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Healthy Women, Healthy Communities

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Women’s health, women’s lives

At Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) we recognise that the health and wellbeing of each woman is determined by the social, cultural and economic factors governing her life, not only her physical health status. Poverty, childcare responsibilities, single parenthood, low wages, domestic violence and sexual assault are just some of these factors. By supporting individual women and the health and community workers in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne to recognise and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, we believe we can empower women to bring about change, make informed choices about their health and gain equal access to good health, safety and wellbeing.

‘Women are different from men. Vive la difference! Although the difference is not news to most of us, it is still being discovered in healthcare. Often, healthcare has been dispensed as if "one size fits all" … Women need healthcare tailored to women’s bodies and mindful of women’s social roles. There are some conditions that affect more women than men, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and eating disorders. There are some conditions that affect women differently. Heart attacks and AIDS are two of many serious conditions that doctors sometimes overlook in women, because the signs and symptoms look different than they do in men. And there are some conditions that only affect women, such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. But too often reproductive health is what "women’s health" is seen to be. Women’s health is much more than this.’ – Canadian Health Network, Canada