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All aboard as BreastScreen bus drives health plan

25 July 2014

Women in the Northern Territory (NT) now have increased chances of beating breast cancer with the arrival of a mobile screening service in remote communities.
 

Jean Hailes women's health week 2014

21 July 2014

Jean Hailes, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women's health, is encouraging women across Australia to get involved in this years Women's health week, a free, online event.
 

Grant opportunity for health care professional to attend Women's Health from the Top End conference

16 July 2014

Expressions of interest are invited by the Northern Territory Medicare Local (NTML) for health care professionals to access assistance grants to participate in the Women’s Health from the Top End Conference.
 

Death more likely for women suffering second heart attack: report

2 July 2014

Female heart attack victims are more likely to die from a second heart attack than their male counterparts, new research has found.
 

Dead or deadly program changing lives of local Indigenous women

11 June 2014

The Dead or deadly health and wellbeing program, run through Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, is making a positive change for Indigenous women in the community of Nowra, by tackling issues of health and personal and family wellbeing.
 

New study to investigate maternity provision for Aboriginal women

9 June 2014

A multi-faceted study led by a Murdoch University researcher will influence the way maternity services support Aboriginal women in Western Australia during pregnancy and birthing.
 

Hunter Health pushing up Indigenous baby weights

2 June 2014

Efforts to improve long-term health outcomes for Indigenous people by boosting the birth weights of Aboriginal children are paying off at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital in New South Wales.
 

Experts recommend dramatic changes to cervical cancer screening

29 April 2014

The Australian government Medical Services Advisory Committee recommends women should have their first cervical cancer screening at 25 years of age and a new self administered test be introduced for Indigenous women and others who have not been screened in the past six years.
 

Apunipima Pepi-pod program shortlisted for nursing award

11 April 2014

The Apunipima Pepi-pod program has been nominated for a Hesta Australian Nursing Award for 2014.
 

Health service trials 'pods' in bid for safer baby sleep

9 April 2014

A portable baby bed developed after the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand is now being used to help reduce sudden unexpected death among Queensland's Cape York infants.
 

Healing camp brings together Indigenous women in Western Australia

31 March 2014

Representatives from Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia (WA) recently accompanied a group of past residents of the St Joseph's Girls Orphanage back to New Norcia WA on a healing camp.
 

Cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention pathway document for review

24 March 2014

The draft Cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention (CRSP) document is available for review.
 

Call for grant applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander well women workshops in breast cancer

12 March 2014

Cancer Australia invites applications for the fourth round of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander well women workshops grant initiative.
 

Three top Indigenous ACT women recognised on International Women's Day

10 March 2014

Three well-deserving Indigenous women from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have been recognised for their contribution to Women's rights on International Women's Day.
 

MP Nova Peris pushes AMA to campaign on alcohol-related domestic violence

7 March 2014

Labor's first Indigenous MP Nova Peris has challenged the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to advocate for more action in tackling alcohol-related domestic violence.
 

Scholarships aim to boost the number of Indigenous midwives in remote communities

28 January 2014

The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney is offering scholarships to Indigenous Health Workers specialising in women's health.
 

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.
 

Indigenous women meet in Dubbo for Women's Gathering

15 November 2013

More than 100 Indigenous women have come together in Dubbo, NSW, for a unique opportunity to share ideas and develop new networks.
 

Indigenous women graduates take hands on role in health

6 November 2013

The University of New South Wales was recently home to the largest group of Aboriginal people to graduate from a university medical faculty at one time.
 

New partnership creates Women's health portal

25 October 2013

The new Indigenous Women's health portal (www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/womens-health-portal), located on Edith Cowan University's, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource, aims to provide the health workforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with access to quality information.
 

Aboriginal Women's Advisory Group (AWAG) turns 10

16 October 2013

The landmark Indigenous organisation, Aboriginal Women's Advisory Group (AWAG) celebrated 10 years with a luncheon at the CWA Hall this week.
 

Hospitals join national pregnancy and RHD study

4 September 2013

Thirty-four hospitals in Western Australia (WA) are participating in the nation's most extensive study into rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in pregnancy.
 

Survey for Indigenous health workers on factors affecting fertility

19 August 2013

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), the Robinson Institute (University of Adelaide) and Jean Hailes for Womens Health would like to know what Indigenous Health Workers understand about factors that affect fertility.
 

Celebrate Jean Hailes women's health week 2-6 September 2013

1 August 2013

Jean Hailes women's health week, 2-6 September 2013, reminds all women across Australia to make good health a priority.
 

Indigenous Women's Grants (IWG) projects announced

31 July 2013

There are 58 new projects that will receive funding of $3 million from the Indigenous Women's Grants program (IWG).
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Indigenous ante/post-natal service wins national primary health award

20 June 2013

An innovative ante/post-natal service for young Indigenous women in Western Australia has won the team excellence award at the 2013 HESTA primary health care awards.
 

Indigenous woman recognised for distinguished service in health and social welfare programs

11 June 2013

Indigenous woman June Oscar has been appointed an officer in the Order of Australia for leading the campaign to successfully introduce restrictions on the sale of full strength take-away alcohol in Western Australia's Fitzroy valley.
 

