The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia. This year, the CWA is addressing ‘Health Care Inequality’, to raise awareness of a widening gap between health care services in country communities and those in metropolitan centres.
Seven million Australians live outside the nation’s major cities, representing a significant proportion of the population. The CWA are calling on governments at all levels to address this and ensure country NSW receives its fair share. Families in regional and rural NSW face increasing challenges in addressing their health concerns, maintaining their health and meeting the costs of treatment. These include:
• Shortage of GPs in rural and regional areas
• Difficulty recruiting specialists, specialist nurses and allied health care professionals
• Poor access to dental care
• Shortage of drug and alcohol support and rehabilitation services
• Shortage of mental health facilities
• Downgrading of local hospitals
• Lack of support (psychological) for those with chronic or terminal illness in rural areas and their families/carers
Locally the Canowindra CWA:
• Supports local schools with prizes and competitions and provides student music scholarships
• Maintains a hall for community groups and businesses to use
• Caters at local events
• Participates in a range of community activities and fundraisers
• Enjoys social events and guest speakers, developing a strong network of support for local women
• Lobbies for improvements for women, for the local area and for rural and regional Australia
This Sunday 9th September 2018 the CWA will hold a Sunday Serenade at All Saints Anglican Church at 2pm. Monies raised on Sunday will go towards student music scholarships. Previous scholarship winners will be among the ten performances. Entry is $5.
The Canowindra Branch of the CWA meets at 6.30 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month at the CWA Hall.