Shire celebrates local women as part of Women’s Health Week

Published on Friday, 4 September 2020 at 9:09:13 AM

Five local women will share their personal stories and encourage other local women to put their health first as part of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s online campaign to celebrate Women’s Health Week.

Celebrated from 7-11 September, Women’s Health Week explores health-related tips, tools and information to allow all women to achieve good health.

SJ Library Friends volunteer Sue Gray, cattle stud farmer Michele Fleming, children’s health advocate Salli Galvin, community support worker Shivani Diwan and Byford Secondary College student Sophie Scott will be profiled on the Shire’s digital platforms, sharing what they do to maintain positive physical and mental health.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the Shire was committed to providing information that empowered residents to make informed healthy choices for themselves and their families.

“One of the objectives of our recently adopted Health and Wellbeing Strategy is to grow healthy and active lifestyles, together,” Cr Rich said.

“It is great that we are able to share the stories of these five diverse women and encourage other women to prioritise their own health so they can live longer, healthier and happier lives.

“In the current COVID-19 climate, it is more important than ever that we take care of both our physical and mental health and look after one another.”

“A big thank you to Sue, Salli, Michele, Shivani and Sophie for sharing their stories and health tips.”

The stories will be published daily starting Monday, 7 September, on the Shire’s website and social media pages. This campaign follows on from the successful Men’s Health Week promotion launched by the Shire in June.

Learn more about the week and health tips at

Sue Gray

Having lived in Byford for 24 years, Sue Gray has seen first-hand the town transform. After retiring from her job as a Library Clerk, Sue has remained an active part of the SJ community.

She is a member of @SJ Library Friends and an Associate Member of the Mundijong Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and is also a familiar face at Zumba classes and the local walking group.

Maintaining a balance of interests and activities allows Sue to keep connected to her community, have engaging discussions with others and keeps her mind active.

All great ways in which Sue makes good health a priority in her life. Sharing a cuppa, a laugh and good food with friends helps too!

Thank you Sue for sharing your story as part of Women’s Health Week and encouraging other local women to put their health first.

Salli Galvin

Salli Galvin is a passionate mental health and positive well-being advocate who believes that a strong, fit and flexible mind is as equally important as a strong, fit and flexible body.

She is the owner and founder of Jarrahdale Mind Fitness for Kids which delivers courses to help children develop the life skills they need to navigate life with confidence and reach their full potential.

Salli has also found success in the action packed sport of polocrosse, where she was named Australia’s youngest polocrosse representative and is the first woman to be awarded the enviable title of Best Western Australian Player for 2017.

Her oasis is the Jarrahdale Equestrian Centre, a home away from home for her husband and their four young sons. The Centre is the embodiment of the values Salli treasures: good nutrition, plenty of outdoor activity and mindfulness.

Thank you Salli for sharing your story as part of Women’s Health Week.

Michele Fleming

Michele Fleming, along with her husband Barry and children Ben and Kelly, run the Glendale Cattle Stud that was founded and developed by Michele’s parents in 1992.

Michele has lived in Serpentine her whole life and is a member of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food & Farm Alliance and a passionate advocate for regenerative agriculture practices and chemical free farming.

Michele knows that good health is necessary for maintaining a strong immune system. Her sustainable farming practices focus on building healthy soils, because healthy soils leads to healthier animals, which we all benefit from.

Thank you Michele for sharing your story as part of Women’s Health Week.

Shivani Diwan

Shivani Diwan’s top tip for maintaining good health is focusing on small sustainable changes, which make good habits easier to maintain in the long term.

Having lived in Byford for five years with her husband and their two primary school aged children, she leads a busy life as a Community Support Worker and is an active community volunteer and member of the Byford Multicultural Club.

By keeping organised with a schedule, Shivani makes sure that between her family, community and work commitments she also has time for herself for workouts and meditation.

Thank you Shivani for sharing your story as part of Women's Health Week.

Sophie Scott

Fourteen-year-old Sophie Scott is a student at Byford Secondary College and is a regular at the Shire’s Youth Drop In service.

She has lived in Serpentine her whole life and is a keen dancer who also volunteers at the dance studio she attends. 

Sophie’s dance skills keep her balanced physically, and balance is something she values in other areas of her life too.

By surrounding herself with positive people and experiences at school, dance class and her social life, Sophie maintains a balanced life that enhances good health.

Thank you Sophie for sharing your story as part of Women’s Health Week.

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