Newsletter - June 2021

Welcome to our June newsletter

With new requirements introduced in the ACT and restrictions being implemented around the country, it's normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed by the fast pace of change as a result of COVID-19. 

We will share information from ACT Health regarding these changes across our social media pages, and we encourage you to follow their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest information.

If you're feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, we recommend the 'COVID-19: managing stress and anxiety' guide created by the University of Melbourne. This guide discusses common reactions to change and uncertainty, strategies to cope, along with helpful resources and support.

Continue to reach out to loved ones, friends, and family during this time. We all have a role to play in keeping our community and loved ones safe. 

Staff updates

Our wonderful Health Promotion Officer Pip Courtney-Bailey is heading off on a six-month contract with the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services. In the 4 years Pip has worked with us, she has been instrumental to all of our work particularly with women in prison, and maternity care in the ACT. We're excited to share the journey with Pip and look forward to welcoming her back in 2022!

We're also saying goodbye to Communications and Administration Officer, Adelaide Haynes as she takes up a role with WorkSafe ACT. Adelaide has brought energy and creativity to our social media channels and events which we will miss. We wish Adelaide all the best with her new role!

During this time, please send all correspondence to for Amber and Julia to assist. 


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Canberra's female prisoners move out of the men's high security wing and back into their cottages

Great news out of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). Female detainees will finally be moved back into cottages that were designed to accommodate them initially. For three years, women were housed in a wing designed for high-security male prisoners. 

After extensive advocacy, we are proud to have been a part of the process of implementing change and being a voice for the women in prison. 
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ACT health services 'confident' in contraceptives trial, cautious of broader rollout

Julia Tran spoke with The Canberra Times about new trials rolling out in pharmacies across NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

"Many women were unaware of the full scope of options and the majority of general practitioners pointed them directly to the oral contraceptive pill."

The roll out aims to tackle one of the main causes for unwanted pregnancy - a lack of education.

Services and leaders in the ACT are confident in the trial but say it must be implemented carefully to avoid becoming another barrier for women.
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ACTCOSS Budget Submission

We welcome and support ACTCOSS' ACT Budget Priorities for 2021-22. We are delighted to see a number of issues raised that directly affect women's health in the ACT. Women's Health Matters were mentioned in their item on 'women, gender and sexuality,' citing the cost of violence against women. 

We thank ACTCOSS for their critical and continued work advocating for social justice in the ACT. 
Read the submission


What's on in July?

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news and information relevant to women's health and wellbeing in the ACT.
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Jean Hailes advice for women


Dementia - 12 things to know to reduce your risk

We all get forgetful sometimes – misplacing keys, missing birthdays or anniversaries, going blank on someone’s name. Even menopause can play a part, with 60% of women going through menopause reporting memory complaints.

Dementia, however, is much more than just forgetting things. It can affect the way we think, the way we behave and our ability to perform usual tasks.

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

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