NEW DIRECTIONS FOR IMPROVING WOMEN’S HEALTH
Ensuring women have access to the right health care at the
right time is a key objective of the Gillard Government’s National Women’s
Health Policy 2010 released today.
Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and Minister
for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said that the National Women’s Health
Policy provides a comprehensive approach to the health needs of women and
acknowledges that health needs vary across the population.
"This policy will prioritise preventing chronic disease
among women and has a clear focus on maintaining and developing health
services and prevention programs that target the greatest challenges to
women’s health over the next two decades," Ms Roxon said.
"It is twenty years since the first national women’s
healthy policy and there have been significant changes in the way women
live their lives."
"Never before have we seen such enormous growth in chronic
disease. Nearly half of all women are overweight and 27 per cent of women
aged over 25 have high blood pressure. Sadly, large gaps in health
outcomes for women from low socioeconomic groups, particularly Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander women still remain," Ms Ellis said.
"This policy is about ensuring women have the information
and support to take control of their immediate and longer term health."
Ms Roxon and Ms Ellis also announced an additional $5.3
million in funding to support the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s
Health that will help continue to build the evidence base on women’s
"Knowing more about the key issues that impact on women’s
health is fundamental to improving health outcomes for all Australian
women", Ms Roxon said.
The additional funding will enable a new younger cohort of
women to be added to the study, providing valuable information on the
changes and challenges to women’s health over time across a broader range
of age groups.
The policy is available at: