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Women’s Health Matters is an independent, non-partisan think tank that works to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the ACT and surrounding region.

We advocate on behalf of all ACT women, especially those experiencing disadvantage and vulnerability.

We seek to improve the health and wellbeing of anyone who identifies as a woman.

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Women’s Health Matters is committed to reconciliation and acknowledges the First Australians whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history, as the traditional custodians of this continent. We also recognise the history of dispossession experienced by the First Australians and the impact this has and continues to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We recognise the Ngunnawal People as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the strength of Aboriginal women and their continuing connection and contribution to this land, these waters, and our communities. May we walk gently and treat the earth and each other with care and respect.

New Women’s Health Matters research shows health inequalities in women who have a disability barriers to employment, social events, transports and health services.

Women’s Health Matters, new report, “I have to ask to be included…”, captured the experiences of women with disabilities about their health and wellbeing, their access to health services, supports and health information.

Amber Hutchison, the project officer running the research at Women’s Health Matters said

“Last year the COVID-19 ACT lockdown helped to highlight significant health disparities for women with disabilities, they appeared to be forgotten in terms of supports and services. And had limited access to the essential supports they needed.”

Read the Media release for new report here

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It's day 4 of #WomensHealthWeek and R U OK Day with the focus on your mind matters. Check out Jean Hailes for Women's Health for #WFH tips and tricks, living on your own or in a crowded home, and dealing with the feeling of "blah" being present since 2020. It's also a great reminder to check in and share these tips to those around you and keep connected as we work together in the age of COVID-19 towards safe-guarding health for all. ... See MoreSee Less
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It's day 2 of #WomensHealthWeek and we're reminding you that our bodies do some amazing things! Today we're focusing on tricky periods. Do you know what's normal when it comes to your period?The menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones and on average goes for 28 days. Menstruation can last the first 3 to 7 days of the cycle when the lining of the uterus breaks down and leaves the body. This bleed is known as the period.If your period affects your day-to-day life then it is important to get checked to find ways to improve your quality of life.Check out www.womenshealthweek.com.au/the-week/tuesday for myths and facts, articles and podcasts about menstruation.#womenshealthmatters#womenshealthweek2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is "Move it Monday" to kick off #WomensHealthWeek! Here is a reminder to be kind to yourself during this lockdown and to keep active by setting aside time for exercise and taking regular breaks throughout your day. Check out these tips below from Jean Hailes for Women's Health. It's also a great time to uplift women's health and make sure the women in your life are being proactive about getting their health and wellbeing checked and screened, even during a lockdown. Good health is powerful and it starts with you.#womenshealthmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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What's on in September?•1st - 30th September: Dementia Awareness Month•4th September: World Sexual Health Day•6th - 10th September: Women's Health Week•9th September: R U OK Day#womenshealthmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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Women do health differently. Our research and advocacy is informed by women for women.

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