NT PHN celebrates International Women’s Day

Health Service Providers

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) staff were treated to a women’s health quiz by Dr Tamsin Cockayne, Executive Manager Clinical.

Tamsin opened the session with a welcome to country and acknowledged the work of female Indigenous leaders in improving health outcomes within their communities. The NT PHN team was then quizzed on important women’s health matters, including contraception, reproductive health, and cervical and breast cancer screening.

Following the quiz, Tamsin led a discussion on breast and cervical cancer screening in the NT. She explained that changes to cervical cancer screening expected in the coming year will provide more accurate results and will reduce the frequency that women need to be tested. Tamsin also highlighted that breast screening is available to Territorian women aged 40 to 74 years. Screening rates in the NT for both breast and cervical cancer are currently below the national average.

Nicki Herriott, NT PHN CEO, said, “Our vision is for people in the Northern Territory to enjoy their best health and wellbeing – this includes our staff. International Women’s Day was a great opportunity for our team to come together to discuss health issues that might affect them or their loved ones.”

Following the quiz and information session, staff in both the Darwin and Alice Springs offices enjoyed a healthy morning tea where chatter continued around women’s health issues. Bold colours and patterns abounded in honour of the 2017 International Women’s Day theme – be bold for change.

NT PHN supports improved health outcomes for women in the Northern Territory. Through meaningful sector reform and commissioning of health services, NT PHN is supporting improved health outcomes for Territory women and men.