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What you need to know today...

Turn on your speakers or pop on your headphones, and tune in to what we have on the schedule for you today, the last day of Women's Health Week 2020.

Woman in nature

Let’s kick things off with a big question…

How does financial health impact mental and physical health?

People often think of financial wellbeing and general health as two separate things. But there is actually an undeniable link between the two.

Money worries can cause stress and anxiety, which may in turn create other health issues such as insomnia and increased blood pressure.

Research shows that issues specific to women such as the ‘gender pay gap’ (the difference between the average earnings of women and men in the workforce) can have big flow-on effects to mental health and wellbeing.

Findings from a recent American study found that women whose income was lower than men had a nearly 2.5 times higher risk of depression, and their risk of anxiety was also four times higher.

Dealing with money worries

Money may not buy you love – but it can help give you peace of mind.


At some point in our lives we will all deal with financial strains. However, for a growing number of women, concerns about their financial health is fuelling a surge in their stress levels.

“It’s part of almost every conversation I have with women,” explains Jean Hailes psychologist Gillian Needleman.

Read our article and learn how to care for your emotional wellbeing during tough times – such as during COVID-19 – and get practical tips for improving your financial situation.

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How does financial security affect a woman's mental and physical health?

Joining Women's Health Week ambassador Shelley Ware today is Christina Hobbs, CEO and co-founder of Verve Super, a super fund for women. They'll be talking about some of the obstacles to women achieving financial security, and sharing advice for women on how to build a better financial future.

What if you can’t afford to visit the doctor?

Having to choose between taking care of your health or paying your rent on time is a tough call, but a reality faced by many women in Australia today.

Understanding medical costs

The Department of Health’s Medical Costs Finder is an online tool that can help you to understand the cost of common medical services provided by specialists in Australia.

Find out what the usual costs of medical services are, and if your out-of-pocket costs are high or low, compared with what others have paid for the same service.

You can also see the Medicare rebates and any private health insurance payments, which could affect the out-of-pocket costs you may pay.

Today’s top resources

Your financial health is closely tied to your physical health; so, just like saving money for the future, taking small positive steps today can have lasting impacts on your future health and happiness. Revisit the week’s top fact sheets and kick off your investment.

Fact sheets

Discover Jean Hailes fact sheets on a wide variety of women's health topics – from heart health and menopause to breast health and health checks. Some are also available in different languages.

Explore here

10 foods for the shopping trolley

In this video, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella discusses food as medicine and provides tips on grocery shopping for health. She talks through her favourite foods, including some of the best buys that won’t break your budget.

Watch the video

Budgeting planner

Having a budget helps you to stay in control of your money. You can put aside money for big bills when they arrive, and plan savings to achieve your money goals. You don’t need an accountant or special software to set up your own budget. Start by looking at where you are right now and where you want to be.

Get money-smart

Free workout with Sam Wood

You can get moving today without spending a cent with this 'no equipment' workout by Sam Wood, one of our Women's Health Week ambassadors.

Sam is a qualified personal trainer, with a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree and Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness.

Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately and speak to your doctor. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health will not be liable for any injury, loss or damage arising out of or related to the use of the video.

Health foods without the hype

From acai and maca powder to matcha, the latest superfoods often come with a lot of ‘health’ hype. However, a healthy diet doesn’t need to be filled with expensive and exotic ingredients, and ‘health food’ doesn’t have to cost the earth.

“In fact, eating healthy wholefoods can be an inexpensive way to eat,” says naturopath Sandra Villella.

Healthy wholefoods are the foods your grandparents would recognise and don’t necessarily come with crazy claims and marketing campaigns.

From the humble carrot to wholemeal bread or beans, a diet based on vegetables, wholegrains, legumes and fruit benefits our bodies and brains in so many ways, and is backed by decades of research.

Brodo di pollo recipe

Cook from scratch and you’ll never go back, so the saying goes.

Supermarkets shelves are packed with convenience items, from precooked rice pouches to pre-chopped vegies. But while buying these might save you time, your wallet loses out, with most packaged foods costing you more in the long run.

Today’s recipe is all about getting back to basics and cooking from scratch, to save you extra dollars along the way.

This homemade chicken stock, created by our naturopath Sandra Villella, is a recipe that just keeps on giving. Known by its Italian name, Brodo di pollo, it can be the basis of a comforting soup, a stock for risotto, or frozen in batches for your next favourite meal. It’s one of the easiest-ever recipes to throw together. Plus, the leftover cooked chicken is enough to make several extra meals. Now that’s bang for your buck!

Settle in with our e-Magazine

The latest digital edition of the Jean Hailes Magazine awaits, brimming with feature articles, health information and delicious recipes.

Reading and resources to boost your financial know-how

MoneySmart

MoneySmart helps people in Australia take control of their money and build a better life with free tools, tips and guidance.

Visit website

Women Talk Money

This online information hub and support service has a range of videos about life, money and relationships, and how to put financial health tips into practice.

Visit website

Super Guru

Understand and maximise your superannuation. Super Guru provides independent information to help you better engage with and grow your superannuation.

Learn how

Money Power Freedom podcast

Money Power Freedom is a podcast series hosted by Cal Wilson and Santilla Chingaipe. Their focus: decoding money and power, and what it means for women and our freedom.

Listen in

Shop around

Visit the Finder website and you can compare different mobile phone plans, utility providers and insurance policies, to help you make better financial decisions.

Get a better deal

She’s On the Money

Hosted by millennial money expert, Victoria Devine, She's On the Money podcasts are all about taking the fear out of finance and helping you become master of your money.

Access podcasts

Health checks e-Booklet

What's one healthy step you can take this Women's Health Week? Double-check that your health checks are up to date.

Get your personal guide to the different health checks required through your life journey by reading this e-Booklet.

Tell us what you think

We'd love to hear your thoughts on Women's Health Week 2020 - what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you want to see more of next year.