The National Women's Health Summit

Women on the agenda

Not only do women and girls make up more than half the Australian population, but they also form the majority of health service providers and carers in our society as well as making the majority of health decisions for their families. Women are, therefore, central to the health of the nation. However, clear disparities in health outcomes exist in Australia, with different groups experiencing wellbeing and illness in unequal ways. Gendered differences in population health status mean there remains significant scope to improve the health of Australian women.

Women’s health is not an abstract issue, and cannot be isolated from the social and political environment in which women live. The context of women’s lives is a major influence on their health outcomes and those of their children. 

On average, women in Australia have a high level of health throughout their lifespan. They have among the longest life expectancies in the world, with low infant mortality rates and relatively low levels of life years lost during young and middle age. However, there are a number of population groups which experience significantly poorer health outcomes than the general population. There are also some specific areas of healthcare relevant to women, such as sexual and reproductive health, where outcomes could be improved. 

By addressing these targeted areas would help reduce the current inequities in health status in Australia and increase average health outcomes for women as a group and, consequently, the country’s population as a whole.  

In addition, action on the social determinants of health, such as reducing the gender gap in superannuation, would help improve women’s health overall and assist in meeting the future healthcare needs of the ageing population. 

Who attended

Australia’s top 100 influencers in the field of women’s health and related disciplines attended the summit. With speakers from across the political spectrum, attendees put women on the agenda in the run up to the Federal elections. 

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