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05 August 2019

Women’s Health Week connecting with remote communities

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is working with a growing number of remote and indigenous communities around Australia for Women’s Health Week (2-6 September). Events are now being held in the Northern Territory and Central Australia, South Australia, Norfolk Island and the Tiwi Islands. 

The Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation is just one organisation hosting a series of Women’s Health Week events in conjunction with its Deadly Diva Days.

Established in 1992, Garnduwa supports communities in the Kimberley to promote active and healthy lifestyles. The Deadly Diva Days, designed to empower young Aboriginal women and girls by promoting self-care, happy minds and healthy lifestyles in a culturally safe way, will be held in Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Kununurra, Derby, Halls Creek and Looma.

Local girls take part in workshops that promote health and wellness through dance, nutrition, social and emotional wellbeing and creative arts. This year’s workshops will incorporate Women’s Health Week messages and health resources.

“Many of the young girls who participate in the Deadly Diva Days come from remote communities and small towns and have minimal supplies and limited opportunity to access products and information that many of us take for granted,” says Layla Yu, Leadership Program Coordinator. “It will be wonderful to give them Women’s Health Week bags to take home and share with their female family members.”

“This year we are working with even more organisations, including schools, sporting clubs, community groups and health services, reaching a number of under-serviced communities across Australia,” says Brenda Jones, Women’s Health Week campaign manager. “Delivering trusted health information to women and girls who need it the most is at the heart of what we do during Women’s Health Week. By working with Garnduwa, there are girls in the Kimberley that will now have our health resources.”

Garnduwa local girls

About Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week is run annually by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, a leader in women’s health for more than 25 years. Appointed by the Australian Government as the national digital gateway for women's health and wellbeing, Jean Hailes combines evidence-based research and clinical experience with practical resources and tools for women and health professionals.

Last year, more than 85,000 people took part. More than 2100 events were held across the country from Esperance to the Tiwi Islands, and more than 47,000 people received online health content.

For media

For more information, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email media@jeanhailes.org.au