Dalgety Does it Again

Hundreds of women of all ages travelled from across Australia on May 7 to be part of the Dalgety Women’s Day.

This annual event celebrated its 14th year with the theme “Learning and Growing – bridging the gap”. The event is so loved by all those who attend which means getting a ticket is proving increasingly difficult and most prized.

Our Southern RAMHP worker Jen Keioskie, who is part of the organising committee, was there to make sure mental health was part of that discussion. “I am very proud of this little event with big attitude. It seriously punches above its weight in terms of the calibre of speakers it attracts as well as the outcome,” Jen said.

This year saw a range of speakers including Lions National Youth Speaker of the Year, Molly Campbell and Pat Hall from Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre. Pat was not only incredibly inspiring but also incredibly funny, however she had nothing on the main attraction Denise Drysdale. It seemed rather appropriate that this year’s health component was on incontinence as the hall was wetting themselves with Denise’s slap stick routine.

While the day is in part about having a good time it also has a serious side with a strong emphasis on increasingly community connectedness, reducing social isolation and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Medicare Local was on hand giving health checks and all participants were given information bags containing a variety of health, including mental health resources.

Unfortunately stigma around mental illness still exists. Community events such as Dalgety Women’s Day are such great avenues for providing information on mental health, what it is and where to get help.

After Dalgety Women’s Day, Jen received a phone call from a professional woman who had not been feeling well for some time. The woman thought she was just tired and busy until she completed the beyondblue questionnaire found in the information bag from Dalgety Women’s Day. This person has since seen their GP, has been diagnosed with depression and is currently undertaking counselling.

“If we can help even one person we know this will have a profound ripple effect not just across their family and friend's but the community at large,” Jen said.


Dawn Keioskie, Special Guest Denise Drysdale, and RAMHP Worker Jen Keioskie