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11 September 2020
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Women’s Health Week ambassador Tina McCarthy spreads good health message to rural women

Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) is celebrating Women’s Health Week this 7-11 September, spreading messages of good health with the help of campaign ambassador Tina McCarthy.

Women’s Health Week is an annual national campaign run by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. Through its evidence-based health information and messages, it seeks to improve all women’s health and encourage women to make healthier choices. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever for women to look after their overall health and wellbeing.

The CHRH Population Health team is taking the campaign online this year, via their Facebook page and website, as they share a series of photos and videos that showcase local women highlighting the importance of good health and practising self-care.

Tina McCarthy, a Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week ambassador and founder of Melbourne bike-riding group Wheel Women, is an inspiring woman who was interviewed as part of this series.  

The CHRH Population Health team encourages community members to take part by sending in an image of how you practise self-care and take time out for yourself. This will contribute to a series of photos to be shared on social media to convey that taking time out for yourself is not selfish or self-indulgent, but an important part of staying healthy. Email your photo to pophealth@hhs.vic.gov.au.

“Central Highlands Rural Health is excited to be able to promote Women’s Health Week by celebrating the many incredible women within our community,” says Taletha Rizio, senior health promotion officer for Central Highlands Rural Health. “We also want to encourage women within the community to look after their health and be aware of the services and support available.”

During Women’s Health Week, staff at CHRH are also taking part in the all abilities ‘Take Steps for Women’s Health’ virtual challenge as they collectively walk the 210km Goldfields Track from Ballarat to Bendigo. They are participating to get active and make their moves count while raising funds for Jean Hailes to help them to deliver women’s health information, education and services to more women and girls across Australia.

You can help support CHRH in this challenge and donate here.

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For more information on Jean Hailes or Women’s Health Week please contact Caroline Cottrill on 0438 257 246 or email caroline.cottrill@jeanhailes.org.au