uniting the community, creating hope, providing support and saving lives.

Cancer Council offers all kinds of support for people living with cancer, their families and carers, from financial and legal assistance, to counselling services. Call 13 11 20 for free, confidential support and information.

Cancer Council is the leading independent funder of cancer research in Australia, funding and leading all kinds of research into cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support. The research breakthroughs play a part in giving people with cancer, and their families, hope, and time together they didn’t think they’d have.

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 cancers in Australia are preventable. Cancer Council provides support and resources to help Australians reduce their cancer risk, through prevention and early detection measures such as quitting smoking, being SunSmart, regular screening, exercising and maintaining a balanced diet,and advise government for improved cancer policy and prevention.