Women’s health community forum

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Women’s health community forum

The inaugural Women’s Health Community Forum held in March 2015 in Australia's Northern New South Wales paved the way for a new collaborative community approach to women’s health. The free event hosted by Esoteric Women’s Health, was attended by health practitioners, medical providers, community support groups, carers and everyday men and women with their families who all came together to discuss the current health issues facing women in the community.

These staggering Australian statistics highlight how needed these discussions are

  • Every 10 hours a women dies of ovarian cancer (Ovarian Cancer Foundation)

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime (SEER Cancer Statistics Review)

  • 12 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers each day (Report to the nation gynaecological cancers 2012)

  • 1 in 3 experience anxiety (Beyond Blue)

  • 1 in 5 experience depression (Beyond Blue)

"This forum was a call to the community, including healthcare professionals to come together to talk about what is working, and what is not, so that we can take steps towards supporting women.” ~ Natalie Benhayon

The forum addressed a number of pertinent questions in relation to women’s health such as:

  • How can we best support women & their families when they experience illness & disease?

  • How can we support them not just with the physical treatment required, but also with the psychological and emotional impact illness can bring?

  • How can our community come together as a supportive network to address these issues?

  • What are the obstacles in the way of establishing a collaborative community approach to women’s health?

Moving forward: Community Support Groups

A key output from the forum has been the establishment of community support groups aimed to offer ongoing support for women and those who care for them. These cover a wide range of pertinent issues including Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Support and Service for Carers, Ageing, Anorexia and Bulimia Support and more.

For more information see the Women's Health Forum page.

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