Women's Health Week 4 to 8 September 2023
This Women’s Health Week (WHW) we are delighted to continue our community partnership with Jean Hailes to support all women to make informed decisions about their health.
We want to remind women of all ages there is much they can do to reduce their risk of incontinence. In many cases incontinence may be prevented, better managed, or even cured.
Incontinence is the loss of bladder and/or bowel control. Urinary incontinence is the most common pelvic floor issue affecting women across their lifespan whilst overactive bladder syndrome is more common in older women.
Overactive bladder is where the bladder contracts before it is full, which may lead to urinary urgency incontinence. The possibility of developing incontinence increases as we age.
According to a survey of more than 15,000 Australian women, less than two out of ten (17.6%) do their pelvic floor exercises daily. Pelvic floor muscle training is critical for keeping your pelvic floor muscles strong. Pelvic floor muscles help control your bladder and bowel and may also help sexual function.
More information on Women’s Health Week
Leaking while sneezing, coughing, or exercising can hold young women back but can also be easily treated. The Go Against the Flow website is specially designed for young women to learn more goagainsttheflow.org.au
Information on how to do pelvic floor exercises correctly can be found at pelvicfloorfirst.org.au
Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women's health across Australia through every life stage.
Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week
4-8 September 2023 is the biggest week in Australia, dedicated to good health and wellbeing for women, girls, and gender diverse people.
To celebrate Women's Health Week 2023 please listen, read and view the following for free:
Podcasts - “This is My Story” – a new podcast series discussing the lived experience with incontinence. These stories represent the diverse experiences of five individuals and how their incontinence was identified, how they manage it, the care path they have taken, the value of professional health and their tips and strategies for living with incontinence.
Bridge Magazine - the Spring edition of Bridge Magazine celebrates Women’s Health Week (WHW) and our community partnership with Jean Hailes, dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all women, girls and gender-diverse people. In this edition we focus on persistent pelvic pain (PPP) which affects up to one in four women. We look at how this can impact a woman’s health and wellbeing and share personal stories on the lived experience of PPP and incontinence in both young and older women.
Lived Experience Panel Webinar - This Women's Health Week, we are shining the spotlight on the lived experience of people living with incontinence. Facilitated by award-winning disability advocate Anja Christoffersen, our exceptional panelists include; Jess Cochran, Susan Jarvis, Jordan Darian Lambropoulos and Christin Young.
Hosted by Champion Health Agency (CHA), in collaboration with the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA), our panel will explore their experiences with incontinence, barriers to seeking help, common misconceptions and how to change the narrative around this common condition impacting 1 in 4 Australians.
Women's Health Week 2023 Campaign Resources