Women’s Health Week 2021


Women’s Health Week is the biggest week in Australia focusing on good health and wellbeing for women and girls and this year it took place from Monday 6 September – Friday 10 September 2021.

We once again partnered with our national peak body, MS Australia to deliver an exciting online program designed to encourage you to power your health by opening the conversation. MS Australia is a community partner of Jean Hailes' Women's Health Week campaign.

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in live for the online events earlier this month, you can still check out the recording of each session below.

MS, fertility and pregnancy: a clinical research update

We partnered with MS Australia to host a live clinical research update. Host Adriana Condello was joined by guest speakers Susan Agland, Dr Vilija Jokubaitis and Associate Professor Jeannette Lechner-Scott to share the current research in fertility challenges and pregnancy for people living with MS. Watch the recording of MS, ferility and pregnancy: a clinical research update.

How to be a sexual woman with a diagnosis of MS

Intimacy is a major contributor to our quality of life and can be affected by multiple sclerosis. Dr Margaret Redelman discussed how a woman with multiple sclerosis can be a confident, sexual woman, while addressing concerns around lowered libido, orgasm difficulties and continence fears. Watch the recording of How to be a sexual woman with a diagnosis of MS

Open the conversation Facebook Live

Our MS Ambassador, Rania Melham was joined by her sister Marie Samawi, who also lives with MS, for a heart-warming and inspiring chat with our Executive Manager Client Engagement and Wellbeing, Jodi Haartsen on Facebook Live. This hour-long discussion is packed with insightful tips about how you can build confidence in yourself and your voice to be your own advocate. Watch the Open the conversation Facebook Live recording.

Menopause and MS

Special guest and menopause specialist, Dr Fatima Khan discussed what women living with multiple sclerosis need to be aware of when experiencing menopause. Watch the recording of Menopause and MS.

Other activities across Australia

MS Australia, the national peak body for people living with MS, coordinated a national program and a range of supporting resources for Women's Health Week. View the full program.

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