'Your fertility' education campaign: a call for IHWs to complete survey

3 June 2013

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), the Robinson Institute (University of Adelaide) and Jean Hailes for Women's Health are looking for Indigenous Health Workers (IHWs) to complete a survey about factors that affect fertility.
 

Unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women wins award

28 May 2013

A unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women is the winner of the 2013 Medical Journal of Australia's (MJA) Medical Defence Association National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for the best research paper published in the MJA in the previous calendar year.
 

Summit in Central Australia to unite bush voices for change

13 May 2013

A summit in Central Australia, will bring Aboriginal people together to identify positive solutions to local problems faced in their home communities and the wider community of Alice Springs.
 

Indigenous marathon project inspires Bathurst student

2 May 2013

Charles Sturt University student and staff member, Elise Hull, has been selected to join the Indigenous marathon project (IMP) and compete in the New York City Marathon this November.
 

Breast screen service on its way to Mt Isa

22 April 2013

Nurses from Townsville Hospital have been in Mount Isa spreading the word about breast screening.
 

Fears cervical cancer checks falling behind

15 April 2013

Physical isolation and cultural differences are being blamed for pap smears rates in the Kimberley falling well below those in the rest of Western Australia.
 

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Report of the Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders released; National Action Plan recommended

6 December 2012

On 29 November 2012, the report of the Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - FASD: the hidden harm.
 

Anti-smoking campaigns need targeted approach

23 November 2012

Campaigns to encourage pregnant women to give up smoking need to be localised in rural areas to have a greater impact, according to a Mount Isa health expert, Professor Sabina Knight, Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health.
 

WA Health Awards 2012 winners announced

20 November 2012

The winners of the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012 were announced on 15 November 2012.
 

Indigenous women to help eliminate trachoma

19 November 2012

The voices of high profile Indigenous women are being aired on a national radio campaign to help eliminate trachoma in remote Indigenous communities.
 

Indigenous justice advocates nominated as Australia's Local Hero 2013 State Finalists

8 November 2012

Two Indigenous justice advocates are State Finalists for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Awards.
 

BreastScreen WA's annual Picnic in the park for Indigenous women on tomorrow

22 October 2012

BreastScreen WA's Picnic in the park for Aboriginal women is happening tomorrow, Tuesday October 23, 2012.
 

Study shows possible link between alcohol price and assaults in Alice Springs

17 October 2012

Results from a study show a correlation between higher alcohol prices in Alice Springs and fewer assaults on Aboriginal women, researchers say.
 

NPY Women's Council and WA's Yiriman project win major Indigenous governance awards

17 October 2012

One of Australia's oldest and most respected Aboriginal organisations, the NPY Women's Council, and the West Kimberley youth program, Yiriman project, have won the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGAs).
 

Outstanding Indigenous health achievements honoured at this year's Deadlys

28 September 2012

A passionate Indigenous health worker from Queensland and a WA antenatal program took out coveted health awards at the 18th annual Deadlys at the Sydney Opera House on 25 September 2012.
 

Peak Indigenous body calls for mandatory alcohol labelling; recognition of FASD in Australia

26 September 2012

The peak Indigenous body in Australia, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has called for mandatory labelling and health warnings about the risks associated with drinking.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

Singer shares cancer story with Narrandera women

12 September 2012

Australian singer Christine Anu is hoping her own family's cancer story will encourage Aboriginal families to be more aware about the disease.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Newslines Radio broadcast tackles the topic of FASD

21 August 2012

A recent Newslines Radio broadcast (August 2012 - program two) focuses on the issue of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among the Indigenous population.
 

NSW Aboriginal prenatal health campaign to raise awareness of services available to pregnant women

31 July 2012

A new campaign to raise awareness among Aboriginal women about the risks of alcohol and other drug consumption during pregnancy was launched on 27 July, 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

Boodjari yorga program improves birth outcomes for Aboriginal women

18 July 2012

A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).
 

HealthInfoNet attending the 1st Western Australian Aboriginal maternal and child health conference

27 June 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be attending the 1st Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal maternal and child health conference in Perth, WA, tomorrow 28 June.
 

No alcohol is the safest choice campaign targets pregnant women

26 June 2012

No alcohol is the safest option when pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, according to a new Western Australian (WA) campaign designed to educate women about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The first of its kind in Australia, the No alcohol is the safest choice campaign is aimed at women of child-bearing age who may consume low to moderate amounts of alcohol.
 

Vic Government grants available for programs preventing violence in Koori communities

20 June 2012

Crime Prevention Minister, Andrew McIntosh, has announced funding of almost $3 million for community grants under the Community crime prevention program and Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. Minister McIntosh said that the funding would empower local Koori communities to develop programs to strengthen community safety across Victoria (Vic), which is one of the government's highest priorities.
 

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee releases position paper on FASD

7 June 2012

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) released its position paper on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) on the opening day of the NIDAC conference (6 June 2012).
 

Australian nurse-family partnership program receives funding to continue

24 May 2012

A pilot program of the Australian Government has received funding to continue its operations for the next three years in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT).
 

PCOS what does it mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women?

