Book review in this women’s health week
Women’s Minister, Regional Health Minister and Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said women may have delayed or avoided appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they should now take the time to focus on their health and well-being.
“We know that women have been under greater stress during the pandemic, with increased pressures on their work, home and social lives, which could affect their mental and physical health,” Ms Taylor said.
“Women need to make their health a priority this Women’s Health Week because delaying routine checkups can turn what was initially a minor health issue into a more serious one.
NSW Health offers a range of services and programs aimed at meeting women’s health needs, including cervical and breast cancer screening, fertility treatments, menopause support and health services mental.
“Women who are overdue for cervical or breast cancer screening are urged to book an appointment as soon as possible as these tests are the best way to detect early signs of cancer, which could save lives,” Ms Taylor said.
BreastScreen NSW recommends mammograms for women aged 50-74. You can make an appointment by calling 13 20 50 or visiting the BreastScreen NSW website.
Women under 40 who have a family history of breast cancer should talk to their GP.
Ms Taylor said women should also prioritize their mental health and wellbeing by accessing mental health support if they are suffering from depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
“Good mental health is essential to your overall health and well-being. Staying healthy is also important for women who may be struggling with infertility, pregnancy, motherhood or menopause,” Ms Taylor said.
Women’s Health Week is an annual national event organized by the non-profit organization Jean Hailes for women’s health.
Jean Hailes Women’s Health CEO Janet Michelmore said more than 400 events were taking place around NSW and more than 2,300 events across Australia as part of the campaign.
“This week encourages women to get their health checked and also reminds them that it’s okay to put yourself first,” Ms Michelmore said.
Visit Women’s Health Week for events near you.