Raising awareness and funds for Women's Health Week

best foot forward: The Launceston Women's Health Clinic has partnered with Physiofit to walk the map of Tasmania to raise funds for Jean Hailes. Picture: Supplied
best foot forward: The Launceston Women's Health Clinic has partnered with Physiofit to walk the map of Tasmania to raise funds for Jean Hailes. Picture: Supplied

The Launceston Women's Health Clinic opened its doors in June 2020, and already the all-female team are making a difference in raising awareness and promoting women's health.

A first for Launceston, the women's clinic offers a range of services across a woman's lifetime, including cervical screening, fertility, pre-pregnancy health checks, menopause management and continence care.

Working with like-minded health professionals, the clinic offers a holistic approach to women's health.

With Women's Health Week, September 7-11, just around the corner The Launceston Women's Health Clinic has partnered with Physiofit and are stepping up for a great cause as they aim to 'walk' 1500 km around Tasmania in the hopes of raising $1500 for Jean Hailes.

Clinical director Dr Sue Mallett from Launceston Women's Health Clinic and Lisa Banfield from Physiofit are taking the lead in the aptly named 'map of Tasmania walk', and along with a team of Tasmanians have been running, walking and cycling to raise funds for a much-needed cause.

"We liked the idea of doing something collaborative for Women's Health Week, Jean Hailes had already set up the idea of a virtual walk around Australia, but we wanted an achievable goal for us, and the distance around Tasmania is 1500km," Dr Mallet said.

"The map of Tasmania name is a bit of fun; it made us laugh, it references women's health and laughter is good for mental health."

Anybody can sign up to be part of the Launceston Women's Health Clinic and Physiofit team, and there is still time.

"A the moment we are smashing it, we have done 782km and raised $958, at the moment we are trying to get from Cockle Creek to Bruny Island," Dr Mallet said

"Anybody can be part of the team male or female, and you can walk run, cycle or swim, one team member is contributing in her wheelchair, all you have to do is record your activity and upload it to the website."

Dr Mallet said raising awareness for Women's Health Week this year was more important than ever.

"We know women start each day with an impossible list of things to get done and taking time for themselves, exercising and prioritising their health are often lower down the list," Dr Mallet said.

"During the months of lockdown many women missed out on vital health checkups, and we want Women's Health Week to serve as a reminder to women to put themselves back at the top of the list."

To support the map of Tasmania walk by adding to their kilometres or fundraising target see: stepsforwomenshealth.raisely.com/t/launcestonwomenshealthclinicphysiofitlaunceston.

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