NACCHO #WomensHealthWeek : Healthy Indigenous women are advocates and leaders for community health and wellbeing

Shelly Ware

Shelley Ware is a proud Yankanjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide and as presenter on NITV’s Marngrook Footy Show she has become one of the most respected and recognised female presenters of AFL football in the country.

Shelley shares our passion for education and having the right information to look after your health and future.

Check out “Shelley Ware – Ambassador Women’s Health Week 2016” by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health on Vimeo.

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Its a sea of pink as the Sistas and Aunties yarin it up at ATSICH #ACCHO Brisbane

The Government recognises that while women’s health outcomes are improving overall, there are some marked pockets of significant inequality.

“Most concerning for me is the poorer health outcomes for Indigenous women, and women from lower educational and socio-economic groups, and this includes their experience of ageing,” .

The Government also recognises that healthy women are advocates and leaders for health and wellbeing in their own families, and the broader community.

“If you invest in women’s health, and empower women to make choices about their own health and healthcare, it has significant flow-on effects for the health of the community.”

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash Press Release 1 Below



” Women’s Health Week 2016 is an opportunity to raise awareness about health issues facing Australian women, and to look at the future of women’s health care under the Turnbull Government’s savage cuts to health.

The theme of this year’s Women’s Health Week is ‘Am I normal?’, encouraging women to talk about the ‘elephants in the room’- such as body image, weight, mental health and sex.

Labor hopes that the Turnbull Government will use this week to reflect on how its policies are hurting women and finally drop their health cuts.”

Catherine King Opposition spokesperson for Health

Check out Am I Normal HERE

Am I Normal

Check out Am I Normal HERE

Women’s Health Week is putting the focus on the health of Australian women and girls, with a range of events across the country and online activities to get women thinking about their health, and taking action to improve it.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said women’s health and wellbeing is one of the Government’s fundamental priorities.

“Australian women are living healthier, longer lives, supported by better, more targeted health services, but there is more work to do to increase awareness, empower women and support them in their goals for better health and wellbeing,” Ms Ley said.

“This week I want women to take a little time out for themselves to think about their own health needs.

“Women’s health needs are diverse – as diverse as women themselves – and our health system has to be responsive, and provide women with information and options, for their own health and the health of their families.”

The Australian Government’s broader health system reforms are designed to streamline and tailor services to meet women’s changing needs. This incorporates the full life cycle – from maternal health, breastfeeding, and broader reproductive health, to preventive health, the management of chronic conditions, mental health, and a patient-focussed aged care system built on choice.

“I am proud of the Government’s range of programs and initiatives that focus on women’s health,” Ms Ley said.

“Initiatives such as the National Breastfeeding Helpline (almost $3 million over 3 years from 2016-17 for workforce training and a 24-hour toll-free helpline), the National Maternity Services Plan, domestic violence services including tailored domestic violence services for Indigenous women, National

Antenatal Care Guidelines, support for BreastScreen Australia, the National Cervical Screening Program, and Healthy Ageing are all crucial for women’s health.

“But our broader transformational reforms to primary health care – like Primary Health Networks, the

National Mental Health Strategy and Health Care Homes – revolutionising the management of chronic and complex conditions – will also have a big impact on health outcomes for women.”


Data from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health program, defunded by this Government after 18 years of invaluable research on general practice, shows that women visit a GP an average of seven times a year – twice as often as men. Women are also more likely to visit medical specialists.

As a result, women will be hit harder by the Government’s GP Tax by stealth, the six year freeze on Medicare rebates. Practices around Australia are already being forced to abandon bulk billing and increase co-payments.

Women will also be hit harder by the Government’s cuts to Medicare bulk billing incentives for vital tests and scans, like pap smears and ultrasounds. Around 60 per cent of Medicare pathology and diagnostic imaging services are provided to women.

Forcing women to pay more to see doctors and have vital tests makes absolutely no sense when many Australian women already struggle to afford health care.

One in 17 women already delay or avoid seeing a GP because of cost, compared to one in 25 men. For some age groups the data is even worse, with one in 11 women aged 25 to 34 years old skipping seeing a GP because of cost – at exactly the time when they are most likely to become mothers.

One in 11 women also delay or avoid filling a prescription due to cost – which will only get worse when the Government hikes the price of medicines by up to $5.

That’s why Labor committed during the election campaign to unfreeze Medicare rebates, restore the Government’s cuts to pathology and diagnostic imaging, and reverse the Government’s price hike to medicines.

Labor also committed to making women’s health a national priority by adopting theAustralian Women’s Health Charter, as proposed by the Australian Women’s Health Network. As part of this pledge, Labor committed to developing a National Women’s Health Policy, funding the Women’s Health Network to continue their important work, and convening a national conference on women’s health.

In contrast, two months after the Prime Minister said he would learn the lesson of the election, he has done absolutely nothing to reverse the Government’s savage health cuts which will impact every Australian woman.

More information on Women’s Health Week is available at

Women’s Health Week goes from Monday 5th- Friday 9th September.



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