Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects about three times as many women as men and is typically diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, when many women are focusing on careers and family planning. Early diagnosis and good health management can make a huge difference in the treatment and management of the disease.
MS Australia is delighted to announce its second community partnership with Jean Hailes’ annual health awareness campaign for women’s health, Women’s Health Week. Held from September 6-10, it is Australia’s largest week devoted to women’s health, emphasizing the importance of maintaining good health and well-being for all women and girls and is a timely reminder to everyone to make their health a priority.
MS Australia, in collaboration with the four state / local MS organizations, will present a week-long information and education program to complement the daily themes of Women’s Health Week, namely: Getting active, rules from start to finish, relationships, connecting and nurturing and sleeping. There will be a diverse mix of activities, presentations, resources and events to engage the community. Although the topics focus primarily on women’s health, the program will include all those affected by MS and other neurological conditions.
MS Australia CEO Rohan Greenland said: “We are delighted to partner again with Jean Hailes on Women’s Health. We aim to reach women and girls across the country with important messages on health and wellness, to raise awareness, educate, provide connections, information and highlight the work we do in researching MS, advocacy, and frontline support and counseling services.
Our Women’s Health Week program is for people with or interested in MS. It is important to convey health and education messages to the community, taking into account the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, as well as good health management, which will help to promote the well-being of people living with MS.
Rohan Greenland, CEO, MS Australia
Women’s Health Week campaign manager Brenda Jones says the two organizations share similar messages about education and the importance of spending time on your health. “We encourage all women and girls to join the week to find the support, connection and information they need to be healthy in mind and body.”
For more details on MS Australia’s 2021 Women’s Health Week program and an overview of the resources to follow, please visit our special digital hub: www.events.msaustralia.org.au/WHW2021 and our media channels social.