Women’s Health Week endeavours to remind women, girls, and gender diverse people to take time out of their busy schedule to look after their health and wellbeing.
During Women’s Health Week, participants receive practical and evidence-based resources, such as videos, recipes, and quizzes (among others), to help them make healthier choices. For instance, participants receive support with exercising more, booking health checks, and connecting with other women.
Both individuals and groups can partake in Women’s Health Week, either by hosting an event, sharing resources, or encouraging women, girls, and gender diverse people to actively manage their own health and wellbeing.
Continue reading for a more in-depth look at the history of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, and Women’s Health Week.
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Dr Jean Hailes AM was an Australian General Practitioner (GP). In 1971, she established Australia’s first women’s health clinic dedicated to midlife and menopause.
Jean established this clinic after noticing that most doctors at the time showed little interest in what they considered ‘minor’ symptoms among middle aged women. Jean recognised that this type of behaviour encouraged women to sweep their symptoms under the rug, and that it perpetuated a culture of silence around women’s health.
Subsequently, Jean began working tirelessly to empower her colleagues to develop and undertake research in health issues facing midlife women. She was also one of the first Australian GPs to advocate for this issue in the public arena, and she would regularly talk on radio and to the press about women’s health during midlife and menopause.
Jean was determined to help women actively participant in the choices affecting their health – she encouraged them to develop relationships with their doctors, to speak out and seek answers about the facts of their health, and to know their options in terms of receiving different tests, opinions, and treatments.
In honour of her service to women’s medicine, Jean became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986, just two years before her passing. More information about Jean’s incredible accomplishments and formal recognitions can be found on the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health website.
Jeans Hailes for Women’s Health is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1992. Like its namesake (Dr Jean Hailes AM), Jean Hailes for Women’s Health strives to fill knowledge gaps in the realm of menopause, and in other key areas of women’s health as they emerge as priorities.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health strives to fill these knowledge gaps by translating research and medical evidence into practical and understandable information that can be accessed by a variety of audiences, including women, health professionals, and other key figures in public health, clinical services, research, and policy. In fact, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is so comprehensive in its resource offerings, the Australian government formally acknowledged it as the country’s digital gateway for women’s health and wellbeing in 2016.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has emerged as a pioneer in women’s healthcare thanks, in part, to its integration of the four following pillars: research, policy, clinical services, and public health and education. See below for a closer look at three of these pillars:
One way in which Jean Hailes for Women’s Health brings women’s health to the public agenda is Women’s Health Week, which had its inaugural run in 2013.
Women’s Health Week is an annual campaign of events and online activities that provide women with the connection, information, and support to be healthy in mind and body.
The growth of Women’s Health Week has been so exponential, it is now considered the biggest week for women’s health and wellbeing in Australia.
Participants who sign up for the online campaign will receive a daily email with videos, recipes, and other tools to recognise their own capacity for good health. Each email will also focus on a pertinent issue in women’s health, as below:
As well as signing up for the online campaign, participants can host an event in their community or workplace to share valuable information about women’s health with their friends, family, and colleagues. Head to the Women’s Health Week website for more information on how you can get involved.
Women’s Health Week is a national campaign run by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping women take charge of their physical health and mental wellbeing.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is considered a stalwart in the Australian women’s health scene. It provides knowledge resources to women, healthcare professionals, and other key industry figures to improve the behaviours and outcomes surrounding women’s health at all stages of life.
Women’s Health Week is an extension of Dr Jean Hailes’ lifelong passion to help women better understand and actively inform the choices affecting their health.
Women’s Health Week provides participants with tailored resources about pertinent health issues facing women today, how to tackle them at home, and how to tackle them with the support of a worthwhile healthcare professional.
Despite only running for the first time in 2013, Women’s Health Week is now the biggest week for women’s health and wellbeing in Australia. To find out how you can get involved and start inspiring positive change in your health and wellbeing, head to the Women’s Health Week website today.