• Fiona

Ladies, are you taking these measures to look after your health?

It’s Women’s Health Week (6 Sept – 11 Sept 2021) and there’s no better day than today to check-in with your health (or any other day, really).

Women, we are so unique in our design - physically, emotionally and everything in between, and providing so much for this universe. Times have also changed in the way women are depicted in society and there are more opportunities now than ever to express our voices, access to rights that didn’t exist previously and practising leadership. Yet, there is so much more work to be done!

Ladies, one way to start is by filling up your own cup before you fill up others’ cups - that’s right, start with your health! Vitality is necessary for success and function - I mean, life goals are to stay sane right?

The Australian Government has recently announced in the 2021-22 budget an investment of $535 million towards women’s health initiatives.

Major elements of the package include:

  • $100 million to improve cervical and breast cancer screening programs

  • $96 million to provide Medicare subsidies for testing of IVF embryos for genetic faults, before implantation

  • $47 million to increase support for the mental health and wellbeing of new and expectant parents, including work on universal perinatal mental health screening, and

  • $26 million for women’s health initiatives, including funding to Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia for the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis Program (PPEP-Talk).

Tell me you’re not going to take more advantage of this?!

Below are some other steps you can easily do to check in with your health:

1. Check for lumps in your breasts at least once a month.

Learn detailed instructions at:

2. Visit your GP to request the appropriate blood test to check in with your hormones and iron levels.

Things to look out for may be:

  • FSH

  • Oestradiol

  • Progesterone

  • Testosterone

  • DHEA-S

  • Vitamin D

  • Iron

  • Ferritin

3. Ask your doctor if you are eligible for a Medicare-rebateable Mental Health Care Plan.

Eligible people can receive up to 10 individual and up to 10 group allied mental health services each year. Your doctor can refer you to mental health professionals including:

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists

  • Counsellors

  • social workers

  • occupational therapists

4. Ask for a Chronic Disease Management Plan

If you are living with a chronic condition/injury such as pain, heart disease, diabetes, cancer (and so much more), you may be eligible to work with your GP for a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

Eligible people can be referred for up to 5 Medicare-rebateable consultations with any allied health professional, including exercise physiology!

What else are you currently doing to look after your health?

For more information about obtaining exercise physiologist consultations through available Medicare services, please reach out to us - we love all things women's health!


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