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How we choose our ambassadors

As a not-for profit organisation, the role of the Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week ambassador is an unpaid one. We look to partner with people who are able to commit time across the year and who are also passionate and knowledgeable about helping women and girls live healthy lives.

We look for a range of people who:

  • represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience and represent women and girls all over Australia who we want to help be the healthiest they can be;
  • believe in the power of good health by promoting our positive, inclusive and common-sense messages around good health and wellbeing for women and girls of all ages;
  • can speak with authority on an aspect of women’s health; ambassadors can only give advice or commentary on medical or health issues if they have the required education or training in that field, otherwise they can speak freely about their personal health experiences;
  • are willing to use their profile/position to help us continue to improve women’s physical and mental health through networks, media and government.

What it means to be a Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week ambassador

We rely on the support of our ambassadors to help us spread the word across Australia. However, we are sensitive to our ambassadors’ many commitments and try not ask more than can be given freely and hopefully, in return, we give something back. We ask that you contribute positively to, and actively engage in, the campaign for a period of six months, starting 1 April to 30 September by:

  • adding the WHW logo to your personal website
  • including the words “I am proud to be a Jean Hailes/Women’s Health Week ambassador” on your website and social media profiles
  • sharing and posting social media posts on your preferred platforms
  • sharing our messages and encouraging others to get involved in the week
  • recording one or two videos to promote the campaign (scripts to be workshopped with the Jean Hailes team)
  • attending scheduled activation or launch events, if possible and time permits
  • participating in a relevant Facebook Live sessions (depending on expertise)
  • hosting your own Women’s Health Week event/s
  • engaging with your community and networks
  • lending your profile to be quoted in media releases
  • helping with news stories and media exposure.

The Jean Hailes/Women’s Health Week Ambassador Honour Roll

2013

Dr John D’Arcy – GP and media presenter

Commander Tracey Linford – Vic Police

Quentin Bryce – Governor-General

Melinda Schneider - singer and songwriter

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP – politician, Labor Party

Noelene Brown – actress and comedian

Penny Williams – global ambassador for women and girls

Deborah Hutton – media presenter

2014

Deborah Hutton – media presenter

Liz Cambage – professional basketball player, Australian Opals

The Hon Michaela Cash MP – politician, Liberal Party

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

2015

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

Jennifer Keyte – newsreader, Channel 7

The Hon Sussan Ley MP – politician, Liberal Party

Denise Scott – comedian and actress

Andrew O’Keefe – co-host, Sunrise, Channel 7

2016

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

Andrew O’Keefe – co-host, Sunrise, Channel 7

Daisy Pearce – captain, Melbourne Football Club, AFLW

Steph Prem – former Winter Olympian and founder of PP Pilates

2017

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

Steph Moorhouse – former Olympian, gymnastics

Caroline Anderson – former Olympian, taekwondo and psychologist

Molina Asthana – lawyer and founder of Multicultural Women in Sport

Ludi Wiggins – former Olympian, diving

Belinda Hocking – former Olympian, swimming

Tina McCarthy – founder of Wheel Women

Nelly Thomas – comedian and health advocate

Diana Williams – founder of Fernwood

2018

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

Steph Moorhouse – former Olympian, gymnastics

Caroline Anderson – former Olympian, taekwondo and psychologist

Molina Asthana – lawyer and founder of Multicultural Women in Sport

Ludi Wiggins – former Olympian, diving

Belinda Hocking – former Olympian – swimming

Tina McCarthy – cycling enthusiast and founder of Wheel Women

Nelly Thomas – comedian and health advocate

Tiffany Cherry – sports presenter and producer

2019

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

Tina McCarthy – cycling enthusiast and founder of Wheel Women

2020 (current)

Shelley Ware – educator and proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman

Tina McCarthy – cycling enthusiast and founder of Wheel Women

Sam Wood – fitness professional and founder of 28 by Sam Wood

For more details please contact: Brenda Jones, Campaign Manager, Women’s Health Week brenda.jones@jeanhailes.org.au