WITH more than 200 people attending a free women’s wellness evening in Invercargill last month, organisers said the inaugural event was a huge success.
The aim of the event, Joozh up your relationship, was to provide access to a wide range of women’s health services including free and discreet cervical and sexual health screening.
The event was co-hosted by the Southern District Health Board (SDHB), Cancer Society, National Cervical Screening and the Southland Respect Network.
SDHB cervical screening adviser and event co-ordinator Sue Smith said the theme focused on women’s relationships with themselves and others.
“We wanted to enlighten and bring awareness to women of all ages,” Mrs Smith said.
“It was great to see daughters, mothers and grandmothers coming in together, and husbands and wives.”
Ms Smith said the idea for the event originated from hearing conversations among her health service colleagues that women often didn’t know where to access help and information, or they were too embarrassed to make inquiries.
“It’s about creating a space for women to have open and frank discussion about topics they may not feel comfortable talking about elsewhere.”
There were also “fun-filled activities” on offer, including a photo booth, henna tattooing and massage.
Invercargill Town Crier Lynley McKerrow was MC on the night and said she received really positive feedback from attendees who were already looking forward to the next one.
The free event was made possible with the support of local businesses and organisations including the Invercargill Licensing Trust, which sponsored the venue.