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20 July 2022
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Reaching Australia’s First Nations communities with newly-created Indigenous resources

For the first time, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is releasing an Indigenous promotional kit to help reach and include diverse audiences across Australia in the national campaign.

Now in its 10th year, Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week (5-11 September 2022) is Australia’s biggest week dedicated to good health and wellbeing for women, girls and gender-diverse people. It encourages all women to host or take part in an event centred on health, connect with others in their community, to look after their health, and access valuable health information provided by Jean Hailes for free.

First Nations communities, organisations and all people in Australia are encouraged to use the beautifully-designed Indigenous resources to promote Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week to their community, workplace, family and friends. The resources in the kit include posters, postcards, bunting, event invitations, social media tiles and more.

“The new Indigenous edition of the Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week promotional kit is based on the beautiful artwork of contemporary visual artist and Anangu woman, Elizabeth Close. It is a wonderful and welcomed addition to all the resources Jean Hailes for Women’s Health offers in their efforts to reach all parts of our community, in particular the Indigenous community and our allies,” says Shelley Ware, Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week ambassador and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman.

“Drawing on the connection to Country, the kit will encourage members of First Nations communities and allies to be a part of this year’s Women’s Health Week and make it even more meaningful and fun to invite friends, families and co-workers to join them for an event. I’m thrilled this Jean Hailes for Women’s Health initiative includes and celebrates our beautiful culture – the oldest living culture in the world,” continues Ms Ware, who is a respected and recognised presenter of AFL and AFLW.

The health information for Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week 2022 will focus on the top five concerns in women’s health: menopause, pelvic health, mind health, movement, and health checks, and will remind women that it’s okay to put yourself first.

Registering and hosting an event is easy. Hosts can access an event guide and get several benefits. “The events can be educational, celebratory, or just an opportunity to connect with women in your circle, community, or workplace,” explains Renea Camilleri, Women’s Health Week and Community Engagement Manager at Jean Hailes. Having worked as a registered nurse and midwife, and visited and liaised with several First Nations communities and organisations, Ms Camilleri is passionate about the health of women across Australia.

During this year’s Women’s Health Week, Jean Hailes will also launch the results of the annual national Women’s Health Survey revealing a picture of the most pressing health concerns of women across the country.

2022 marks a special year in the history of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, with Women’s Health Week celebrating its 10th anniversary and the organisation celebrating its 30th birthday.

For the first time this year, Women’s Health Week messages have also been translated into 10 different languages, including Arabic, Filipino, Hindi, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese, amongst others. The health messages ‘Get your health checked out’ and ‘It’s okay to put yourself first’ are provided as in-language promotional social tiles along with written captions. An accessible edition of the promotional kit is also available for the first time.

Find out more about Women’s Health Week or find the Indigenous resources under Promotions resources on the website.

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About Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the health of all women. The organisation was founded 30 years ago in honour of pioneering medical practitioner, Dr Jean Hailes, who established the nation’s first (and only second in the world) women’s health clinic dedicated to menopause. In 2022, Jean Hailes now operates two clinics in Victoria, servicing all women’s health needs.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health provides free, evidence-based health information for all women, girls and gender-diverse people. Consumers can access fact sheets, booklets, health tips, videos, animations, articles and podcasts. Resources and educational kits are available in easy-to-understand English as well as Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Farsi and Hindi, amongst others. Jean Hailes also offers accredited e-learning courses, webinars, and plain English and in-language resources for health professionals to support their clinical practice.