26 September 2023

Women’s Health Week is time for check-ups

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NSW Women are being reminded to take care of their physical and mental health for Women’s Health Week this week (5-11 September).

Reminding women to book important health check-ups, the Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor said appointments may have been delayed or avoided during the COVID-19 pandemic, but women should now take the time to focus on their health and wellbeing.

“We know women have been under greater stress during the pandemic, with increased pressures on their work, home and social life potentially taking a toll on their mental and physical health,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Women need to make their health a priority this Women’s Health Week as delaying routine check-ups may cause what was initially a minor health concern to develop into a more serious issue.”

She said NSW Health provided a range of services and programs to address the health needs of women, including cervical and breast cancer screening, fertility treatments, menopause support and mental health services.

Mrs Taylor urged women who were overdue for a cervical or breast cancer screening to book an appointment as soon as possible.

“These tests are the best way to detect the early signs of cancer, which could save your life,” the Minister said.

“Women should also prioritise their mental health and wellbeing by accessing mental health support if they suffer from depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts,” she said.

“Good mental health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing.”

Mrs Taylor said staying well was also important for women who may be struggling with infertility, pregnancy, motherhood or menopause.

Further information on women’s health services can be accessed at this PS News link.

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