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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.

Have you or someone you know experienced sexual assault in the ACT?

We need your input.

Women’s Health Matters wants to better understand women’s experiences seeking help in the ACT, and their views about the services and support that they received.

We understand that women seeking help following a sexual assault have diverse circumstances and needs, meaning that there is no single best response that will be suitable for all women. Rather, there needs to be a range of responses available.

The findings from this research will better help us understand the ways in which ACT women seek help following a sexual assault, the services and supports they access, as well as when and why they choose to do it in such a way. We will use this research to advocate to improve responses in the ACT for women seeking help following a sexual assault.

The survey can be accessed here.

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Give your heart a little love this National Heart Week!Did you know that men and women experience symptoms of a heart attack differently?Women don't always feel pain in the centre of the chest when having a heart attack. Rather than the classic chest pain men often feel, women may feel breathless, and have nausea, back pain, tightness or discomfort in the arms and a general feeling of being unwell (Jean Hailes for Women's Health)Know the signs, check your heart health, talk to your GP and give your heart a little love.Visit the Heart Foundation for further information and resources >>> www.heartfoundation.org.au/programs/heart-week-2021Visit the Jean Hailes for Women's Health site for more information on Heart Health for women >>> www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/cardiovascular-health/symptoms-of-heart-attack-stroke-in-women#womenshealthmatters #hearthealth #heartweek ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Women's Health Matters 30th Birthday!Whether you joined us at the beautiful National Arboretum Canberra or tuned in to our Facebook live stream, it was wonderful celebrating this milestone achievement with you. A big thank you to the following;💗 Aunty Vi who delivered a beautiful welcome to country.💗 Board Chair Renee Dockrill for kicking the event off.💗 Dorothy Broome who delivered a moving speech and reflected on her work which essentially resulted in the beginning of Women's Health Matters.💗 Minister for Women Yvette Berry for her heartfelt video message. 💗 Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Emma Davidson MLA - Member for Murrumbidgee for her words, support and Princess Leia quote. 💗 Shadow Minister for City Services, Seniors, Women and Arts Nicole Lawder MLA for her personal reflection about empowering girls from a young age. 💗 Our CEO Marcia Williams for reflecting on our 30 year history. 💗 Paper Monkey Visual Strategy & Graphic Design who worked to produce our 30 year history book (and many more beautiful items throughout the years).💗 Jodi and the team from Hot Shots Photography for snapping these gorgeous photos.💗 The hospitable and friendly staff at Ginger Catering Events for looking after us on the night (and most importantly feeding us).💗 Our tech guru's at EAVS who made the live stream possible.💗 Nada (from Nada's cakes) for the delicious and beautiful chocolate cake.💗 Women's Health Matters Board Members and Members for your ongoing contribution to the direction we are heading and the impact we create.💗 Women's Health Matters staff who made the evening possible (and beautiful).There are many incredible people who have shaped the priorities, culture, relationships and subsequent achievements of the Women's Centre for Health Matters and we thank you for your support. ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re turning 30 in April! To celebrate thirty years of being the voice for women’s health and wellbeing in the ACT, we are opening the archives and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Over the next 30 days, we’ll be revisiting a milestone from each year. That’s right – 30 years in 30 days! Tomorrow morning we will be taking you back to 1991 and a tumultuous legal case that almost stopped the Women’s Centre for Health Matters before we even got started. Make sure you’re following us and share this with your friends and colleagues who might be interested in the work and achievements we’ve had over the past three decades!#thirtyyearsinthirtydays #womenshealthmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT this evening to light a candle and remember those who have died as a result of domestic and family violence 🕯️You can attend the event at 5:45pm at Ainslie Place or head to the DVCS Facebook page to watch the live stream. We remember today and always those who are no longer with us and all the survivors of domestic and family violence.Join DVCS at the National Day of Remembrance as we remember those who have died as a result of domestic and family violence, and children who have been left without a parent. This year’s event will be held at Ainslie Place, Canberra City on tonight (Wednesday 5 May) from 5.45pm and will be streamed live from our Facebook page. If you are planning on attending in person, we kindly ask you to register your attendance for Covid tracing purposes: dvcs.org.au/get-involed/events/ACT Policing ACT Human Rights Commission Beryl Women Inc Toora Women Inc. Yvette Berry ... See MoreSee Less
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This is the last week you can add your voice to our survey! We will use this research to advocate to improve responses in the ACT for women seeking help following a sexual assault. Our confidential survey closes FRIDAY 7th May. Share or complete our survey here >>> www.surveymonkey.com/r/DB36LZM #womenshealthmatters #Canberra #ACT #womenshealthHave you or someone you know experienced sexual assault in the ACT? We need your input.Women’s Health Matters wants to better understand women’s experiences seeking help in the ACT, and their views about the services and support that they received. We understand that women seeking help following a sexual assault have diverse circumstances and needs, meaning that there is no single best response that will be suitable for all women. Rather, there needs to be a range of responses available.The findings from this research will better help us understand the ways in which ACT women seek help following a sexual assault, the services and supports they access, as well as when and why they choose to do it in such a way. We will use this research to advocate to improve responses in the ACT for women seeking help following a sexual assault. The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DB36LZM#womenshealthmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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