In the lead-up to Women’s Health Week, community health nurses are urging local women to make their health and wellbeing a priority.
Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) runs a dedicated Women’s Health Clinic in Maryborough, Avoca and Dunolly each month to help support women to manage their health.
This year women can also find out more about women’s health matters at a pop-up clinic at Goldfields Plaza Shopping Centre in Maryborough from 1.00pm to 4.00pm on Tuesday 6 September.
Women’s Health Week runs from Monday 5 September to Sunday 11 September to help women, girls and gender-diverse people make good health a priority.
Community Health Nurse Nicole Powers said Women’s Health Week encourages women to make time in their busy day to focus on the things that keep them healthy, which is a good message for everyone.
“The message for Women’s Health Week this year is ‘It’s all about you.’ Women can often put their own health on hold while looking after family and friends, or may feel guilty for taking some time out for self-care,” said Ms Powers.
“We want women to know that it’s okay to put yourself first, and that it’s important to stay up-to-date with your health checks like breast and cervical screening,” she said.
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“We’re encouraging women and girls to get involved in a variety of ways. Visit us at the pop up clinic, make an appointment for a health check, try a new healthy recipe, or get active with a friend,” said Ms Powers.
“You don’t have to do it alone. Getting together for a walk with your mum, sister, or a friend to support each other is a great step and we’re also here to support you.”
The health service runs Women’s Health Clinics once a fortnight in Maryborough and once a month in Dunolly and Avoca.
Specialist female nurses can help women with cervical screening (previously referred to as a pap test), and sexual health screening and advice. They also provide advice on reproductive health, contraception, family planning, and all stages of menopause.
For more information or to make an appointment call 5461 0333.