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The Myth of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Date: 
1993
Pages: 
8
Summary: 
This document, produced by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective, demystifies the medical term "fibrocystic breast disease," and calls into question the tendency of medical practitioners to label women's bodies diseased or damaged. The document then goes on to describe different breast changes or conditions that often fall under the term "fibrocystic breast disease," including breast pain, breast lumpiness, and breast cysts. The document then describes different medical procedures used to determine whether lumps or cysts are benign or malignant, and also offers a comparison of natural treatments and drug treatments.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; breast health; herbal; alternative therapy; complementary therapy; fibrocystic breast disease; gender-based analysis

Breast Self-Exam

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Date: 
1993
Pages: 
3
Summary: 
This document, produced by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), provides instruction for women to conduct breast self-exams.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; breast health; breast self-exam

It's That Time of the Month

Publication type: 
Poster
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A poster advertising a Vancouver Women's Health Collective workshop on menstruation, dispelling myths bout menstruation, and talking about the history and biology of women and menstruation, as well as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); menstruation; women and health; women's health; workshop; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); workshop; women's organizations; discussion forum

Menstruation Workshop Notes for Chemicals in Products

Publication type: 
Conference / Meeting Proceedings
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
2
Summary: 
Notes for the Vancouver Women's Health Collective Menstruation workshop (2005). The notes include information about the presence of dioxins in tampons, the rumour of asbestos in tampons, and the symptoms and causes of toxic shock syndrome.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; menstruation; workshop; dioxins; toxic shock syndrome; environmental toxins; environmental health

Menstruation Workshop

Publication type: 
Conference / Meeting Proceedings
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Date: 
2005
Pages: 
7
Summary: 
Notes for the Vancouver Women's Health Collective workshop on menstruation (2005). Included is a report on the process of creating and presenting the workshop in 2005, with suggestions for future volunteers who might run the workshop.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; menstruation; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); workshop; evaluation; history; reproductive health;

Community Health Advocate Manual

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Sponsor: 
Vancouver/Richmond Health Board
Date: 
1998
Summary: 
The Community Health Advocate Manual is a comprehensive manual for training community health advocates (a project of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC) with funding from the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board). The manual includes information about the VWHC's feminist perspective on health and its philosophical position on the need for women's health care advocates in the health care system. The manual includes: a chapter on the BC health care system; a chapter on women's health issues (such as reproductive health, abortion, breast health, etc.); a chapter on empowering women and patients' rights; a chapter on dealing with violence and misconduct in the health care system; and a chapter detailing forms of advocacy and different ways that the community health advocates project could be used to advocate on behalf of women's health needs. The manual also includes: worksheets and strategies for advocating on behalf of a woman; case studies; summary of skills necessary for successful advocacy; resources for advocates, including articles on women's health and patients' rights; and contact information for other useful organizations.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; Community Health Advocate Project; advocacy; patients' rights; gender-based analysis; BC health system; community-based health; empowerment; grassroots; awareness raising

Volunteer Training Manual

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Sponsor: 
Secretary of State
Date: 
1984
Pages: 
66
Summary: 
A training manual for new volunteers of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC). The manual is quite thorough, and includes a history of the VWHC, its political position on Western medicine and the health care industry, its position on access to abortion, the need for preventative care and complementary therapy within the mainstream health care system, and the feminist and collective politics of the organization, The manual outlines different tools for effective communication within a collective, the importance of knowing about one's body (self-help model), and the politics of birth control that the VWHC believes in. The manual also includes a procedural component outlining the day-to-day activities of volunteering with the VWHC, from photocopying to administering pregnancy tests, abortion referrals, and cervical cap fitting.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; women's organizations; feminist organization; self help; self help workshops; volunteerism; volunteer; community-based health; gender-based analysis; workshop; health information dissemination;

Healthmatters Production Manual

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1980s
Pages: 
15
Summary: 
A production manual for the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC) newsletter called "Healthmatters," produced in the 1980s. The production manual includes guidelines for the newsletter layout, as well as suggestions for editing, and some commentary on the tendency of women to shy away from giving one another constructive criticism. The document establishes guidelines in order to make it easier and more systematic when editing and deciding on content for the newsletter.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); Healthmatters; health information dissemination; newsletter; women's organization; grassroots; guidelines;

Community Health Advocate Project Patient's Rights Workshop Kit

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Sponsor: 
Vancouver/Richmond Health Board
Pages: 
28
Summary: 
A workshop manual for the Patient's Rights workshop, part of the Community Health Advocate Project of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC). The manual includes some description of the VWHC, concerns and issues with finding a doctor, knowing your rights, information about the BC health care system, what to expect from a health care practitioner and from a physical exam, etc.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); Community Health Advocate Project; women and health; advocacy; patient's rights; community-based health; workshop; discussion forum; doctors; BC health system; Medical Services Plan (MSP); rights

Vancouver Women's Health Collective Procedure Manual for Files and Doctor Directory

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1989
Pages: 
7
Summary: 
This manual, prepared by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), instructs volunteer of the VWHC on the procedures for the health files and the doctor directory, both informational resources available in their information centre. The manual also includes gender-based analysis of the health care industry and common expectations of the doctor/patient relationship (the power hierarchy involved as the doctor is perceived to be the expert and authority in all circumstances). This analysis accompanies instructions for using the doctor directory, which women access at the VWHC.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; gender-based analysis; doctors; women's organizations; feminist organization; self help; community-based health; awareness raising; volunteer

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