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Hawke's Bay festival for women.

A women's health festival and seminar in Waipukurau in October attracted more than 300 women, and some men, from the central Hawke's Bay community. The day was organised by staff from the Central Hawke's Bay (CHB) Health Centre and was entitled Healthy Women; Healthy Families--Te Hauora o te Wahine, Te Hauora o te Whanau. It involved over 45 health providers, organisations and businesses coming together under one roof during breast cancer awareness month, to promote their services and products.

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The inspiration for the event came from nurses at the CHB Health Centre (the centre employs around 20 nurses, both on the ward and in the community) and grew rapidly as other providers and organisations became increasingly enthusiastic about the day. The festival proved a wonderful way of fostering links between other health and hauora providers, including Maori providers Te Whatuiapiti Trust and Choices and the Takapau Health Centre.

Access is often a problem in rural areas; the festival provided an opportunity for women to find out about services they could access from the region. The diversity on offer was impressive, with stalls including the Hawke's Bay Endometriosis Support Group, Dove Hawke's Bay, Strengthening Families, the cancer support group Look Good Feel Better, cervical screening, Breast Screen Aotearoa, Work and Income, Plunket, the Pacific community and the Maori Women's Welfare League.

Report by CHB Health Centre outpatients nurse Helen Waaka

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Author:Waaka, Helen
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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