Kingston/Robe Women's Health Advisory Group reflect on 2018

What a year the Kingston/Robe Women’s Health Advisory Group (WHAG) had in 2018...and we look forward to another successful 2019.

The WHAG is a not-for-profit group governed by women from Kingston and Robe.

The local members volunteer their time and meet regularly to provide women living in the area the opportunity to gain additional support and access to information, enabling them to be informed and obtain better physical, mental health and well-being for themselves and their families.

We are currently the only remaining group still operating in South Australia - this is a tremendous tribute to the dedication of past and present members and reminds us of the importance to keep this group current and valued.

We believe in 2018 the Kingston/Robe WHAG group made a positive impact to local women, and their families by hosting four successful events.

Firstly, the WHAG with the support of the Kingston/Robe HACC, CAFHS, the Red Cross and Kingston’s Café Kids offered a free information session for local parents focusing on childhood accidents; bleeding, burns, choking, heat/cold injuries and limb injuries.

As this course was highly commended we are offering an evening information session in Robe in 2019.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 each year; it is a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements for women.

The day also makes a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In 2018 WHAG hosted a hugely successful breakfast at Kingston’s Crown Inn Hotel where guest speaker Lisa Bondarenko spoke to the 60 female and male attendees.

Ms Bondarenko was able to enlighten the crowd by speaking about her own life experiences and how she became a successful businesswoman, inspirational speaker and author.

As always, all attendees were asked to complete a survey; this survey helps the WHAG identify the needs, wishes and interests of local women for future WHAG events and concepts.

The WHAG created and launched our own local Domestic Violence Help cards at Wangolina Wines.

The DV help cards are the creation of a long process and originated from an identified need through the survey at our 2016 IWD breakfast.

People asked for more information about what help is available for people living, or indirectly living with domestic violence in our region.

Member Rosie Stoneham had the task of making our idea a reality and Sharyn Hansen from Hansen Print fine-tuned and created what you see today.

We are extremely thrilled with what has been achieved and believe that the credit card sized ‘information cards,’ which are distributed throughout the community, are an appropriate way of getting this vitally important information out.

The DV cards would not be possible without the financial support and donations from the Kingston and Robe Lions Club and also the Barefoot benefits group.

Last but not least, we hosted a Women’s Reproductive Health information night focusing on Cervical and Ovarian cancers and endometriosis at the Lacepede Bay Motel.

With special guest speaker Nicolle Flint, MP Federal Member for Boothby and ambassador for Endometriosis awareness, Dr Briony Harris, Registrar at Naracoorte’s Kincraig Medical Centre and WHAG member Jenny Hawkins, we learnt of the devastating effects of women’s cancer and endometriosis.

Thankfully women’s health promotion, education, and accessibility to care and support is gradually becoming more available to women of all ages.

This information night sparked lots of conversations among attendees who hoped for further education to be provided to local young women.

Plans are well underway for our International Women’s Day event on Sunday March 3 at the Crown Inn Hotel Kingston.

Attendees will be joined by guest speaker Dr Madeleine Honner and will receive a buffet breakfast and a morning of information with this year’s topic being “Balance for better.” 

Tickets are $20 and are available from Cathy Barker, Kingston Hospital Office, or Retail Therapy Robe; 22 Victoria Street, 8768 1956. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Kingston/Robe WHAG group would like to thank all the local organisations, clubs, businesses, services and groups who have generously supported us in all our ventures.

We are truly proud of our 2018 achievements and believe we will keep changing local women and their family’s lives for the better. We look forward to you joining us at our 2019 events.