Development of a new National Women’s Health Policy Consultation Discussion Paper 2009

2. Purpose of the Consultation Discussion Paper

Page last updated: 20 April 2009

This Consultation Discussion Paper has been developed to provide background information and promote discussion about the National Women’s Health Policy and important health issues for women. The paper provides an overview of Australian women’s health, and discusses some key determinants of health, sex and gender and other social determinants of health. It then discusses some of the health inequities experienced by disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of
Australian women.

The Australian Government will undertake consultations with consumers, the community, health service providers, key women’s groups and state and territory governments, to make sure that the new National Women’s Health Policy meets the varied needs of Australian women of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and locations. The views of stakeholders and interested persons will help to shape the development of the policy.