Women’s Health Week 2020

Women's Health Week

This year we are working with MS Australia (our national peak body) to deliver an exciting online program for Women’s Health Week (7- 11 September). MS Australia is a new Community Partner of Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week campaign to help reach women around Australia with important messages about the importance of looking after their health and raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

With the impact of COVID-19, good health is more important than ever, so during Women’s Health Week 2020 we will focus on encouraging women Australia-wide to ‘check in’ on their health and wellbeing.

How can you get involved?

Our online program was designed to provide you with holistic health support. You can watch our virtual activties on the link below. 

Webinar: How MS research is improving clinical care for Women

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In this webinar, Neurologist, Associate Professor Anneke van der Walt will discuss the latest research that is improving clinical care for women. Dr van der Walt is a Neurologist at Alfred Health in Melbourne where she is appointed as the Head of MS and Neuro ophthalmology. She leads the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-ophthalmology Research Group at the Central Clinical School, Monash University.

Webinar: What is it with hormones and MS?

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Presented by Professor Jeannette Lechner- Scott, this webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss the impact of family planning, hormonal changes and pregnancy on MS. Dr Lechner-Scott, a senior staff specialist in the Department of Neurology and Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle, established a multidisciplinary Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at the John Hunter Hospital (JHH) in 2006 and leads a very productive MS Research Team at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. 

Webinar: Using gender to help understand MS - An update from Dr Ruth Dobson

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International speaker, Dr Ruth Dobson is passionate about women's health issues and research. Dr Dobson is a Clinical Senior Lecturer, Preventive Neurology Unit at the Queen Mary University in London. The focus of this presentation will be on some gender-specific factors that appear to play a role in MS development and disease course, particularly, the scientific evidence around Vitamin D, hormones, obesity and smoking. 

Other activities across Australia

MS Australia, the national peak body for people living with MS and MS Queensland will be also running events in the lead up and on Women's Health Week. Click here to see the full national program.

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