On Thursday May 8, 2014, Drs Olga Ostrowskyj & Carolyn Hackworthy attended the book launch at Newcastle City Hall of THE WOMEN’S HEALTH BOOK. A complete guide to health and wellbeing for women of all ages. This book is a comprehensive volume of health advice for women that was sponsored & organized by the Australian Women’s Weekly. This guide was written by staff of the Royal Women’s Hospital (known as the Women’s) in Melbourne, many of whom have international reputations for their contribution to research and clinical practice.
Of the many contributing authors to this book, the following four authors presented their input towards the book highlighting their particular area of expertise:
- Professor Martha Hickey- Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and at the Women’s where she runs the Menopause and Menopausal Symptoms after Breast Cancer Service at the Women’s.
- Dr Ines Rio- a General Practitioner& medical educator who is currently one of the senior medical staff at the Women’s and head of their general practice liason unit. Ines is also the medical officer for the City of Melbourne and sits on a number of government committees.
- Dr Margaret Sherburn – head of the Physiotherapy Department at the Women’s and an academic in physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Physiotherapy Committee of the International Continence Society and is on the editorial board of The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal
- Jill Duncan- has coordinated CASA ( Centre Against Sexual Assault) House’s community and training program which is based in Melbourne and is a department of the Women’s. She is co-author of “Addressing the ultimate insult: responding to women experiencing intimate partner sexual violence” commissioned in 2011 by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse.
The function was ably chaired by Carolyn Overington the current editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly.
Approximately 70 women attended the book launch some travelling from Sydney and the Central Coast. After listening to the presentations of the co-authors of the book the audience was invited to participate by asking questions regarding women’s health related issues. Further interaction and book signing occurred over morning tea. This provided Drs Olga Ostrowskyj and Carolyn Hackworthy a photo opportunity with the some of the co-authors of the book and a chance for a short professional exchange of ideas and observations.
The Women’s Health book is separated into four main areas dealing with adolescent health, young women,the midlife and later years. There is a strong focus on healthy lifestyle and taking control of your health. A range of topical issues are discussed including body image, mental health, sexuality, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, menopause, use of complimentary therapies, gynaecological cancer and being a cancer carer.
The book is focused on the Australian environment in which we live b,ut the information is universal. This book provides an accurate, evidence based approach which is the philosophy espoused by Hunter Women’s Health medical staff. This book has been added as a recourse at their clinic. Not only is it a book that can act as a healthcare guide for our patients, but also many GP’s ,women’s health nurses and health care providers would find its contents invaluable.
For more information on the book, visit the Womens Health Book website