Women’s Health Week

More than 56,000 women taking part in over 1,500 events across Australia.


When it comes to health, many women are great at caring for others but often put themselves last.


Jean Hailes for Women’s Health will be helping women make their health a priority during Women’s Health Week 2017 (4-8 September). For women, the health of those you love starts with you.


By investing more time in ourselves, women are better able to look after the ones they love and care about.

Women’s Health Week will be online and on-the-ground for five days, helping women make positive changes that can last a lifetime. Women across Australia will learn more about their health and talk about issues they might not usually discuss.


Each day has a different online theme with free articles, videos, podcasts, recipes and tools supported by a range of experts.


Content from Women’s Health Week has been informed by the results of Australia’s largest survey of women’s health.


This year (2017), more than 10,300 women and health professionals responded to the Women’s Health Survey, offering insights into topics such as mental health and anxiety, physical activity, and sleep and fatigue.


The survey revealed that more than 40% of women have been professionally diagnosed with anxiety or depression and that around 60% aren’t getting the required 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity a week.


The five themes are a result of what surveyed women told us they want to know more about:


Day one: heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in Australia, yet women’s main health concern is cancer, according to our survey. We explore how symptoms of heart attacks can be different in women, and key heart disease risks.


Day two: mindfulness. Almost 60% of women said they felt nervous, anxious or on the edge in the two weeks prior to our survey. On Tuesday, we cover mindfulness, a type of meditation that can help manage stress, anxiety and depression.


Day three: bone health. The strength and health of our bones is a major concern for Australian women. We look at ways women can ensure their frames stay strong throughout their lives.


Day four: physical activity. More than half of women surveyed don’t do the required 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity a week. Our experts explain how to get moving more.


Day five: sleep. Nearly half of women surveyed had trouble sleeping on at least several days every week. We look at why women are tired and simple but effective ways to beat poor sleep and fatigue.


“Our survey results offer a fascinating insight into the state of women’s health in Australia today,” sais survey director Dr Helen Brown, the Head of the Translation, Education & Communication Unit at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.


“Most women say they’re in good health but many admit to worrying excessively every week, not being physically active enough and think that they’re overweight.”


Women’s Health Week is a fantastic opportunity for women around Australia to take a little bit of time out for themselves and try to work on some of these health issues, said Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore AO.


“They can get together with friends and share a cooking class or join a bike ride—it’s whatever they want to make of it. It’s about setting aside some time in our busy lives to think or talk about health issues and possibly think about ways you can make a few positive changes.”


5 September 2017.