Rugby team show their support for women’s health
Friday, 2nd August, 2013
This weekend, the two Menindee Rugby League teams will be raising awareness for women’s health.
Local National Rugby League (NRL) and the Far West Local Health District have joined forces on a Women’s Health Awareness Initiative to be held at the rugby league game in Menindee this Saturday.
In support for women’s health, the players from the Yabbies will don pink football socks for the game when they go up against the Eagles.
The initiative is aimed at informing local communities about cervical and breast screening.
It is a prelude to some future consultation and focus groups where interested community members will be invited to discuss some of the barriers to women’s health screening, according to Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services and Innovation (Rural), Far West LHD.
“It is an ongoing project and the Menindee Working Group suggested we get involved,” Ms Cumming said.
“The socks have been supplied thanks to funding from the Cancer Institute.”
Broken Hill Hospital Aboriginal Liaison Officer, and local to the Menindee community, Hayley King said the working group thought it was a good way to promote women’s health.
“A working group agreed that providing information and resources to women who attend rugby league matches around the district was a good way to promote women’s health screening,” Ms King said.
“A Menindee nurse and two Aboriginal health workers will be available at the game with information about pap tests and breast screening.”
NRL Game development Officer Matt Kiddle said it was a great initiative by the health service and the local community.
“The NRL and Outback Rugby League were proud to support this very important health promotion,” Mr Kiddle said.
“The Menindee teams are the first to support this initiative, hopefully it won’t be the last time we do this. Next year we hope to have all sides participate.”
For more information about cervical and breast screening including where these services can be accessed, please contact your health worker, health service or your GP.