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

7. Developing the new National Women’s Health Policy

Page last updated: 20 April 2009

The Government has stated that 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 highestrisk 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.
There needs to be discussion and input from women in general, women’s health stakeholder groups, health professionals and others about how these aims can be achieved. Part of the discussion needs to be around the 1989 National Women’s Health Policy to see if its priority areas are still current, and to assist in identifying strategies that have worked in improving women’s health over the past decade or two.