Women's health week: forum focused on fitness, fads and mental health

PITCH A FIT: Kate Ryan (left) and Kylie Norman are hosting a women's health forum at the start of next month. Photo: Peter Hardin 190218PHA009
PITCH A FIT: Kate Ryan (left) and Kylie Norman are hosting a women's health forum at the start of next month. Photo: Peter Hardin 190218PHA009

TAMWORTH health professionals are banding together to tackle medical issues facing local women.

Marking women’s health week at the September, Tamworth dietitian Kylie Norman and diabetes educator Kate Ryan have teamed up to present a range of information on issues facing rural ladies in particular.

There will be guest speakers talking about mental health, cervical and breast cancer, fitness and nutrition.

The event will also be raising money for the Jean Hailes for Women's Health organisation.

Ms Norman will give a talk on figuring out what’s a ‘fad diet’ and giving it the flick.

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“In my topic, I’ll be talking about the amount of information out there and that it’s not always the right people putting information out there,” she said.

Ms Norman pointed out some diet red flags, including looking “too good to be true” or promising quick weight loss.

The speakers include: clinical psychologist, Serena Haridas; local GP, Dr Miriam Grotowski; physiotherapist, Jessica Walker; and breast care nurse, Nerridah Prentice.

There will also be a number local services on hand providing information on the day. The forum will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, September 8 at the Tamworth Jockey Club.

According to recent figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most common cause of death for Tamworth women was heart disease.

It accounted for more than 15 per cent of all female deaths in the last five years, while the next top contributors were strokes and dementia.

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