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Read Women’s Health Tasmania’s blogs for up-to-date information on current health issues.

The virus that causes cancer

That sounds like a horror movie. What are we talking about?

Human papillomavirus (HPV). It can cause cancer, including cervical cancer 

What is HPV?

A cartoon image of protective methods against HPV

Muscles on a stalk?! (Learn more about uterine fibroids)

What are you talking about? What are uterine fibroids? 

They are benign tumours in or on the muscle wall of the uterus.

How common are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are very common (picture Oprah Winfrey shouting to her audience, ‘you get a fibroid, and you get a fibroid!’) 

Woman holding a model of a uterus which has grey and black tumours (fibroids)

The health gap in Tasmania

There’s a big difference in how men and women experience health. Women spend 25% more of their lives in poor health relative to men, and they experience greater degrees of disability.

Two mothers with their baby

Undies, landfill, and climate change

Around 45 billion single use period products go into global landfill every month.  

These old-fashioned pads and tampons are full of plastic. They can take 500-800 years to break down and have a devastating impact on the environment.  

Person in hazmat suit and mask standing on a tip.

Be prepared! 

Wherever you live in Tassie, there are things you can do right now to reduce the impact of bushfires. This is good for your health! 

If you live close to the bush, do your 5-minute bushfire plan! Developed by the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS), the plan will help you be ready and safe. It reminds you how to prepare your property and animals and what to pack in advance.  

Scorched tree standing in middle of fire

Tea (and cake) at the Climate Café  

Climate anxiety can make us feel alone. That’s where Climate Cafés come in.  

Therese and Molly are about to begin hosting Climate Cafés in the nipaluna/Hobart area.  

What is a Climate Café? Is there cake? 

Molly: Climate Cafes are places where people get together to share difficult feelings about the climate crisis.  

Climate Café facilitators Molly Kendall (left) and Therese Smith (right).

Feeling anxious about the climate?

Climate anxiety is the name given to feelings like worry, fear, sadness, anger, uncertainty, helplessness, and loss related to the climate crisis.

It can be about

Woman with dark curls in a yellow sweater sitting in front of a plain green background. Her face has merged into a long blur of colour.

We are all like teapots

We are all like teapots

Yes, that’s right. A teapot. We are pouring cups of tea out of our pot all day every time we help other people. But we are not magic teapots. We get empty!

A glass teapot three quarters full of tea. It also has a flower in it.

Shout your story! Because stories are medicine  

by Lily Sassafras ,

You only need to listen to the silence about abortion to know that, even though it’s a legal health procedure and accessible in Tasmania, it’s still a major taboo to talk about it openly.  

A Russian Revolution poster showing a woman in headscarf shouting into a megaphone

Our response to Tassie's draft Housing Strategy

The Tasmanian Government is working on a Housing Strategy and has just released a draft for comment.

Medium distance photograph of houses on a hill in Hobart