Topic archives: women’s health

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

August 18, 2015 1

The complexities for public health messaging around women drinking during pregnancy have been highlighted by new research undertaken at the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre. The study found that women are receiving, and actively interpreting, contradictory information about the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant from a number of sources. The qualitative […]

For Indigenous women and children with HIV, what are the issues?

For Indigenous women and children with HIV, what are the issues?

July 21, 2014

At a recent international conference in Sydney, Indigenous women shared some heart-breaking stories about the HIV-related stigma that they and their children have faced. As Marie McInerney reports below, the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples with HIV as they grow older was also discussed at the 2014 International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS, which […]

Public health awards put focus on women’s health, the dangers of fossil fuels and inequities

Public health awards put focus on women’s health, the dangers of fossil fuels and inequities

September 18, 2013

Marie McInerney reports: Cairns-based obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Caroline de Costa was last night named the recipient of the 2013 Sidney Sax Public Health Award, bestowed by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) at its annual conference in Melbourne. The award was announced by former Labor Health Minister Nicola Roxon, who was the 2012 […]

Sexual assaults in psych wards show urgent need for reform

May 17, 2013

Jayashri Kulkarni: Women admitted to psychiatry wards experience high levels of violence and sexual assaults, according to a report released this week by the Victorian Mental Illness Alliance Council. Across the nine different psychiatry hospital wards surveyed in Victoria, 85% of female inpatients felt unsafe during hospitalisation, 67% reported experiencing sexual or other forms of harassment […]

Beyond the headlines on female genital mutilation/cutting

January 23, 2013 2

The media spotlight has been on the issue of female genital mutilation in the wake of recent arrests in NSW and Federal Government ambitions to eliminate the practice. While there are many positive aspects to the media’s coverage of this issue, Dr Jasmin Chen, from the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health in Melbourne, also suggests that […]

Using social media to engage young people in research

April 3, 2012

Social media channels offer new avenues for engaging young people in research, says Dr Yeshe Fenner, who is involved in a new study of young women’s health in Melbourne. *** Recruiting through social media – a brave new world Yeshe Fenner writes: The medical and health research community is facing a major challenge as traditional […]

Pressure for abortion law reform in Queensland

December 9, 2011

Professor Caroline de Costa writes: It is now more than a year since the trial of a young Cairns couple charged with procuring an abortion for the woman. A jury in the Cairns District Court unanimously rejected the charges but the couple spent an agonising eighteen months prior to the trial, the subject of intense […]

Home births: it’s time to broaden the focus of the debate

November 14, 2011 28

In a recent post, Dr Andrew Pesce, a Sydney obstetrician and gynaecologist and former president of the Australian Medical Association, raised concerns about the safety of current home birth practices. In the article below, Hannah Dahlen, Associate Professor of Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, and national media spokesperson for the Australian College of Midwives, suggests […]

Twitter: an essential tool for public health advocates?

September 13, 2010 5

I still encounter plenty of cynically raised eyebrows whenever I suggest that Twitter has become an essential tool for public health advocates. (If your eyebrows have just erupted into irritable twitches, please don’t stop reading). Below, public health researcher Ben Harris-Roxas makes a strong case for the merits of Twitter in public health. Amongst other […]

Online therapies in mental health; and the power of women’s sexual health – more reports from the global health conference

September 9, 2010

The global health conference recently held in Melbourne may be over, but the reports from it are still coming in. Thanks to freelance journalist Tamzin Byrne* for coordinating the two posts below – the first from Swinburne University’s Mike Kyrios on the potential for e-health in mental health; and the second from Liz Sime of […]

What difference will the new men’s health policy make?

May 7, 2010 4

What will difference will the new national male health policy make on the ground? Margo Saunders, a health policy consultant in Canberra, suggests that it’s a question we will need to keep asking. She writes: “Given that Kevin Rudd reckons that Australia’s first National Male Health Policy, launched yesterday, is about 110 years late, we […]

Does Mother’s Day really have to be SO pink?

May 6, 2010 7

The deluge of pink advertising in the lead-up to Mother’s Day is not only infuriating; it has an important message for those seeking to tackle gender-related health issues. So says Margo Saunders, a public health policy consultant in Canberra, who also wonders: do women really want a pink computer? She writes: “I have been thinking […]