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

Why are women more at risk from poker machines?

By Margie Law

Margie is a senior policy analyst at Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre. She has been researching and advocating on gambling policy for 20 years.

Why are women more vulnerable than men to poker machines?

Image: Woman playing a poker machine

Are vulvas really too rude for pictures?

The most common cosmetic surgeries are is on breasts, noses, eyelids and stomachs. Would it surprise you to learn that vulvas are also increasingly being subjected to cosmetic surgery?

Image: Ancient Greek Baubo Goddess sculpture

Reusable Menstrual Products

The GST was removed from most menstrual products in January 2019.  This is not before time, as it has been estimated that if you menstruate from about 13 years of age until 51, your period is likely to cost you around $19,000. [i]

But while the financial cost for women may have improved slightly, there is a greater cost to the environment.

Image: Menstrual cup and reusable cloth sanitary pad

Women at greater risk of harm from Pokies

by Margie Law, 2nd Dec, 2019

Here’s another way that women are different than men; we’re at greater risk of being harmed by poker machines. We’re more likely to be harmed later in life, and we take longer to recover from gambling problems.

Photo by Stokpic of a row of Poker Machines.

Ask Me About My Uterus - Book Review

by Ella van Emmerik, 23rd Oct, 2019

I feel, I should preface this review with the fact that I read this book right after getting out of my own endometriosis excision surgery and off my head on oxycodone. However, it was the exact thing I needed to help navigate my emotions and physical trials during the post-op period.


 Photo by Karen Olson. Photo of Author Abby Norman with her book Ask Me About My Uterus.

Fertility Apps

by Ella van Emmerik, 16th Oct, 2019

The FemTech industry, or female health technology, is experiencing exponential growth worldwide, with an estimated $1 billion of investment in the last 3 years. Yes, there are now iPhone apps claiming to replace all forms of hormonal contraception - but how accurately can an app prevent pregnancy?

Woman looking at a pregnancy test holding her head looking concerned

Cycle tracking apps and data security

by Ella van Emmerik, 30th Sep, 2019

Cycle tracking apps, or “Menstruapps” are the most popular type of health app, with over 200 available in the App Store. These apps claim to offer more freedom, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to understanding your cycle - but can users really rest easy when their most intimate data is potentially being sold to third parties?

Large computer server processing data

If you are sexually active with anyone, you need a pap smear

by Lucy Shannon, 30th Sep, 2019

We keep hearing women say they've been told they don't need a pap smear if they don't have sex with men. WRONG! Read this article for everything you need to know about the new pap smear regime!

Cervix embroidery pointing towards the future of pap smears!

Women in Shorts

by Alison Mann, 25th Sep, 2019

There are terrible gender inequities in the film industry. But in spite of this, Tassie women film makers are achieving at the top of their field.

Director Rebecca Thomson with Ninna Millikin filming Julia Drouhin on Mount Wellington 2017 - photo by Lara van Raay