Women’s Health Week – by Dr Lisa Surman

For everyone working in health, Women’s Health Week is a chance for us to take stock, look at trends and find new resources to help female patients.

The Women’s Health Survey of more than 15,000 Australian women is a valuable “snapshot” of women’s health in Australia.

It reveals that while they are juggling children, the digital world, career and ageing parents,  more women are exercising ( 70.3% are doing more than 2 hours of moderate exercise weekly)  and less are smoking ( 90.5%).

However, there are concerning statistics regarding their wellbeing that, as health professionals, we need to be aware of:

  • 50.8% of surveyed women describe themselves as overweight or obese
  • 9.5% of women drink daily
  • 46.1% of surveyed women have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a doctor or psychologist
  • 34.5% of women reported not getting enough time to themselves on a weekly basis
  • 66.9% of women reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or on more than seven days in the past few weeks

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health conducted the survey and Director, Janet Michelmore says the data demonstrates the complex demands on modern women who are either trying, or think they are expected, to do so much.

She says that time is the biggest barrier for women who are trying to make health a priority, but finding that a challenge. Social media also plays a part in the expectations of women to always appear as perfect.

You can read the whole report here.

The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week runs all this week (3rd to 7th September) and for more information visit www.womenshealthweek.com.au.

The organisation provides free daily videos, podcasts, stories, recipes and more throughout the week.

The Jean Hailes Organisation provides practical, accessible evidence-based and reliable  information on the website and in 2016 was recognised officially as the Federal Government’s national digital gateway for women’s health.

A valuable resource, indeed, for giving the best possible care to Australian female patients.

Dr Lisa Surman, CBD West Medical Centre, Perth, WA

Member of Best Practice Software’s Clinical Leadership Advisory Committee

“Often patients spend time talking about current medical and social issues, taking valuable time away from dealing with what they have really come in to discuss. One of our solutions is to direct them to news articles on our website written by a doctor in our Practice that outline current issues and offer strategies to manage the problem and links to relevant, reputable websites”.