BOOK UP CHECK UP THIS WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK
Women are being reminded to book important health check-ups to take care of their physical and mental health during Women’s Health Week (5-11 September).
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many in our communities had been putting off important appointments to keep their loved ones safe, but now was the time to refocus on their health and wellbeing.
“We know that the pandemic put women, in particular, under greater stress with increased pressure on their work, home and social lives taking a toll on their mental and physical health,” Mr Anderson said.
“Routine check-ups may have been missed so it’s important to use this year’s women’s health week to get back into the doctors office for a routine check-up.”
Minister for Regional Health, Mental Health and Women Bronnie Taylors said NSW Health provides a range of services and programs targeted to addressing the health needs of women including cervical and breast cancer screening, fertility treatments, menopause support and mental health services.
“Women who are overdue for a cervical or breast cancer screening are urged to book an appointment as soon as possible as these tests are the best way to detect the early signs of cancer, which could save your life,” Mrs Taylor said.
BreastScreen NSW recommends mammograms for women aged 50-74. You can book an appointment by calling 13 20 50 or visiting the website. Women aged under 40 who have a family history of breast cancer should talk to their GP.
Mrs Taylor said women should also prioritise their mental health and wellbeing by accessing mental health support if they suffer from depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
“Good mental health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Staying well is also important for women who may be struggling with infertility, pregnancy, motherhood, or menopause,” Mrs Taylor said.
Women’s Health Week is an annual national event, run by not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.
Visit www.womenshealthweek.com for events available across the state and online.
If you need to talk to someone immediately, the Mental Health Line is available 24/7 on 1800 011 511. You can also find other mental health support and services for women on the NSW Health website.