Women's Health Goulburn North East
Women's Health Goulburn North East


57 Rowan Street, Wangaratta, 3677
Tel 03 5722 3009 | Fax 03 5722 3020
Email whealth@whealth.com.au

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Woman's Cancer Program

The “Woman to Woman” rural breast cancer research recommendations are being actively implemented by Women’s Health Goulburn North East. This has centred around the towns in Hume region where the BreastScreen mobile service has been operating, namely Yarrawonga, Myrtleford, Wangaratta, Seymour and Alexandra, and collaborating with our health partners in Albury, Shepparton and Beechworth.

The strategy is a 3 pronged approach, including health promotion to the well women who attend for their mammograms and other health events via a health promotion pack featuring a health passport tailored to the local community. The passport is for all women who want to strive for optimal wellness, a useful tool for prompting women to contact some local health services and recording appointments and results.

A number of consumer forums for women, their family and carers were held offering practical and psychosocial support, and health care professional education sessions have rounded out the strategy. Women and workers from each community were involved in establishing locality appropriate events and in provision of the locally contextual information.

A poster presentation was presented at the 9th National Rural Health Conference 2007 Albury:
The breast cancer experiences of rural Victorian women (link - http://9thnrhc.ruralhealth.org.au/program/docs/Posters/poster_cuss.pdf )

Evaluation

Woman to Woman: Breast Cancer Research to Reality ~ Easier Said than Done?
Evaluation Report April 2008

This report evaluates the initiatives of the BreastScreen Van Women's Cancers Project occurring between March 2006 and November 2007. It follows on from work recorded in two previous reports. The specific objectives set for the BreastScreen Van Women's Cancers Project were:
Improved health literacy for women and health care professionals (health related knowledge, attitudes, motivation, confidence and behavioural intentions)
Improvement in knowledge of where to go (locally, state and nationally) and what to do to obtain health services for women and health care professionals
Improved capacity within organisations to develop sustainable skills, organisational structures, resources and commitment to improving women‟s health
Stronger relationships with partner organisations.

Download PDF copy... (link - breastvan_finalevaluation_report_april_08.pdf)

Literature Review

Exposed: a literature review of the issues of women’s cancers in Australian Aboriginal communities.

This report explores how Aboriginal women experience cancer, with a lens on the rural Hume region of Victoria.

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