Making women's health a priority

A person exercising in a gym

Many women have neglected health checks and wellbeing during the pandemic.

Women’s Health Week, from 5 to 11 September, is a nation-wide campaign led by Jean Hailes Women’s Health. The week is dedicated to highlighting women’s health and making good health a priority.

Many women have admitted to neglecting their regular health checks over the past few years, due to COVID-19 lockdowns and additional caring responsibilities.

According to a report by Women’s Health East (2021), women have been carrying the ‘triple load’ of paid work, care work and the mental labour of worrying during the pandemic, which has led to their health being affected both physically and mentally.

Emily Hepburn, from Canterbury, is mother to a 3-year-old and 9-month-old. Although she is grateful for her husband Andy’s support, she has found raising 2 children through COVID-19 challenging.

“Juggling the commitments between children, housework and work leaves very little time for anything else,” she says. For Emily, finding time for herself is the biggest challenge.

“There’s a mental barrier. I know I should prioritise fitness and my health, but there’s always a pile of nappies to be washed and dinner to be made by 6.”

We encourage all Boroondara women to mark Women’s Health Week by taking time for yourselves and putting yourselves first.

This might include:

  • booking in and attending your regular health checks and screenings
  • getting active and connecting socially
  • prioritising your mental health and wellbeing.

We also have a range of free activities planned, including fitness and wellbeing sessions in our parks, along with fun activities for the kids while you take some time for yourself.

For more details about what’s on near you, visit our Women's Health Week 2022 page.