Women’s Health Week: More than 21,000 women are taking part in over 500 events across Australia

When it comes to health, every woman has an elephant in the room. Women can be good talkers, but when it comes to health they often don't take the time to ask questions, seek out credible information and work out a sound plan of action. So it's time to start talking.

National not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women's Health will be getting rid of those elephants during Women's Health Week 2016 (5-9 September). Across five days, Women's Health Week will be online and on-the-ground. This year's theme, 'Am I Normal?', gives women across Australia the chance to learn more about their health and talk about issues they might not usually discuss. Free events, videos, a webcast, podcasts, recipes and much more will be supported by a range of experts to help make women's health a priority.

More than 21,000 women are already set to participate in events in every state and territory across Australia – they're taking place everywhere from Albany in Western Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory to the Brisbane Correctional Centre in Queensland. From health and wellness checks to afternoon teas and even a movie night – there are many ways Women's Health Week is being celebrated. You can find a list of registered events herewww.womenshealthweek.com.au/events

Our free Women's Health Week interactive webcast is also another great way to reach women in remote and rural communities. On Monday September 5 at 7.30pm AEST, three of Australia's leading experts will be talking live about what's normal when it comes to women's health. Dr Mandy Deeks, psychologist and Jean Hailes Deputy CEO; Maureen Matthews, sex educator and columnist; and Karen Inge, dietitian and author will be covering sex, weight management, body image, anxiety and worry in a lively one-hour session. Women are encouraged to register for the webcast herewww.webcasts.com.au/womenshealthweek2016

A range of high-profile ambassadors will be supporting the week, including Shelley Ware, presenter on NITV's Marngrook Footy Show; Andrew O'Keefe, host of The Chase and co-host of Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network; Daisy Pearce, captain of Melbourne Football Club AFL women's team and Darebin Falcons; and Steph Prem, a former winter Olympian who now runs her own fitness studio.

"This is a great opportunity for women in towns and cities across Australia to find out what they need to know about women's health, what they want to know and what's not being talked about," says Jean Hailes Executive Director Janet Michelmore. "Women's Health Week is an important community event, allowing women to talk freely about their health issues."

"This year's theme, 'Am I Normal,' is such an important topic for women," says Jean Hailes Deputy CEO and psychologist Dr Mandy Deeks. "It's a question we all ask ourselves at some stage, whether it's about weight, body image, mental health or sex."

To receive daily updates, videos and all of the information on events, women can subscribe to Women's Health Week at www.womenshealthweek.com.au/about/register

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Media contacts

For more information on Women's Health Week, including images, ambassador videos and key messages go to www.womenshealthweek.com.au
For interviews with Jean Hailes spokespeople or for more information about Women's Health Week, please contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or email janelle.carrigan@jeanhailes.org.au

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