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Women’s Health Week: no more elephants in the room!

Media releases 22 Aug 2016

Over 21,000 women are participating in more than 500 events all over Australia – are you covering your community?

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When it comes to health, every woman has an elephant in the room. Women can be good talkers, but when it comes to health we often don't take the time to ask questions, seek out credible information and work out a sound plan of action. So it's time to start talking.

National not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women's Health will be getting rid of those elephants during Women's Health Week 2016 (5-9 September). Across five days, Women's Health Week will be online and on-the-ground. This year's theme, 'Am I Normal?', gives women across Australia the chance to learn more about their health and talk about issues they might not usually discuss. Free events, videos, a webcast, podcasts, recipes and much more will be supported by a range of experts to help make women's health a priority.

More than 21,000 women are already set to participate in events in every state and territory across Australia – they're taking place everywhere from Albany in Western Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory to Biggenden, Queensland and Launceston, Tasmania. From health and wellness checks to afternoon teas and even a movie night – there are many ways Women's Health Week is being celebrated.

Are you interested in covering what's happening in your community? You can find a list of registered events here: There are more events being registered every day. We can try to connect you to event hosts in your area for a potentially great story on how women are talking about their local health concerns and issues.

Our free Women's Health Week interactive webcast is another great way to reach women in remote and rural communities. On Monday September 5 at 7.30pm AEST, three of Australia's leading experts will be talking live about what's normal when it comes to women's health. Dr Mandy Deeks, psychologist and Jean Hailes Deputy CEO; Maureen Matthews, sex educator and columnist; and Karen Inge, dietitian and author will be covering sex, weight management, body image, anxiety and worry in a lively one-hour session. Women are encouraged to register for the webcast here:

"Women's Health Week is a great opportunity for women in towns and cities across Australia to find out what they need to know about women's health, what they want to know and what's not being talked about," says Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore. "It's an important community event, allowing women to talk freely about their health issues."

"This year's theme, 'Am I Normal,' is such an important topic for women," says Dr Mandy Deeks. "It's a question we all ask ourselves at some stage, whether it's about weight, body image, mental health or sex."

To receive daily updates, videos and all of the information on events, women can subscribe to Women's Health Week at

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Media contacts

For more information on Women's Health Week, including images, ambassador videos and key messages go to
For interviews with Jean Hailes spokespeople or for more information about Women's Health Week, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email