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23 March 2018

Women’s Health Week 2018 kicks off

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is excited to announce the launch of Women’s Health Week 2018 – the national health campaign for all women.

Jean Hailes research tells us the biggest barrier for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is lack of time. We can change that. Women’s Health Week, 3-7 September, is about women making a little time for their health.

“We can be so busy taking care of others that we sometimes fail to find the time for our own health,” Janet Michelmore AO, Executive Director of Jean Hailes. “Many of us need reminding that sometimes we have to put ourselves first to help others.

“We’re encouraging all women to put themselves first by signing up to the Week,” says Ms Michelmore. “You’ll receive free, useful and engaging health information and you also have the option to attend an event within your community or even have a bit of fun hosting your own event.”

This year’s campaign and new-look website features real women, led by one of Jean Hailes’ Ambassador's, Shelley Ware. Each of the women have their own unique journey but are united in the same message that ‘It’s time to put yourself first’.

2018 Women’s Health Week campaign faces


A proud Yankunyjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide. Like all women, Shelley juggles many roles including wife, mother, teacher and co-host of the ground-breaking Marngrook Footy show. She is a great believer that laughing with her husband and friends and keeping fit are key to a healthy happy life.


A second-year university student who loves all sport, particularly women’s football. Kiara also loves flying light aircraft and is a fully endorsed pilot. Majoring in exercise physiology, Kiara is looking to combine her two passions and work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service after she graduates.


A recreational cyclist and an active member of Wheel Women, the largest all-women cycling group in Victoria. A mother of three, grandmother of seven and now a great grandmother, Lyn believes that cycling is a great way to stay healthy and social.


A mother of two “munchkins” aged 8 and 5. Originally from Vietnam, Nhu has lived in Melbourne for 15 years. She particularly loves the seasons, the energy, the diversity, the food and the scenery. Nhu spends time looking after her mental and physical health with yoga and gardening.


Passionate about self-sufficiency, she can always be found in her garden - rain, hail or shine. Claire gets enormous joy out of growing fresh produce and feeding her family. She enjoys both the physical and mental health aspect of gardening that provides a place of physical activity as well as reflection and peace.


Has three children now aged 22, 19 and 17 who still keep her busy and having fun. Sunita has many passions, but the greatest of these would be travel with a recent highlight visiting the gorillas in Rwanda. She has also just got back into swimming, and is loving morning swims at her local pool.

About Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to improving women’s knowledge and understanding of complex health issues. Jean Hailes has a unique model, with three integrated units: medical centres; the Jean Hailes Research Unit (a formal partnership with Monash University); and a department that translates the latest health findings into practical, accessible information on our website, through the media, and through resources, educational programs and health professional events. Jean Hailes only produces trusted evidence-based information reviewed by our in-house team of clinicians. In 2016, Jean Hailes was officially recognised as the Federal Government’s national digital gateway for women’s health.

For media

For more information on Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, to interview our health experts or ambassadors or for images, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email media@jeanhailes.org.au

Find out more on the Women's Health Week campaign.