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Health literacy w/alo

Our Aim

Aloʼs mission is to uphold and promote gender equality, womenʼs leadership and empowerment, specifically within the Culturally and Linguistically diverse women.
Womenʼs health matters. All too often we ignore symptoms of health risks as we prioritise and try to balance work, family, social and self. But if you are not healthy, how can you look after others around you.

Against this backdrop, Alo enlightened women incorporated has started HerHealth series to raise awareness and share knowledge about diseases that women are vulnerable to.

Every month we bring you access to a health expert and tackle a Heath aspect through our HerHealth w/Alo. 

Episode 1: PCOS 

This episode discusses PCOS, a female hormonal disorder. As a condition affecting 12-21% of women of reproductive age yet up to 70% of women remain undiagnosed.

Our first Expert Guest is: Dr Sonia Hossain OBGYN MBBS FRANZCOG. Dr Sonia Hossain is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 12 years’ clinical experience in Australia. She has trained in Australia and overseas as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Her main interests are in general obstetrics, laparoscopic surgery and colposcopy.

Episode 2: Health Literacy Information Session

The Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) Inc of the ACT is presenting a workshop that helps people understand how the health system works and how to move around in it. This workshop is called Navigating the health system: Choosing the right service for you. In this session we:

• Learnt about the different types of health services that are available in the ACT and improve your ability to choose the right service at the right time for your needs

• Overview of Health Services in the ACT - from minor to major illness/injury

  • ACT Health online including Find a Health Service

  • Pharmacies

  • Health Direct

  • Walk-in Centres

  • GPs – business hours and after hours options

  • Ambulance and Emergency Department

  • Mental health services

Health expert: Yelin Hung is the Health Care Consumers Association’s Multicultural Liaison Officer. She also works with CALD communities and individuals to help them understand the ACT health system and get the most out of their health care.

Episode 3: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women. In 2021, it is predicted that 20,825 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer, an average of 57 people every day.

Health expert: Dr Mahbuba Khanom Mukta, MBBS, MPH, FRACGP, General Practitioner, Liverpool, NSW. Dr Khanom started her career in Australia on 2006 and has over ten years of experience as a GP. She gained her fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and now she is an examiner for the RACGP. Her clinical interests include women’s and children’s health, preventative medicine and mental health.

Episode 4: Can Counselling Help?

CALD communities, in particular women, often rely on informal support systems, such as families, elders or religious leaders, rather than counselling to deal with relationship problems. Counselling carries an unspoken stigma - a fear of bringing shame or of being judged by others and/or the counsellor. In this episode of HerHealth w/Alo, we unpack why counselling can be useful to deal with relationship problems be it with family, children, work colleagues or friends.

 

Health Expert: Dr Nahid Siddiqui FRANZCP Staff Specialist Macurther mental Team Sydney Southwest local health. VMO Northside Group Macarthur Clinic Ramsay mental health.

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