Raising the Bar

An associate professor, a gynaecologist and a research fellow walk into a bar… It’s not the set up for a joke but a series of informal talks that could save your life. After last year’s successful launch, Raising The Bar returns with 20 sessions run by experts in their field – think of them as fascinating podcasts that can actually stop to answer your questions.

Some of the talks will tackle complex issues like the global refugee crisis while others address recent phenomena such as the legal implications of driverless cars. It’s all part of an attempt to begin a well-informed conversation about topics that are important but often overlooked. And the three aforementioned experts deal in an area that fits both of those criteria: women’s health. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and these three specialists have dedicated their lives to helping women make informed decisions about their well being.
Here’s what you need to know.

What Should You Really Be Eating During Pregnancy?

Is a glass of wine with dinner ok? How much iron is enough? And what’s the deal with cheese? Almost everyone seems to have an opinion on what you should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy but it’s hard to know which advice to heed, especially when so much of it is conflicting. Fortunately, Dr Jessica Grieger’s opinion carries more weight than most – she specialises in nutrition during pregnancy, studying the food, nutrients and dietary patterns that can optimise the chances of a healthy pregnancy and she’ll be providing practical advice as well as doing plenty of mythbusting during her session.

Understanding Endometriosis

Despite affecting one in ten women and causing severe pain and even infertility, endometriosis is often misdiagnosed and poorly understood even by health professionals. But as the head  of the University of Adelaide’s Endometriosis Research Group, Louise Hull is helping to change that. Her work has helped hundreds of women and in her talk she explains what it is, how it can affect your body and what to do if you suspect that you have it.

What Is Breast Density And Why Does It Matter?

Breast biologist Wendy Ingman studies the link between breast density and increased rates of breast cancer, a field that scientist are only just beginning to understand. Though it can only be detected with a mammogram, breast density can be a vital tool for early detection and even prevention of breast cancer.

Raising The Bar takes place on Tuesday August 13 across the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters

Words: Alexis Buxton-Collins