15 May 2012

Jean Hailes Foundation for Women's Health is pleased to make available a professional development activity for Health Workers.
 

Grants available to fund innovative health programs for Indigenous Western Australians

10 May 2012

The Aboriginal Health Division of the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health is working in partnership with Indigenous communities and health service providers to ensure Indigenous people receive culturally appropriate health care.
 

Cervical screening in Australia 2009-2010 report released by AIHW

1 May 2012

A recently released Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows that more than 3.6 million women participated in cervical screening in 2009-2010.
 

Local councils awarded for their Indigenous initiatives

20 April 2012

Federal Minister for Local Government Simon Crean yesterday (19 April 2012) announced the category winners of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.
 

Winners of 2012 NSW Aboriginal health awards announced

10 April 2012

Individuals, teams and communities in New South Wales (NSW) who have demonstrated excellence in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes were celebrated at an Awards ceremony late last month.
 

Boodjari Yorga women's expo a success

10 April 2012

Noongar women from around the Shire of Moora, Western Australia gathered together at the Population Health premises on 3 April 2012 for the first Boodjari Yorga expo.
 

National Indigenous health award winners announced

3 April 2012

The winners of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 were announced on 28th March 2012 in Sydney.
 

Significant funding commitment to NT Indigenous communities

30 March 2012

The Federal Government yesterday announced that it would make a long-term funding commitment to services for Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Finalists announced, Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards

17 February 2012

The 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 finalists have now been announced.
 

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.
 

Time to nominate for Indigenous health awards

10 January 2012

Submissions are now being sought for the third Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards.
 

New trust fund remembers respected Indigenous midwife

16 December 2011

Sister Alison Bush, a respected Indigenous woman and one of the longest serving and influential midwives in New South Wales, has been honoured with the launch of the Alison Bush Memorial Trust Fund recently.
 

Indigenous Women's Alliance benefits from new funding

15 December 2011

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance will benefit from new Government funding announced this week.
 

Project to protect women from violence in Griffith

9 December 2011

Youth Off The Streets, a non-Government organisation in New South Wales (NSW), has secured federal Government funding to deliver programs that encourage young Indigenous people in the community of Griffith to develop healthy relationships without violence.
 

Alcohol, pregnancy and FASD: new website available from TICHR

5 December 2011

A new website has recently been launched by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR).
 

New funding to promote better relationships in Alice Springs

30 November 2011

Women in Alice Springs will benefit from around $125,000 as part of the Government's National plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2010-2022.
 

Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

23 November 2011

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.
 

Inquiry into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder requested

10 November 2011

On 8 November 2011 the Ministers for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and Health and Ageing, asked the Parliamentary Committee to inquire into and report on the incidence and prevention of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
 

Indigenous social worker from WA acknowledged for remarkable contributions

10 November 2011

Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab from the Aboriginal Health and Education Unit, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, has won a 2011 Social Worker of the Year award.
 

WA funded for Indigenous mental health and parenting research

4 November 2011

Researchers from Perth's Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing have won more than $1.3 million in competitive funding for Indigenous mental health and parenting projects.
 

The Long Walk celebrating Aboriginal women

27 October 2011

The Long Walk women's luncheon is a popular awareness raising event celebrating the achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
 

Study released: Cervical cancer in Indigenous women

24 October 2011

A recent study titled Cervical cancer in Indigenous women: the case of Australia, found that Indigenous women have 2 to 5 times higher age standardised incidences and have a 3 to 18 times higher death rate from cervical cancer.
 

Breastscreen supports rural and remote communities

10 October 2011

More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are participating in BreastScreen Queensland's breast cancer screening program, as a result of the efforts and support from local Indigenous female community health workers.
 

Aboriginal women come together for breast cancer awareness month

3 October 2011

Each year in October, BreastScreen WA invite women to have a free screening mammogram for Breast cancer awareness month.
 

Plain language Summary of Indigenous women's health now available

2 October 2011

The plain language 'Summary of Indigenous women's health' is now available online.
 

Twenty new health services for Indigenous mums and babies funded under Closing the gap

23 September 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced funding for 20 new services to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies with better access to vital health care.
 

APY health plan push

22 September 2011

The women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (APY) Lands are pressing ahead with a voluntary healthy food scheme which the SA Government has declined to support.
 

APY lands to get mobile dialysis service

13 September 2011

An Aboriginal women's group says mobile dialysis trials to begin soon in South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands are a step in the right direction.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health strategy released

21 May 2010

The first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health strategy was launched on 19 May 2010 at the 6th Australian Women's Health Conference in Hobart.
 

Summary of Indigenous women's health now available

13 May 2010

The Summary of Indigenous women's health is a substantial update and expansion of the previous summary and is now available on the Indigenous women's health web resource.
 

First Indigenous Australian woman elected to a United Nations body

30 April 2010

Countries in the UN's Economic and Social Council have elected Megan Davis to become a member of the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
 

The collections section of the website is now available

16 March 2010

The new Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet collections section is now available.
 

Indigenous women get voice in Canberra

15 March 2010

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced the establishment of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance during her opening address at Straight Talk 2010 on 9 March 2010.
 
 
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