WOMEN’S health has long been a major priority of the Brighton Council, so much so that this month sees the inaugural Women’s Health Festival at the Brighton Civic Centre.
Developed in partnership with the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services, the festival will be a celebration of women’s health in the municipality with dozens of community groups and services represented,
Community health social worker and coordinator of the Women’s Health Festival, Robyn Bishop said one of the key aims of the festival was to increase women’s knowledge of the myriad of services and support available in the district.
The festival will cover every aspect of women’s health from general wellbeing to education, employment, disability, alcohol and drugs, and legal support.
“The range of services represented is just too long to list. But every aspect of women’s health and well-being will be represented,” Robyn said.
“The festival is an exciting way for local women to increase their knowledge of a range of health issues and give them greater control over their health and well-being.
“More importantly, the day is all about helping local women make connections. Improving their knowledge of and access to the extensive health and human services network in this municipality.”
The Women’s Health Festival has gown out of the very successful community health expo for wellbeing run by the municipality since 2005.
“The Brighton Council is very supportive of the festival and are providing the venue, the Brighton Civic Centre, free of charge.
“It just shows the huge commitment the Brighton Council make to supporting the health and well-being of its residents.”
To celebrate women’s health there will also be a showcase of women’s activities that are taking place in the community.
“The program will cover everything from women’s self defence to community knitting and belly dancing. It really will be a fun day for everyone involved,” Robyn said.
“The festival is open to women from outside the municipality. We will be encouraging women to come from Southern Midlands, Derwent Valley and northern suburbs, and from all other areas.
“We hope to see women of all ages coming along and joining in on the day. It looks set to be a wonderfully vibrant, informative and enjoyable day.”
The Women’s Health Festival will be at the Brighton Civic Centre, 25 Green Point Road, Bridgewater on Wednesday, October 28, from 2pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome.