Have your say on the future of women’s health in WA

Western Australian consumers, health service providers and non-government agencies are urged to have their say on the best ways to improve women’s health and wellbeing in WA.

An expression of interest process is underway to establish a working group to oversee the development of the WA Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy, which will focus on inequalities in health outcomes between women and men, and in population risk groups of girls and women.

The policy will be informed by an online community survey and face-to-face consultations, which will run until June 28, 2019.

Designed to complement work currently underway on the Western Australia’s Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy, the policy will identify areas for action that align with the priorities of the soon to be released National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 and the McGowan Government’s Women’s plan, currently under development by the Department of Communities.

Results of the consultation will inform the final policy, anticipated for release during Women’s Health Week in September.

For more information or to access the online community survey, visit https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/womenshealth, or contact Health Networks on 9222 0200 or via email at healthpolicy@health.wa.gov.au

“We need to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of WA women – not only for their sake, but also for their partners, families, and our whole community,” said Health Minister Roger Cook.

“I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to shape the future of women’s health and wellbeing services in Western Australia.

“The new WA Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy will guide the WA health system and its partners in delivering strategies that improve the physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of women and girls living in WA.”

Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk said, “We know that gender is a key determinant of health, which is why this strategy is so important.

“Despite the progress that has already been made, we know there is still significant work to be done in achieving gender equality for women.

“If we are to achieve equality – in health and in other aspects of life – it is important that we listen to women about what is important to them and the changes they want to see.”