‘While gender affects the health of both men and women, there are significant health consequences of discrimination against women in nearly every society. Poverty, unequal power relations between women and men and unequal access to resources, are powerful barriers to women in achieving and maintaining optimal levels of health.’ Read more of the report on the National Women's Council of Ireland website.
March 2014 - NWCI also published 'a user friendly guide to providing health services responsive to the needs of women and men Gender Matters'
The following services are free of charge:
Cervical Check - The National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60. A smear test is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix.
To arrange a smear test you can contact a registered smeartaker of your choice to make an appointment. Thousands of GPs, practice nurses, Women's Health, Family Planning and Well Woman Clinics all over Ireland are registered and you can see a full list in the 'Find a Smeartaker' section of this site. CervicalCheck also sends invitation letters to women who are on the CervicalCheck register. You can check that you are on the register in the 'Check register' section of www.cervicalcheck.ie
If you are not on the register you can add or update your personal details. If you have any questions you can call CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
Women who have already availed of a CervicalCheck smear test since the start of the programme on 1 September 2008 will be automatically re-called when their next smear test is due.
For more information call the Freephone 1 800 454555 0r see www.cervicalcheck.ie
BreastCheck is a Government-funded programme providing breast screening and invites women aged 50 to 64 for a free mammogram on an area-by-area basis every two years. The aim of BreastCheck is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by finding and treating the disease at an early stage.
BreastCheck encourages all women who receive an invitation to attend their appointment. Women who have any concerns regarding their appointment can contact BreastCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
BreastCheck continually encourages all women to check they are on the BreastCheck register and details are correct.
The BreastCheck Access Officer can arrange extra help for people with disabilities. More details here.
Breast screening is for women without symptoms and we urge any woman who has any concerns to visit her family doctor/GP immediately even if she has had a recent mammogram. We also encourage all women to remain breast aware between or after screenings and to check for any symptoms or changes in their breasts.
Screening promotion officers are available to work with community groups, women’s groups and health professionals on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and a member of the team covering your area will contact you.
For more information also see www.breastcheck.ie
For some of us, being the wrong size or shape leads to behavior that ruins or even threatens our lives. Eating disorders are illnesses that are generally believed to affect women rather than men. However, anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex, cultural or racial background. The following websites gives you more information and support:
Eating Disorder Association of Ireland www.bodywhys.ie/
Eating Disorder Resource Centre in Ireland www.eatingdisorders.ie/
Crisis Pregnancy Counselling
If you are worried about being pregnant Positive Option is listing organisations which may be able to help. All of the organisations listed on their website offer pregnancy counselling that is free, non-judgemental and trustworthy. Pregnancy counselling can provide an opportunity for you to explore your feelings about your pregnancy and to discuss the choices open to you in confidence and privacy.
Further details of the services provided by these agencies can be found by freetexting LIST to 50444 or by visiting positiveoptions.ie.
Living Well with Dementia
Living Well with Dementia is a three year community-based project which aims to raise awareness about dementia, reduce stigma, promote early diagnosis and provide support for people living with dementia in Stillorgan/Blackrock. The project aims to build upon the existing community spirit in these areas.
The community as a whole, including shops, schools, clubs, recreational facilities and business will be given the opportunity to come together with health care professionals to gain an understanding of dementia and contribute to the care and wellbeing of the person with dementia as they travel their journey.
For more information please contact
Bridget Doyle (Project Manager)
Phone: 01 706 0119
Also volunteers required to support our activities by becoming a befriender with the Living Well with Dementia Project. This may involve visiting someone in their home or accompanying them in their daily activities such as shopping, swimming, golf, gardening, visits to the library, or providing transport to our local activity groups.
Time commitment : 1-2 hours per week.
For more information contact: Vivienne McCann Tel: 087 9185 842 Email: email@example.com
Garda Vetting is a requirement. Training and support will be provided.
Dublin AIDS Alliance (DAA)
Supports peopkle living with Hepatitis/HIV/AIDS, their families and caregivers. Services include counselling, advocacy, community support, outreach and provision of education and training on HIV and sexual health.
53 Parnell Square West
Phone: 01 8733 799 Mon - Fri from 9.30am - 5.30pm
1800 459 459 Mon - Sun from 10am - 5pm
For more information look up www.dublinaidsalliance.ie
The Women's Health Project
Services for women working in prostitution - STI sceening including HIV, Hepatitis A,B & C, vaccinations, smears, contraception, pregnancy testing, referral and education. All services including condoms are free. Interpretation services available.
Drop in clinic: Wed 2pm - 5pm & Thurs 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Baggot Street Clinic
19 Haddington Road
Phone: 1800 201 187 Mon - Fri from 9am - 5pm
Healthy Food Made Easy Programme
This Community based nutrition and cooking programme aims to encourage healthy eating, to improve the knowledge of nutrition when preparing meals at home and to eat healthy meals on a budget.
This is a 6 weeks course of 2 - 2,5 hour sessions per week. There will be an opportunity for all participants to prepare, cook and eat healthy food.
If you have any questions or belong to a group that would like further information please contact
HFME Project Coordinator
Phone: 01 706 0100
More information on Southside Partnership website
Please view all the local Health Centres in the county on http://w4w.farend.net/minority-women/mental-health/