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Take Time for Me – Make Health a Priority this Women’s Health Week

Once again Women’s Health Week is being impacted by Covid. Due to the current lockdown, Central West Women’s Health Centre (CWWHC) is organising a series of informative online talks and wellness sessions to help women to take time for themselves and make health a priority.

Women’s Health Week is on from 6 to 10 September, with the CWWHC event taking place on Thursday 9 September.

“Sessions will be spread out over the day,” says Health Promotion Officer, Ann-marie Brittain. “Women can attend one or two sessions of choice, or they can join us online for the entire day.”

The sessions will include Meditation at 9.30am, to start the day off with some peace of mind. At 11am, Jane Holmes, founder and CEO of Support the Girls, will be giving a talk about her work with this amazing charity that helps provide dignity for the women of Australia.

The Centre’s very own Antonia Ravesi will be running a yoga class at 3.30pm, and at 5.30pm local GP, Dr. Caroline Renko, will join us to talk about her work with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

There will also be a Virtual Afternoon Tea at 2pm, hosted by Centre Counsellor, Lorraine Murphy. This session will give women the chance to socialise, discuss ways to stay well during difficult times, as well as have some fun with a game or two.

“Grab a cuppa and a snack and jump online for afternoon tea,” says Brittain, “We’ll be improving our health and wellness through connection, keeping our minds sharp and having a few laughs along the way, all hosted by the wonderful Lorraine.”

Women interested in attending any of the online sessions can contact Central West Women’s Health Centre on 6331 4133 or email information@cwwhc.org.au  to book their spot and receive the session links.

Biography of Dr Caroline Renko

Caroline studied medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1988. She completed her internship and resident training at Royal North Shore teaching hospital. Dr Renko undertook further studies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Margaret’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, being awarded the Diploma in Obstetrics from the Royal Australasian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) in 1990. In between getting married and having three children she followed the path of General Practice. Caroline completed her training with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, obtaining her fellowship from the college (FRACGP) in 1993. Caroline has always had a keen interest in the health of women and children and has worked exclusively in this field for twenty years.

In 2020 Dr Renko completed studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Master of Applied Science/Acupuncture). She was awarded the Postgraduate Acupuncture Prize which is awarded to the best student in final year of Masters of Applied Science (Acupuncture) in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.

Caroline has practiced as a solo GP in Bathurst for over twenty years. Dr Renko is now incorporating Acupuncture as a treatment modality for her patients.

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