Women’s health night proved a big success

August 12, 2017

Narelle O'Donoghue (community health manager Gannawarra Shire), Dr Megan Belot, Wendy Lunghusen (Cohuna District Hospital nurse), Tanya Maher-Toose (community health nurse Northern District Community Health), Rachel Weaver (counsellor Northern District Community Health) and Dr Margreet Stegeman.

A FREE women’s health night was held in Cohuna on Wednesday, July 26 as part of a partnership approach to celebrating all women across the Gannawarra Shire.

Northern District community health nurse Tanya Maher-Toose and Cohuna District Hospital nurse Wendy Lunghusen facilitated the evening which was attended by more than 115 women.

Key Note speakers were Dr Margreet Stegeman and Dr Megan Belot.

Dr Stegeman represented the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Foundation and spoke to the topic celebrating women and midlife.

Dr Stegeman said women are generally not good at looking after themselves.

‘‘We go through all kinds of stages when we have lots of demands both on our physical health and emotional health,’’ she said.

‘‘There are five main changes in a woman’s life: adolescence, entering motherhood, menopause, as children move away from home and we are left with an ‘empty nest’, and retirement.

‘‘In all the chaos of life women can feel unsure of themselves and need some coping mechanisms to manage stressful situations and competing demands.’’

Dr Belot highlighted the need for screening tests such as pap smears, breast care, immunisation, sexually transmitted infections and advanced care planning.

‘‘As women transition through the age stages, teenager to adulthood, to menopause and beyond it is important to know what physical health changes to expect and how to look after your mental health,’’ she said. ‘‘There are services available locally so for any concerns see your GP, practice nurse, local hospital or access services available through Northern District Community Health and other support services.’’

The event was one of 10 supported by the foundation.

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