the support of the Brimbank City Council’s Community Grants
Program, a Rotary Club of Keilor, Women’s Health Project proceeded
in two parts in August and September 2011.
Women’s Health Forum
on Sunday 28 August featured outstanding speakers on the 5 most
significant women’s health issues in Brimbank:
– Debbie Spillane, ABC Presenter & beyondblue
2 Diabetes – Prof. Lily Stojanovska Msc,
PhD, School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Victoria University
Disease – Kathryn “Chook” Taranto,
Heart Foundation Ambassador.
Cancer – Robin Curwen-Walker, North
Tucker – Manager, Family Violence
Services, Women’s Health West
light of the extensive lead up promotion and advertising which
occurred via health, community and Council affiliated groups across
the community, and in local newspapers delivered to every residence
in the municipality, the attendance was very poor. This poor
attendance, in part at least, tells us something about how most
Australian’s see their health – and that is, “it’s
not something to worry about until it really is”.
Such an attitude of indifference represents a massive challenge for
the health industry and for government – and it is, to some degree,
a factor contributing to the escalating rates of a range of medical
conditions, including type 2 diabetes, in our community.
that disappointment, the feedback from attendees was overwhelming,
both in relation to the quality of the speakers and the information
presented. The consistent comment was “those
who weren’t here don’t know what they missed”.