In 2007, the Australian Government made an election commitment to develop a new National Women's Health Policy in recognition of the fact that it has been 20 years since the last Australian women's health policy has been developed. It is time for the health issues and concerns of Australian women to be reconsidered. The women's policy will recognise gender as a basic determinant of health, which gives rise to different health outcomes and different needs for women and men. In line with international developments and the Australian Government's social inclusion agenda, the policy will emphasise prevention, health inequalities and the social determinants of those inequalities. The women's policy will address the needs of:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women;
  • immigrant and refugee women;
  • women from disadvantaged backgrounds, including women experiencing homelessness;
  • women from rural and remote areas; and
  • women with a disability, including mental illness.
  • The purpose of the new National Women's Health Policy is to:
  • improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia, especially those with the highest risk of poor health;
  • encourage the health system to be more responsive to the needs of women;
  • actively promote the participation of women in health decision making and management; and
  • promote health equity among women.