Newsletter - February 2021

Women's Health Matters February Newsletter

Welcome to our February newsletter.

It may have been a short month but we have lots to share! Including new surveys to have your say and upcoming community events to attend.

2021 is a big year for us as we celebrate the year of our 30th Birthday! We are already planning for April (our Birthday month) so we look forward to sharing more with you as we celebrate!

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New Women's Health Matters health and wellbeing survey!
ACT women from multicultural backgrounds

Our culture influences the way that women look after their health and wellbeing, and the services and support that we access. That is why in the leadup to Harmony Day on 21 March we are seeking the input of ACT women for multicultural backgrounds to learn more about their health and wellbeing!

The survey will help Women's Health Matters to identify gaps, barriers and emerging trends that will influence and inform future advocacy efforts in the ACT. The survey explores how women from multicultural backgrounds in the ACT understand and manage their health and wellbeing needs, which health services and supports they access, whether there are barriers to that access, and what methods they use to seeking health and wellbeing information.

The survey is open till COB Friday 2nd April 2021, and can be accessed at

If you would like to help us share this survey, please share this Flyer (with QR code) to your community or share this Facebook post on your social media platform. Thank you!
Go to ACT multicultural women's health and wellbeing survey
ACT women with a disability - we need your input!
Our community consultation survey of ACT women with a disability and their health and wellbeing needs closes soon - COB Tuesday 2nd March 2021.  If you are a woman with a disability, or a carer of a women with a disability, please help us influence and inform future advocacy efforts by completing the survey.

This survey link is for ACT women with a disability:

This survey link is for carers in a caring relationship for a woman with a disability, who may not have a voice otherwise:

Please feel free to share this survey.

Go to ACT women with disability survey
International Women's Day event - Housing and finance for older women
COTA ACT is hosting an International Women's Day event on Wednesday 10 March. The topic, Housing and finance for older women, is intended to draw attention to issues that women face as they age and how financial security, employment and housing are increasingly less certain as we age.

The event will be launched by Minister Emma Davidson and the panel discussion will be chaired by COTA ACT CEO Jenny Mobbs. The panel discussion will include participants Cathi Moore AM, (who sits on the Board of both ACTCOSS and Community Housing Canberra) and Marcia Williams from Women’s Health Matters. Afternoon tea will be provided.

When: Wednesday 10 March 2021, from 1 - 2.30pm.

Where: Hughes Community Centre, 2 Wisdom Street Hughes.

RSVP by Monday 8 March to or phone 6282 3777.
RSVP here
Have you noticed the changes on City Walk? Tell us what you think!
The City Renewal Authority has been undertaking major landscape improvements to the section of City Walk between Garema Place and Ainslie Place. The changes have been designed to bring new life to an underused part of the city centre, and includes the installation of new plants and trees, new paving, better lighting and new street furniture.
Women’s Health Matters knows from our previous work What makes public spaces safer for ACT women?  that perceptions of personal safety can influence the extent to which some people in the ACT use public places and spaces. Women told us that they felt unsafe in public spaces where there was poor lighting or barriers to visibility, in isolated areas where there was no passive surveillance, where there was no clear signage, with inadequate security or access to help, or where there were other people in the area who may be a threat to their personal safety. 

And City Walk has been a place where many ACT women have told us they had concerns about their personal safety including on our Canberra Safety Map.

So we want to know what you think of the changes and your perceptions about the area now that there have been these landscape improvements.  Whether you are a woman who uses City Walk (whether it be on your daily commute, somewhere to sit and eat your lunch, on weekends when shopping or socialising with friends) or a woman who has not visited the area but would like to comment on the changes we would love to hear your thoughts and feelings.

What do you think of the changes? Have the recent improvement changed the way you feel about the City Walk area?  

You can provide your feedback on the Canberra Safety Map, or by completing the following short survey at Or let us know on our Facebook.

We look forward to hearing your views and will share the feedback with the City Renewal Authority.
Go to City Walk renewal survey
Canberra’s first ever Endometriosis Awareness Walk

Join Canberra's first ever Endometriosis Awareness Walk at 10am on Sunday 14th March.

The Worldwide EndoMarch takes place around the world every year in March. Women around the world wear yellow and ‘march’ to increase the visibility of endometriosis and it’s potentially debilitating effects. For the first time ever Canberra is joining in!

The Canberra EndoMarch will be around Lake Burley Griffin, starting at the Sculpture Garden behind the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), walking over Kings St Bridge, along past Blundell’s Cottage then over Commonwealth Ave Bridge and back to the Sculpture Garden. Endometriosis Awareness Walk | Endo A.C.T.

Please wear yellow and bring as many of your family and friends with you as you can (all dressed in yellow).
RSVP here
Have your say! The Canberra Hospital Master Plan
There is an opportunity for you to 'Have Your Say' about the Canberra Hospital Master Plan. The Canberra Hospital Master Plan is being developed as a long-term planning document to ensure that future changes make the campus welcoming and usable for patients and staff. The plan will inform the future development of the Canberra Hospital to make sure it can respond to the current and future needs of our community, so consider providing feedback directly on the “Your Say” website at until the 10 March 2021.
"Your say" website

Steps to good health, one at a time

Want to take a step towards good health but not sure where to start? In this month's article, Jean Hailes specialist women’s health GP, Dr Lee Mey Wong, gives her tips on how to get on track for healthy living. Find out more in the link below.

Published with the permission of Jean Hailes for Women's Health.

Steps to good health, one at a time
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